The new S-Class. Press Drive, Canada 2013, Die neue S-Klasse. Pressefahrvorstellung in Kanada,  2013

Mercedes-Benz has released details and photos of the latest S 300 BlueTEC Hybrid – a new electric motor-assisted four-cylinder diesel variant of the latest W222 S-Class. It’s the third hybrid model in the range, after the S 400 Hybrid and S 500 Plug-In Hybrid.

The S 300 BlueTEC Hybrid makes use of a 2.2 litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine that develops 204 hp and 500 Nm of torque, paired to an electric motor rated at 20 kW/27 hp and 250 Nm. The results are astounding: 0-100 km/h in 7.6 seconds, 240 km/h top speed, 4.4 litres per 100 km (combined) and just 115 grams of CO2 per kilometre.

The same engine, sans the electric motor, has been used in an S-Class before – in the previous-generation W221 Mercedes-Benz S 250 CDI. That car’s 6.6 litre per 100 km claim – class-leading when new – is now matched by the new W222 S 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC with its powerful 258 hp/620 Nm 3.0 litre turbodiesel motor.

With the addition of these two model and the recently-announced S 600 and S 65 AMG flagship V12 variants, the W222 S-Class range now boasts 16 different versions (including combinations of short and long wheelbases, rear-wheel drive and 4MATIC) mere months into its international market launch.

As for Malaysia, we should be getting the latest S-Class in the next few months. We’ve already spotted the S 400 Hybrid and S 500 models here, so expect the same two variants to make up the W222’s local launch lineup.