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Yesterday we gave you the scoop on the Mercedes hybrid we'd be seeing next week in Frankfurt, but now we've got the official release and everything for the 2009 Mercedes-Benz ML 450 hybrid. The release on the vehicle Mercedes is claiming will be "the most economical two-mode petrol hybrid SUV worldwide" is there for you now, right below the jump β€” and here's a larger version of the rear end of the shot we showed you yesterday. You know, in case you want to stare at the rear end of an ML 450.

ML 450 HYBRID: first German two-mode petrol hybrid SUV on the market

Mercedes-Benz will also be presenting the ML 450 HYBRID, due to be launched on the market in 2009 as the most economical two-mode petrol hybrid SUV worldwide. Its innovative two-mode hybrid system enables electric driving and satisfies the highest comfort demands. With a combined system output of 250 kW/340 hp and a combined maximum torque of 480 Nm, the ML 450 HYBRID consumes just 7.7 litres per 100 kilometres - equivalent to CO2 emissions of 185 g/km.

Product highlights at this year's International Motor Show in Frankfurt also include the new C-Class Estate, which combines functionality with stylish design and hallmark Mercedes refinement. Mercedes-Benz will also be exhibiting various C-Class BLUETEC versions β€” with and without hybrid β€” which are due to be launched successively.