Mercedes-Benz has expanded its South African S-Class range with the introduction of the first diesel in the large luxury segment.
Mercedes-Benz has expanded its South African S-Class range with the introduction of the first diesel in the large luxury segment. The S320CDI arrives at a time when low-sulphur diesel has become more readily available in South Africa.
The 3,2-litre six-cylinder direct-injection engine with variable nozzle turbine turbocharger delivers 145 kW at 4 200 r/min and 470 N.m from 1 800 r/min (said to be the highest in its displacement class).
Claimed performance is 0 to 100 km/h in 8,8 seconds and a top speed of 230 km/h. According to the manufacturer, fuel economy is good enough to allow a range of more than 1 000 km on an 88-litre tankful.Worldwide sales of the S-Class range have reached more than 270 000 since its European launch in mid-1998.
In South Africa, it holds a market share of 70 per cent, with sales of 1 700 since launch in mid-1999.
“The arrival of the first diesel powered S-Class in South Africa is a historical occasion for Mercedes-Benz.
“With the innovative technology available in the S320CDI, together with maximum comfort and outstanding design, we are confident that we have another sure winner,” said Dan Moeletsi, Divisional Manager, Mercedes-Benz Passenger Car Division of DaimlerChrysler South Africa.
“The impressive performance of the S320CDI is not at the expense of environmental compatibility and economy.”
The S320CDI has the same level of standard and optional equipment levels as the S320 petrol model, which includes a number of innovations.
These include the COMAND system, DISTRONIC, Keyless Go, dynamic multi-contour seats, LINGUATRONIC and Xenon headlamps.
The S320CDI will retail at R589 000 (inclusive of VAT).