Frankfurt 2007: Mercedes has an answer for Lexus with S-Class Hybrids

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click above image to view high-res gallery of the Mercedes S300 Hybrid Concept

During the huge debut Mercedes held for the F700 Concept and C-Class Estate, it also showed off the new 2010 Mercedes-Benz S300. This is the first product of a collaboration between Mercedes and BMW to develop a less complex mild hybrid that could be adapted to most of their vehicles. Promised for 2010, this will be the first model introduced under that program. It mates the 3.0L Bluetec diesel V-6 to that new hybrid set-up and gets a combined 43.6 mpg (in US gallons) on the economy cycle.

Sounds pretty efficient to us. Mercedes also had some info on the 2009 S400 Hybrid, which uses a petrol engine instead of the diesel used in the S300, and will be the first gas-engined German hybrid on the market when it goes on sale in ’09. While the car itself looks exactly like the S300 above, we added a shot of the placard to our gallery so you can see the specs.

If this sounds like a good thing to you, and frankly, why wouldn’t it, click over to AB Green to read more about the car and the technology behind it. And don’t forget to check out the gallery of live shots as well.

[Source: Mercedes-Benz via AutoblogGreen]

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