Mercedes-Benz Australia has expanded the S-Class range with the introduction of S300 BlueTEC Hybrid, S400 long-wheelbase (LWB), S63 AMG LWB and S600 LWB as an order-only option.
The S300 BlueTEC Hybrid is powered by a 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel engine coupled to an electric motor utilising lithium-ion batteries.
With 150kW (plus 20kW from the electric motor) and 500Nm of torque (plus an additional 250Nm with the backing of the batteries in boost mode), the S300 rushes from 0-100km/h in 7.6 seconds, and despite its hefty weight of 2143 kilograms it uses a claimed 4.5L of diesel per 100 kilometres, giving it a potential range of more than 1500km (70L fuel tank).
Mercedes-Benz Australia says the S300 is the most technically advanced vehicle offered by the company and although it doesn’t expect huge volumes, much like the E300 BlueTEC Hybrid and forthcoming C300 BlueTEC Hybrid, it’s a a car and technology worth introducing to the market.
The S400 L starts from $230,000 and is powered by the same 3.0-litre V6 bi-turbo petrol found the E400. It has an output of 245kW and 480Nm of torque, with fuel economy of 7.9L/100km.
Moving up in the range, the $397,500 S63 AMG L marks the first time Mercedes-Benz Australia has offered a long-wheelbase version of its high-end performance saloon. Its 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8 pumps out a healthy 430kW and 900Nm of torque, but still uses just 10.3L/100km.
For those that must have a 12-cylinder S-Class, the S600 L can be ordered for a whopping $415,000 and for that you get 390kW and 830Nm from a 6.0-litre Bi-turbo V12. Fuel economy is rated at 11.3L/100km.
The updated S-Class range also brings about a head-up display system, the first time the technology has been offered on a Mercedes-Benz in Australia, and a new touchpad system that allows drivers to simply use their fingers to either navigate the NTG5 infotainment system, or draw out characters for faster typing.
Mercedes has also introduced its pre-safe rear package, which embeds airbags in the rear seat belts and illuminates the belt buckles for easier access at night.
The new S300, S400 L, S63 AMG L and S600 L join the existing S350 and 500 short- and long-wheelbase and S63 AMG short-wheelbase.
Mercedes-Benz Australia has so far sold 126 S-Classes this year, more than double its nearest competitor with less than 10 percent of those sold to fleets or limousine companies.
Mercedes-Benz S-Class pricing (plus on-road costs), short wheelbase:
Mercedes-Benz S-Class pricing (plus on-road costs), long wheelbase: