We haven’t seen the W222 S-Class at JPJ Putrajaya yet, nor is Mercedes-Benz going to be at KLIMS13 so we aren’t likely to see it there, but nevertheless the car has been sighted on this trailer by reader Kuu Jiun. Although these images aren’t hi-res, we’re informed that the bootlid badge says ‘Hybrid’.

The W222 S400 Hybrid is powered by Mercedes-Benz’s 306 hp/370 Nm 3.5 litre CGI engine that you will usually find in the S350 CGI, but here it is mated to a 27 hp/250 Nm electric motor, integrated between the engine and the 7G-TRONIC PLUS gearbox. Combined fuel consumption is rated at just 6.3 litres per 100 km, compared to the S500’s 8.6l/100 km.

The only other hybrid in its class sold in Malaysia is the ActiveHybrid 7L, which has a massive RM940k price tag. However, given Mercedes-Benz Malaysia’s tendency to CKD the entire S-Class range (for the W221, even the S500 was CKD), there just might be a chance for the S400 Hybrid to be offered at a more interesting price tag.

Mercedes-Benz S 400 HYBRID (W 222) 2013

There could be a possibility for the government to offer incentives for an CKD hybrid S-Class as part of the NAP revision, which is expected to give priority to CKD hybrids. After all, the government has offered partial exemptions for BMW’s ActiveHybrid 3 and ActiveHybrid 5 even though they are fully imported.

The S400 Hybrid is one of three hybrid models for the W222 S-Class. The other models are the S350 BlueTEC Hybrid which combines a 2.1 litre turbodiesel engine with the same 27 hp electric motor, and the S500 Plug-In Hybrid, which combines a 3.0 litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine with a more powerful 60 hp electric motor and includes plug-in charging capability.

There is still the issue of what model will replace the popular entry-level S300L in Malaysia at the RM600k to RM700k price point. Mercedes-Benz has not revealed any entry-level engine yet, with the ‘smallest’ petrol engine we’ve heard of so far is the twin-turbo 3.0 litre V6 in the upcoming S400L model, which we expect will take the place of the W221 S350L CGI here in Malaysia. Will the 231 hp/300 Nm 3.0 litre motor in the current S300 be continued?