When it comes to luxury vehicles, we have to at least mention Mercedes-Benz. The brand has been producing luxurious cars since in first emerged in the early 1920’s and although its vehicles have changed greatly throughout the years, luxury is a reoccurring theme that has always remained present.
The vehicle that we are going to take a look back at today is the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Introduced in 1972, the full-size luxury car has experienced great success and spanned over six generations.
In 1972, the first generation S-Class was introduced. It was the first ever vehicle to use the S-Class name, however its predecessors can be traced back to the early 1950’s.
Also known as the W116, the vehicle marked the start of a new era for the brand as it included a number of safety features, which wasn’t something the brand was placing too much focus on at the time. A great number of safety features were included in the vehicle, some of which revolutionised car safety. Padded doors, steering wheel and dashboard as well as an innovative rain water management system were all present on the vehicle, making the original S-Class truly unique.
Upon launch the vehicle came with a number of different engines to choose from, depending on what the customer wanted.
The second generation S-Class was introduced in 1981. It received a slight redesign and for the first time in the brand’s history it included driver-side airbags. The second generation S-Class was also available with a wider range of engines to choose from. It was more powerful compared to its predecessor but just as luxurious.
It wasn’t until 1991 that the third generation of the S-Class was introduced. The vehicle slightly grew in size but apart from that it stayed true to its roots and still featured the familiar design that people got to know throughout the years.
In the following years more changes were made to the S-Class. Starting with fourth generation, the vehicle took on a more rounded shape, which it still features to this day.
The sixth generation S-Class was launched in 2014. It looks bolder than ever and we’re expecting it to stick around for years to come.
Although the Mercedes-Benz S-Class changed drastically over the years styling-wise, the luxury that the brand wanted to bring to its customers remains the same.
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