It’s been a week that Mercedes-Benz, the multinational division of German automaker, Daimler AGrevealed the pricing of its 2013 E400 Hybrid.The base price of the new sedan is actually few thousand dollars more than the predecessor sedan. With a starting price of 55,800 USD, excluding a destination charge of 908 USD, the 2013 E400 Hybrid costs 4,800 USD and 3,600 USD more than the base price of the 2013 E350 sedan and the E350 Bluetec (diesel).
Despite being the costliest E-Class sedan of the manufacturer, the price tag has however been kept lower than the 61,100 USD BMW 5-Series Hybrid and the 58,950 USD-Lexus GS Hybrid.
Under the hood, the 2013 E400 Hybrid sedan continues featuring the S-Class Hybrid V6 powerhouse and an electric motor. What draws the line of difference between the two hybrid sedans is the power count of both; the engine and the electric motor. Unlike the S-Class’s 275hp V6 engine and 20hp electric motor, the 2013 E400 Hybrid’s V6 engine churns out a power of 302hp, while the electric motor delivers 27hp.
The automaker is expecting a city mileage of 24mpg and highway average of 31mpg fuel ratings from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). But the point of concern is the question if the better fuel economy ratings can really offset the higher base price. The E350 Bluetec’s fuel average has turned out to be the biggest threat to the E400 Hybrid sedan this time. The former sedan had a mileage of slightly lower than 21mpg in the city, but the hybrid’s anticipated mileage is better by 1mpg on the highway. In fact, the 2013 InfinityM Hybrid (with 27/32mpg city/highway mileage) and the Lexus GS Hybrid (with 29/34mpg city/highway average) have way better fuel economy than 2013 E400 Hybrid sedan’s predicted mileage figures.
With the company’s announcement of the launch of the sedan in summer 2012, the 2013 E400 Hybrid sedan is to hit the dealerships soon.