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New S-class 'will take luxury saloon car standard to new levels'

MERCEDES-Benz will launch its new flagship S-class in the UK early next year. The manufacturer claims a range of technically innovative features will take standards in the luxury saloon car market to new levels.

The German manufacturer claims safety, comfort and driving pleasure are at new levels due to more than 30 technical innovations with the new car combining a sporty appearance with classic Mercedes styling, eye-catching headlamps and traditional radiator grille. The new S-class is 300kg lighter than the outgoing model which, coupled with three valves per cylinder configuration and dual ignition, has resulted in fuel economy improvements of between 13% and 17%. An optional automatic cylinder cut-off system in the new S500 V8 further reduces fuel consumption by 7%.

Mercedes-Benz claims the new S-class is so clean that it meets California's ultra low emission vehicle requirements. The new car is 75mm shorter than its predecessor but interior space is increased by 17mm giving driver and passengers more space.

Initially the new S-class range will comprise S320 224bhp V6, S430 275bhp V8 and S500 306bhp V8 in standard and long wheelbase versions. Later next year an S280 204bhp V6 will be added and in 2000 an S600 V12 long wheelbase will be launched.

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