The new S-Class will be taking centre stage at the Mercedes-Benz presentation for the 61st International Motor Show in Frankfurt (15 to 25 September 2005). The motor show will see the world premiere of this luxury saloon, which features around a dozen pioneering innovations that will make it the benchmark for future passenger car developments. Other new products which Mercedes-Benz will be presenting to the public for the first time are the European version of the R-Class and the ML 63 AMG high-performance off-roader.

The new S-Class that will be hitting showrooms at Mercedes-Benz dealerships and sales partners this autumn will boast unparalleled levels of safety and comfort as its hallmarks. The saloon can be equipped with the latest technology for accident prevention, including the anticipatory Brake Assist PLUS, the DISTRONIC PLUS proximity-controlled cruise control and the Night Vision system. Mercedes-Benz combines these innovations with the preventive occupant safety system PRE-SAFE® to create a unique safety system, which goes into action before a threatening accident has a chance to happen.

Just as pioneering as the safety systems are the Mercedes innovations for ensuring the highest levels of long-distance comfort. These features include an all-new dynamic multicontour seat with massage function, the AIRMATIC air suspension and the newly developed automatic climate control system. In addition, Mercedes-Benz has further improved the Active Body Control (ABC), with which it achieves an unprecedented level of driving comfort and handling.

The technological superiority of the new S-Class is evident at first glance, and the flagship model’s design expresses its confident, powerful and simultaneously elegant nature, which makes every kilometre a consummate driving experience.

The output of the S-Class engines ranges from 235 hp to 517 hp. Three of the four engines are new developments, offering up to 26 per cent more performance and up to 15 per cent more torque, while at the same time cutting fuel consumption by up to nine per cent.

At its market launch in autumn 2005, the luxury saloon will initially be available with a new eight-cylinder (388 hp) and a V6 petrol engine (272 hp), which are among the most powerful and fuel efficient engines in their displacement classes. In the first quarter of 2006, the engine line-up will be rounded off by the new S 320 CDI and the top-of-the-range S 600. The six-cylinder diesel engine develops 235 hp and generates a peak torque of 540 Nm starting at 1,600 rpm. This performance allows the saloon to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 7.5 seconds. The combined fuel consumption rating of the S 320 CDI ranges from 33 to 34 mpg.