The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is one of the company’s most popular vehicles, but there are other variants of this car, as well. The “S” prefix, introduced in 1991, is now standard. It is distinguished from its predecessor by three numbers – engine displacement, fuel type, and wheelbase length. In addition, extra information is sometimes affixed to the trunk lid, such as diesel and hybrid versions, or the name of the car’s manufacturer, Maybach.
The latest S-Class is a stunning and highly sophisticated car, redefining what it means to be a luxury car. It has a slick, streamlined appearance that is more modern than the outgoing model. The front grille, inspired by the F700 Concept car, is particularly striking. Its interior is equally impressive, and LED lights are found exclusively inside and out. Its powerful converging character lines and integrated exhaust tips make it easy to maneuver.
The W220 S-Class uses a second-generation modular MRA platform. Its air suspension is adjustable with an automatic lowering and raising mechanism at 160 km/h. It also comes with 4MATIC all-wheel drive. The engine options were more extensive than the previous W126 and W140, with the smaller 224 hp V6 engine being offered as an option. The 3.7L 245 hp V6 engine was also included.
The first S-Class was based on the W126 model, and it was produced by Mercedes-Benz until late 1979. It was marketed as an “engineered like no other car in the world” and won the Australian Wheels Magazine’s Car of the Year award for 1980. Later, the W126 was replaced by the W221 and gained popularity worldwide. The diesel and straight-6 models were the best-selling variants in the United States, while the V8 was regarded as the most refined of the four.