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Is a new 3.7-litre V6 enough to keep Mercedes' S-class ahead of the limo pack?

Mercedes-Benz logo10 Jun 2003

IS THIS a bargain-price long-wheelbase S-class? The S350 Mercedes-Benz sneaks in under the $200,000 price point, which may be cause for some to see it as a relatively cheap luxury German limo. Not that anything in these realms could be considered cheap, but the S350 L - a new model within the facelifted S-class range - does provide the opportunity to indulge in magnificent comfort for less money than before. And in its latest, updated guise, the big Mercedes offers a little more of everything more power from a bigger V6, more comfort from new seats and improved safety via a new, anticipatory system that prepares the car to help protect passengers if a crash is imminent.
Model release date: 1 March 2003 to 1 March 2006

Previous model

Mercedes-Benz S320

Released: April 1999
Ended: March 2003
Family Tree: S-Class

THE all-new W220 S-class first appeared Down Under in April 1999, replacing the W140 version which had been available in S280, S320, S420, S500L and S500L guise since September 1993. More refined, safer than ever and cheaper than before, the big new Benz instantly won accolades and continued its market segment leadership. Four years later, in March 2003, the entry-level S320 has morphed into the 3.7-litre S350.

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