- Published: Saturday, 29 July 2017 08:11
Popular luxury limo will come to Singapore in S 320, S 450 hybrid and S 560 V8, early 2018
SINGAPORE - CarBuyer has already tested the latest facelift of the W222 S-Class, in storming AMG 63 form, and found it wanting for very little indeed. But what about 'normal' versions of the popular towkay limo for local launch?
Mercedes-Benz Singapore has confirmed that the S 320, S 450 and S 560, all in long-wheelbase form, will be offered locally. The S 320 and S 560 are gasoline six-cylinder and eight-cylinder models, while the S 450 is a mild hybrid.
The big news for a new S-Class is always the lesser variants, since S63s and their like are relatively rare compared to the mainstream variants. This time, we see changes up and down the S-Class line-up because of new petrol and diesel engines. In fact, the S-Class now sees two new inline six engines, one diesel, and one gasoline.
The former is a 2.9-litre straight six with two-stage turbocharging and variable valve lift, plus increased friction reduction measures. Mercedes claims its future-proofed for the next-gen ‘Real Driving Emissions’ test meant to beat out cheating measures as seen in VW’s Dieselgate. The engine comes in two states of tune for the S 350d (286hp/600NM, 5.5L/100km and 145g/km CO2) and S 400d (340hp/700Nm, 5.6L/100km and 147g/km CO2).
There’s also a new 3.0-litre, inline six gasoline powerplant (code M256), but it doesn’t directly replace the twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 found in the current S 400. Mercedes has yet to announce which models it'll be found in, although we expect it to be a plug-in hybrid. We also understand there will be an entry level S 320 gasoline model for Singapore, although it's not confirmed if it'll be powered by the inline six or current V6.
The latter does find a home under the bonnet of the new S 450, and there's also a V8-powered S 500 variant, both of which are mild hybrids. The S 450 has 367hp/500Nm, does 0-100km/h in 5.1 seconds with a 250km/h top speed, efficiency figures of 6.7L/100km and 154g/km CO2 (German average figures). The S 500 has 435hp/520Nm, does 0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds, efficiency figures are 6.7L/100km and 156g/km CO2.
We’re betting on the S 320 as the mainstay for Singapore naturally, but the S 350d might actually be a keen seller too as its sticker price is likely to be lower, although the car’s launch in 2018 may put paid to that idea, post-VES.
The 4.0-litre biturbo V8 seen in the S63 and de-tuned for the S 500 is also found in the non-hybrid S 560 model. Replacing the previous S 550, it has a huge 469hp/700Nm of torque, cracks 0-100km/h in 4.7 seconds with a 250km/h top speed. Its karma comes in the form of 8.1L/100km and 184g/km CO2.
At the top of the S-Class range there’s still the S 600 and S 65 models, both with Merc’s now-classic 6.0-litre V12 engine, packing 530hp and 630hp respectively.