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2015 Mercedes-Benz S550e

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2015 Base S 550 Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan
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The newest member of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the S550e brings never-before efficiency to the brand's flagship line. All the luxury and prestige you expect comes standard, along with the ability to make short trips without using a drop of gas.

What's New for 2015

The S550e is a new model based on the existing S-Class sedan.

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The rear-drive S550e features a turbocharged 3-liter V6 engine and electric motor that together produce 436 horsepower. Its seven-speed automatic transmission and adjustable air suspension are shared with other S-Class models.

With the onboard lithium-ion battery fully charged, the big cruiser can run on electricity alone for the first 20 miles. After that, it operates on a combination of gas and electricity, just like a conventional hybrid. Expect about 21 mpg around town and 26 mpg on the highway in full hybrid mode.

Recharging a fully depleted battery takes about 3 hours on a standard household outlet, or 2 hours on a 240-volt charging station. Theoretically, buyers who make only short trips with sufficient charging time in-between will enjoy gas-free driving indefinitely, although very few of us have those habits.

Surprisingly, the S550e is priced the same as the regular S550, which carries a gasoline V8. While the Plug-In isn't quite as powerful, it can hit 60 mph in 5.2 seconds, which makes it a fast luxury sedan by our measure.

Mercedes-Benz S550e

Aside from its powertrain, the Plug-In is pure S-Class, which means you get standard indulgences like a cabin fragrance system, heated wiper blades, automatic soft-close doors, and a panoramic sunroof. The 13-speaker Burmester surround-sound system comes with 10GB of audio storage and Internet radio. As expected, there's a vast array of leathers, woods, and color schemes to choose from.

The popular Premium package ($4,500) adds rear parking sensors, an automated parallel parking system, keyless ignition, power rear window shades, a hands-free power trunk lid, and multicontour front seats with ventilation and massage. The Driver Assistance Package gets you a full suite of active safety technology, including adaptive cruise control with automatic braking and accelerating, for $2,800. There's also a $2,600 Warmth and Comfort package with power heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and heated armrests. For even greater ride comfort, you can add Magic Body Control ($4,450), which uses a front-mounted camera to evaluate upcoming road surfaces and adjust the suspension accordingly.

We're continuously amazed by the array of rear-seat amenities available on the S-Class sedan, including seatbelt airbags, extra seat adjustments, a refrigerated compartment, power foot rests, and a center console with foldout tables and heated and cooled cupholders.

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The Magic Body Control suspension is one of our favorite S-Class options, and we're glad to see it available on the new S550e. The high-tech setup does a marvelous job of isolating passengers from even the slightest road imperfections.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.0L V-6 / 329 HP / 354 ft.lbs.
7-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
Not Available
Passenger Capacity
5 / 4
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.0L V-6 / 329 HP / 354 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
Not Available
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
21.1 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
206.5 "
Exterior Width
74.8 "
Exterior Height
58.8 "
Front Headroom
39.7 "
Rear Headroom
39.2 "
Front Legroom
41.4 "
Rear Legroom
43.0 "
Front Shoulder Room
59.7 "
Rear Shoulder Room
59.1 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,729 Lbs.
Wheel Base
125 "
Turning Radius
20.0 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
18.0 " Silver Aluminum / 19.0 " / 20.0 " / 20.0 " Silver Amg Forged Aluminum / 19.0 " Silver Amg Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Heated, Power Remote Driver, Power Remote W/tilt Down Passenger
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Dual Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
5 / 4
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Bucket / Adaptive
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(12-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(12-way Power)
Front Armrests
(12-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
Bench / Split-bench / Bucket
Radio & Infotainment
Comand Sirius Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
13 Burmester / 24 Burmester
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Power Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front And Rear
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Presafe Forward Collision Mitigation / Presafe Plus Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Hands-on Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
Front Pedestrian Detection Warning
Driver Attention Alert
Attention Assist Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Active Curve Directionally Adaptive
Parking Sensors
Parktronic W/active Parking Assist Automated
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Accessories Months

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