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The new Mercedes-benz CLS has been de­signed so that it could be fit­ted with a plug-in hy­brid pow­er­train – although Kelz says the firm has no plans to in­tro­duce one.

The petrol-en­gined ver­sions of the 2018 CLS fea­ture a 48V EQ Boost hy­brid unit, with en­gines taken from the S-class range. While that model is get­ting a plug-in hy­brid op­tion, Kelz told Au­to­car the CLS would only get such sys­tems if it was re­quired by a change in leg­is­la­tion or de­mand.

“It would be tech­ni­cally pos­si­ble to fit a plug-in hy­brid but we have no plans to do so,” he said. “The de­mand for hy­brids is not that high, so there’s no sense [in do­ing so]. But if it be­comes nec­es­sary, we made sure the trunk was wide enough to house a plugin hy­brid mo­tor.”

The Mercedes S-class will go on sale in plug-in hy­brid form

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