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Trevor Collett | Jun, 18 2014 | 0 Comments

Mercedes-Benz has boosted the appeal of its flagship S-Class model in Australia, adding four new variants to the local line-up.

Three new long-wheelbase models are now available from the German carmaker, along with the efficient S 300 BlueTEC Hybrid.

The S 300 BlueTEC uses a 2.1 litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine, matched with an electric motor and seven-speed automatic transmission to return an official fuel figure of just 4.5 l/100km.

While the S 350 BlueTEC with its larger 3.0 litre six-cylinder turbo-diesel is priced from $215,000 for the short-wheelbase model ($222,500 for the long-wheelbase), the new S 300 Hybrid version will start from $195,000 plus on-roads.

The S 300 Hybrid will only be available in Australia in short-wheelbase guise at this stage.

The three long-wheelbase newcomers are the S 400 L, S 63 AMG L and the S 600 L, priced from $230,000, $397,500 and $415,000 respectively, plus on-road costs.

The S 400 L is powered by a 3.0 litre twin-turbo V6 petrol engine producing 245kW and 480Nm, while returning 7.9 l/100km.

S 300 BlueTEC Hybrid
S 300 BlueTEC Hybrid

The new S 63 AMG L will share the short-wheelbase S 63 AMG’s 5.5 litre twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine making 430kW and 900Nm, but fuel consumption rises 0.1 l to 10.3 l/100 in the new long-wheelbase model.

The S 600 L now tops the range for Mercedes-Benz in Australia, priced well above the S 500 L’s $310,000 starting price at $415,000 plus on-roads.

While the S 500 gets a 4.7 litre V8, however, the new flagship model is powered by a 6.0 litre twin-turbo V12 petrol engine producing 390kW and 830Nm, with fuel economy listed at 11.3 l/100km.

The S 600 L’s reign at the top may be a short one if the rumoured revival of the Maybach badge becomes a reality, but the Maybach’s return to Australia would be no certainty.

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Pricing (excludes on-road costs)

Short-wheelbase

  • S 300 BlueTEC Hybrid - $195,000
  • S 350 BlueTEC - $215,000
  • S 500 - $285,000
  • S 63 AMG - $385,000

Long-wheelbase

  • S 350 BlueTEC L - $222,500
  • S 400 L - $230,000
  • S 500 L - $310,000
  • S 63 AMG L - $397,500
  • S 600 L - $415,000

 
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