To celebrate Pope Benedict's return to Germany, Mercedes is reportedly developing a new Popemobile based on the 2012 M-Class.

To celebrate Pope Benedict's return to Germany, Mercedes is reportedly developing a new Popemobile based on the 2012 M-Class.

Reports indicate the model will be a hybrid that can travel up to 16 miles (25.7 km/h) on electricity alone. This seems to imply the vehicle will be a plug-in hybrid that adopts the 3.5-liter V6 and 60 PS (44 kW / 59 hp) electric motor from the Mercedes Vision S 500 Plug-in Hybrid concept.

The new Popemobile could be completed later this year, so stay tuned for additional information.

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