W220

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Contents

Features

Safety

  • PRE-SAFE®, the integrated Mercedes-Benz collision avoidance and response system, debuted with the W220 S-Class.
  • Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and Brake Assist (BAS) were standard features for difficult driving conditions and emergency maneuvers.
  • The W220 S-Class added standard front and rear side curtain airbags. In total, the W220 features 8 airbags: 2 frontal (driver and passenger), 4 side airbags (one in each door) and 2 window bags.
  • LED brake lights were also standard issue on the W220. LED brake lights illuminate faster than conventional bulbs.

Comfort and convenience

  • Distronic cruise control, which could maintain a set distance between the S-Class and any vehicle in front.
  • Speedtronic adjustable speed limiter for not exceeding a set speed on roads with speed limits.
  • Keyless Go, a smart key entry and startup system.
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers.
  • Light sensors to turn the headlights on and off automatically, depending on lighting circumstances. The instrument display and the COMAND screen's backlight and colour also adjust automatically depending on the ambient light situation.
  • Parktronic visual and audible parking aid, with sensors in the front and rear bumpers. Also, the passenger side mirror can swivel down automatically when engaging reverse, to help see the curb.
  • Automatically heated exterior mirrors.
  • Fully automatic climate control system with pollen and charcoal filters and optional separate rear-seat climate controls.
  • COMAND system combines the controls for audio systems, the television, the navigation and the telephone. COMAND based cars offer higher quality audio compared to the Audio 10 system.
  • Optional BOSE sound system.
  • Summer Open/Close - Ability to open and close all four windows and the sunroof at the sametime upon entry and/or exit from the vehicle.
  • Self opening and closing trunk.
  • Soft close doors
  • Electrically adjustable seats are standard. Optional were the memory function for the seats (standard in many countries on the larger engine models) and the multi-contour backrests with massage function.
  • Easy entry/exit function.
  • Auto-dimming interior and driver's side exterior rear view mirrors to prevent being dazzled by cars behind.
  • Xenon headlamps (bi-xenons in later production cars). These provide HID xenon lighting for both low and high beams.
  • Linguatronic voice recognition system which can be used to control the audio system, navigation system, and a cellular telephone through voice commands.

Drivetrain technologies

  • The W220 featured a new pneumatic suspension system (AIRMATIC) with Adaptive Damping System (ADS) which adjust the shock absorbers to difficult road conditions. Drivers can select a comfort or two sports suspension programmes via a switch on the dash.
  • The Active Body Control (ABC) system is technically more advanced than AIRMATIC and keeps the car level even in fast corners, provides a comfort and sports setting. Also, the car height can be increased by using a button, increasing ground clearance (2 settings) for driving on difficult terrain.
  • Higher end models (e.g., S600) lower themselves automatically at higher speeds.

Models[2][3]

The 220 ​​series was available in many different engine types, most of them with short and long wheelbase, the only twelve-cylinder models were available only in long version. The 5.0-liter V8 M 113 model S 500 and the V12 M 137 in the S 600 L were with cylinder deactivation (ZAS) available. This was in part-load range 4 or 6 cylinder closed by the valve shut. This resulted in improved efficiency through reduced throttling losses and greater cylinder filling. The consumption of the S 500 is improved by 0.9 l/100 km. With the facelift in 2002 received the S 600 L a completely new V12 engine with Bi-turbocharger, the cylinder deactivation was no longer available. Also for the S 500 accounted for this option. In addition to the strong eight and twelve cylinders were in the 220 ​​series six-cylinder also used. Until 2002, the base model in Europe, the S 320 and in Asia the S 280 . In 2002, the S 320 increased by the displacement in the 3.7-liter V6 in the ML and replaced as S 350 offered. Consistently available, albeit with a slight increase in performance in 2002 was also the S 320 CDI . As the diesel model was S 400 CDI with 4.0-liter V8 in the offering, received in 2003 an increase in performance. As of 1999, AMG versions were offered, which stand next to more powerful engines and by body changes from the base models. It started with the S 55 AMG , the V12 is indeed the same as performance, but was designed to be much more sporty. Only in 2002 was in a small series of the S 63 AMG L offered the soon but the now 368 kW (500 hp) supercharged V8 gained strength in the S 55 AMG replaced. As an absolute peak, in the last two years of production the S 65 AMG L offered with a V12 bi-turbo engine and 450 kW (612 hp). Regardless of the construction period were the respective 4MATIC versions only built from 2002-2005.

