Mercedes-Benz isn’t demanding a premium for the S550 plug-in hybrid.
The S550 plug-in hybrid model has been added to the German automaker’s website with a starting price of $95,325 including destination, which is identical to the standard gasoline Mercedes-Benz S550.
The pricing decision is interesting considering almost all other automakers charge a premium for electrified technology. For example, the Lexus LS 600h costs nearly $45,000 more than the standard LS 460, although it is more powerful than the gas version.
This isn’t the first time this has happened though, as Lincoln offered the MKZ Hybrid for the same price as a standard gasoline-powered MKZ.
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The Mercedes-Benz S550 Plug-in Hybrid is not as powerful as its gasoline counterpart, with the standard S550 getting 449 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque from its Biturbo V8 while the S550 Plug-in Hybrid has a total system output of 436 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque thanks to a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 and electric motor.The Mercedes-Benz S550 Plug-in Hybrid also has an all-electric range of 18 miles and an all-electric top speed of 87 mph.
This pricing scheme allows shoppers to choose if they want performance or fuel economy from their S-Class, with no price premium attached. Fuel economy ratings for the U.S. have not been announced.
[Source: Cars Direct]
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