Mercedes is reportedly developing the next-generation S-Class as a hybrid-only model, with a range of different powertrains on offer, paving the way for the all-electric EQ S.
Autocar reports that the seventh generation of the S-Class will be capable of driving up to 62 miles (100km) on electricity alone, as well as feature a brand new 4Matic all-wheel drive system with a fully variable torque split between the axles.
Mercedes is going to use the latest 3.0-liter and 2.9-liter straight-six petrol and diesel engines for its new hybrid powertrains, as well as the AMG-developed 4.0-liter V8.
The new S-Class is expected to use an updated version of the MRA platform and be sold exclusively in long-wheelbase format in order to create more breathing room between itself and the E-Class.
The all-electric EQ S, on the other hand, will become the company’s first model to use the new, EV-exclusive MEA platform, which was designed from scratch to take advantage of the different packaging that comes with electric motors and battery packs.
The electric flagship will be powered by two motors, one on each axle. Power levels are expected to be greater than those in the 400hp EQ C, with Mercedes even planning an AMG version with over 600hp. The automaker also targets a driving range of over 310 miles (500km).
Despite riding on different platforms, the upcoming S-Class and the EQ S will share the same active suspension, which is an evolution of the existing AirMatic+, capable of working together with a 48-volt system and a stereo camera that scans the road ahead.
Mercedes is expected to launch the new S-Class late this year, with the all-electric EQ S to hit the market in 2022.