Mercedes-Benz S-Class W223 series got a new basic version and fell in price by 22 percent. The expansion of the engine line began with the Chinese market – the S 400 L modification debuted in China. They managed to save money by derating the six-cylinder M 256 engine and abandoning some of the options.
The new Mercedes-Benz S 400 is only available in China with a long wheelbase and rear wheel drive. Under the hood, an in-line 3.0-liter gasoline “turbo six”, which develops 313 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque. Compared to the S 450 version, the power unit is “strangled” by 54 horsepower and 50 Nm.
The transmission of the Mercedes-Benz S 400 L is the same – 9-speed “automatic”; the start-stop system is assisted by the EQ Boost starter generator, which also adds 22 horsepower and 250 Nm during intensive acceleration. Even the base S-Class is quite dynamic: acceleration from standstill to 100 kilometers per hour takes 5.9 seconds.
Outside, the flagship Mercedes-Benz with a “junior” engine can be distinguished by 18-inch alloy wheels, while both the S 450 and S 500 have larger 19-inch wheels. The salon is also slightly simplified, but the list of options is not cut: for the “four hundredth” you can order the same set of additional equipment as for the “older” trim levels.
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The debut of the Mercedes-Benz S 400 L allowed the Chinese dealership of the brand to reduce the starting price by 259,000 yuan, or 22 percent. From now on, the base S-Class costs 899,800 yuan ($ 138,500), for the rear-wheel drive version of the S 450 you need to pay 1 million 158,800 yuan ($ 178,400), and for the all-wheel drive 435-horsepower S 500 4Matic – 1 million 818 thousand 800 yuan ($ 280 thousand). Diesel S-Classes are not for sale in China.
It is likely that the S 400 version will eventually be added to the “global” line of S-Classes. And in China, an even more affordable S-Class with a 2.0-liter turbo four may appear within a year.
We also advise you to watch a detailed test drive of the Mercedes S-Class from the FineAuto team: