Mercedes-Benz S-Class alternatives
Latest model: Mercedes-Benz S-Class Pullman Limousine W220 2001
In late 1998, an all-new model was launched. Not only did the vehicle maintain the lineage of previous Mercedes-Benz S-class sedans, but the W220 also had to overturn some of the negative components of the previous Mercedes-Benz S-class. The W220 faced stiff competition from competitors like the Audi A8 Mk II, BMW 7 Series Mk IV, Jaguar XJ Mk III, and Lexus Ls/toyota Celsior Mk III.
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Unlike its predecessor, the W220 was no longer the first model to option the company's new layout theme for the next generation of Mercedes-Benz. This honour was given to the A-class launched in 1997. The new Mercedes-Benz S-class incorporated the new look-and-feel cues and addressed the criticisms of the previous model's look-and-feel. Rather than being known as colloquially as 'the tank', the new Mercedes-Benz S-class was known for its rounded, graceful lines.
Despite being smaller, and therefore addressing another criticism of its predecessor, the new vehicle was roomier inside while the dash carried over the new look-and-feel details first seen in the Mk I A-class the year before.
As with every new Mercedes-Benz S-class, the W220 brought in new innovations such as Airmatic air suspension, Active Ventilated seatings (which use miniature fans in the seatings to move air via perforations), keyless entry and ignition, radar-controlled Distronic cruise control system and a cylinder deactivation system (in V12 motors only) named Active Cylinder Control, which enhances fuel consumption and reduces emissions.