Not too long ago, we showed you a video showcasing the green technologies in the new Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug-In Hybrid: impressive stuff, but with its relevance strictly limited to the flagship S-Class, you could argue that it wasn’t all that concerning to many.
Now, however, a new report from Automotive News states that the German carmaker will start introducing plug-in hybrid variants throughout its entire model range next.
The new S-Class was the first model in the carmaker’s line-up to get a plug-in hybrid version. Mercedes-Benz’s R&D chief, Thomas Weber has told the publication that the marque will launch ten plug-in hybrid models by 2017, but the exact timing of each model is unspecified.
This will include electrified versions of the W205 C-Class, next-gen E-Class, successor to GLK-Class (to be named GLC-Class) and also on the replacement model for the M-Class (to be called the GLE-Class).
The new plug-in hybrid range will be based on Daimler’s rear-wheel-drive architectures, but the system is also said to work with an all-wheel drive layout. Hybrid-specific parts will be shared amongst the models.
In order to provide an even loading floor, the wagons and SUVs will be fitted with a redesigned flatter battery pack.
We also hear that plug-in hybrid variants of compact front-wheel drive models such as the 2014 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, CLA-Class and GLA-Class will arrive by 2020.