MercedesBenz SClass S320 CDI sedan First drive Mercedes Sclass…

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First drive: Mercedes gets high on torque

combines luxury with responsibility in its new S320 CDI

20 May 2008

the rarefied air of luxury sedans be getting thin thanks to warming if the latest arrival Mercedes-Benz is anything to go by.

While the rises in the cost of fuel not be an issue for someone who can afford a car, making a statement as an responsible citizen in these of global warming can be.

It is the perfect to introduce a fuel-efficient turbo-diesel to the range, then.

This is Mercedes-Benz’s first diesel in the Australian market. The S320 CDI shares the same and price as the existing $190,900 S350 model.

The W221 arrived here in February Although Mercedes-Benz Australia has been touting a diesel it held off until it believed demand was sufficient.

It also that a replacement for the long-serving six-cylinder turbo-diesel was imminent, so the 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel replacement became available, it gave the the green light.

Currently the still leads its segment, but are already down in year-to-date Another reason, no doubt, to up the S-class range with a new

Mercedes-Benz expects 55 sales of the CDI over the rest of 2008. In the four months of 2008, it has 63 S350 models.

The new diesel engine is a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 develops 173kW at 3600rpm and at 1600-2800rpm.

This is an optimised of the engine used in other models that develops 165kW/510Nm outputs.

Mercedes-Benz that changes to the S 320 CDI’s and exhaust systems and engine including increased boost and delivery are behind the improved

Fuel consumption is quoted as combined, with C02 emissions of Claimed performance figures are in 7.8 seconds and a top speed of 210km/h.

The has an alloy block with grey iron cylinder – unusual for a diesel engine, usually requires the heavier, but cast iron block to with the extremely high ratios a diesel requires in its chambers. The V6 weighs 208kg.

Mercedes-Benz S320 CDI Long W221

The common-rail direct injection engine has piezo-ceramic injectors, five fuel injections per stroke at a peak pressure of up to bar.

The S320 CDI’s turbocharger is a nozzle turbine, with adjustable turbine blades to turbo lag.

Designed to Euro IV emissions requirements, the has two catalytic converters fitted to the system and is the first Mercedes-Benz fitted with a particulate

The fuel-injection system squirts post-injection when required to exhaust temperature to ensure particles trapped in the filter are off to clear the filter.

The rest of the CDI is the familiar S-class package. A automatic transmission drives the wheels, and the S320 CDI has front, and side curtain airbags and and stability control fitted.

Also on the standard list is suspension, adaptive damping, crash preparation system, Brake Regulation (include start assist, hill-hold and electric handbrake), 17-inch wheels, bi-Xenon adaptive trip computer with six-stack CD/DVD player and a for computer memory cards, TV, 12-way electrically adjustable seats with lumbar and leather interior.

Options for the S320 CDI include Distronic BAS Plus, Dynamic Multi seats, Harmon Kardon Logic 7 sound system View Assist.

The Active Control system (which pitching and bodyroll when at high speeds) and the long-wheelbase are not available for this model

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Mercedes-Benz S320 CDI Long W221
Mercedes-Benz S320 CDI Long W221


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