Standard

Model Chassis Engine Horsepower Produced from... ...until
S320 CDI 220.025 648.960 204 09/2002 08/2005
S320 CDI 220.026 648.960 197 08/1999 09/2002
S400 CDI 220.028 828.960 247 2000 2006
S280 220.063 112.922 204 10/1998 08/2005
S320 220.065 112.944 224 10/1998 08/2005
S350 220.067 112.972 245 09/2002 08/2005
S430 220.070 113.941 279 10/1998 08/2005
S55 AMG 220.073 113.986 360 04/1999 08/2005
S55 AMG KOMPRESSOR 220.074 113.991 500 06/2002 08/2005
S500 220.075 113.960 306 10/1998 08/2005

4MATIC

Model Chassis Engine Horsepower Produced from... ...until
S430 220.083 113.948 279 09/2002 08/2005
S500 220.084 113.966 306 09/2002 08/2005
S350 220.087 112.975 245 06/2003 08/2005

Long wheelbase

Model Chassis Engine Horsepower Produced from... ...until
S320 CDI 220.125 613.960 204 09/2002 08/2005
S320 CDI 220.126 613.960 197 08/1999 09/2002
S400 CDI 220.128 628.960 247 2000 2006
S280 220.163 112.922 204 10/1998 08/2005
S320 220.165 112.944 224 10/1998 08/2005
S350 220.167 112.972 245 09/2002 08/2005
S430 220.170 113.941 279 10/1998 08/2005
S55 AMG 220.173 113.986 360 04/1999 08/2005
S55 AMG KOMPRESSOR 220.174 113.991 500 06/2002 08/2005
S500 220.175 113.960 306 10/1998 08/2005
S600 220.176 275.950 500 09/2002 08/2005
S600 220.178 137.970 367 01/2000 09/2002
S63 220.178 137.970 444 09/2001 09/2001
S65 AMG 220.179 275.980 612 03/2004 08/2005

Long wheelbase with 4MATIC

Model Chassis Engine Horsepower Produced from... ...until
S430 220.183 113.948 279 09/2002 08/2005
S500 220.184 113.966 306 09/2002 08/2005
S350 220.187 112.975 245 06/2003 08/2005

Pullman

Model Chassis Engine Horsepower Produced from... ...until
S500 220.875 113.960 306 10/1998 08/2005
S600 220.878 137.970 367 01/2000 08/2005

Technical manuals[4][5]

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Owners manuals

These are the original owner's manuals in PDF format. They have everything the real manual has.

English (US) English (US - COMAND)
2000
2001 2001 (COMAND)
2002 2002 (COMAND)
2003 2003 (COMAND)
2004 2004 (COMAND)
2005 2005 (COMAND)
2006 2006 (COMAND)

Sales Brochures

English (US) English (Canada) English (International)
2002
2002 accessories
2003
2004 2004 S65
2006

References

  1. Paul Tan's Automotive News (2011, May 6th). "INTERVIEW: Casey Hyun, Creative Design Manager at Hyundai Motor Company and designer of the Sonata YF". Malaysia Blog, http://malaysia.blognhanh.com/2011/05/interview-casey-hyun-creative-design.html
  2. EPC
  3. Model information, including chassis code and engine code http://seekpart24.com/mercedes/s-class-w220-98
  4. English (US) owners manuals obtained from https://www.mbusa.com/mercedes/service_and_parts/owners_manuals
  5. Brochures obtained from ragtop.org http://www.ragtop.org/mbbrochures

External links