The days of the current generation of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, E-Class, GLE and S-class are numbered. The German automaker decided to end its production cycle to make way for its next generation models under the EQ banner.
According to Autocar the successor of the units mentioned will carry the “third generation technology” from Mercedes. All of them will soon be marketed with EQ badges.
The source claimed a Mercedes spokesman confirmed the changes. The first to benefit from the upgrade will be the S560e fairing on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The S560e fairing will replace the S500 fairing and will be available on the market from autumn. The car will use 6-cylinder gasoline coupled with an electric motor.
Two E class PHEVs will follow the S-Class PHEV by the end of 2018. One of them will have a gasoline engine coupled with EQ technology and the other will have a diesel engine that works with EQ Boost.
The C class PHEV is expected to hit the market in 2019. An A-class PHEV is expected to come onto the market after the C-class PHEV as well. The A-Class PHEV is Mercedes’ answer to the Audi A3 e-tron.
According to the report, there are still no details on the upcoming GLE PHEV. However, they believe the hybrid SUV will be due later this year. The GLE PHEV will likely sport the same hybrid setup as the S560e.
The next-generation PHEVs in the C-Class, E-Class, S-Class and GLE are expected to be equipped with the latest nine-speed automatic transmission from Mercedes. The EQ Boost is estimated to add 121 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque to the stock engine configurations of these units. The top speed and the electric range of the models are also significantly increased.