Hot on the heels of the Concept V-ision e introduced at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show earlier this month, Mercedes-Benz announced plans to launch 10 new plug-in hybrid models by 2017.
The company kicked things off last year with the Mercedes-Benz S 500 Plug-in Hybrid, and the all-new C 350e will follow in just a couple of days (select markets only). Eventually, the German automaker would like to offer plug-in hybrid variants with most products in its lineup. They will be identified with the “e” designation.
Without giving too many details, Mercedes-Benz confirmed that plug-in hybrid technology will make its entry soon in the SUV segment with the new Mercedes-Benz GLE.
Meanwhile, the Concept V-ision e unveiled in Geneva suggests that a version of the midsize van (sold in Europe as the Vito and soon to be launched in the U.S. as the Metris) will receive a plug-in hybrid system, as well.
“Plug-in hybrids offer our customers the best of both worlds; in the city they can drive in all-electric mode, while on long journeys they benefit from the combustion engine’s range,” said Thomas Weber, who's responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development at Daimler. “In addition, hybridization makes the combustion engine more efficient and brings with it a special type of dynamic performance – making driving an absolute pleasure.”
Source : thedetroitbureau.com