Within the next couple of months, Mercedes-Benz will release the latest generation of its range-topping sedan, the S-Class. This vehicle has always been the ultimate in luxury for the iconic brand, and offers the same tradition in all new Mercedes-Benz S-Class in Tacoma.
The tradition of the S-Class began half a century ago with the 1954 “Ponton”. It’s the first Benz that Mercedes considers a progenitor of the modern S-Class. This is mostly because it was among their first post-war designs.
The S-Class from ’59-’68 was most known for its tail fin. 1965 brought a jewel box in which most of the jewelry appears on the outside. Designed by Frenchman Paul Bracq—who also crafted that country’s paean to space-age terrestrial travel, the TGV—the W108 is flashy but classic. Mercedes pioneered the muscular executive sedan by stuffing into the W109 the high-output engine from its dictator-friendly 600 limousine.
’72-’80 brought us the lovely W116, which is known as the first “true” S-Class. This means that while all the other vehicles on this list had an S in their model designation, it was the first to be granted this moniker officially by die Väter in Stuttgart. It also harnessed technology in the service of safety, being among the first modern passenger cars to include air bags, anti-lock brakes, a fully padded dashboard, rounded body panels to reduce pedestrian injuries, and an integrated first-aid kit to minister to occupants following a collision.
The W140, first seen in ’91, this S has been described as blunt and potent. After this large model, Mercedes went back to the drawing in ’98 and created a graceful and lilting design. Smaller and lighter than its predecessor, the curvy W220 was presented to the U.S., and was, at the time, at the height of vehicle design fashion and performance.
The outgoing S-Class was first brought to us in 2005, and is credited with influencing the entire segment with its unique designs, in-car technology, cutting-edge engine and powertrain capabilities and luxury.
To be one of the first to take a look at the newest Mercedes-Benz C-Class, or to take a look at any Mercedes-Benz model, contact Larson Mercedes-Benz of Tacoma.