The gargantuan Mercedes ML450. (Credit: Mercedes-Benz)
Mercedes is also hybridizing another big Benz to create the S400 BlueHybrid. I think the company should instead consider a gas-electric version of its tiny A-Class, which would probably be good for 40-50 mpg. The Germans think we're permanently stuck in big SUV mode, while they cheerfully keep the innovative small stuff over in Europe. An A-class hybrid would be a lot cheaper, too, and I’d sit up and take notice.
Here's what the new big Benz looks like on the road:
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