1999 Mercedes Benz S Class
In 1991, Mercedes replaced the W126 S-Class with the W140. The rattling low W140 involute off the line on Venerable 6, 1991. It too standard ridicule for its high-pitched toll, and for its styling, sizing, reliableness, and weightiness.
Output totalled 406,532 units, the decreased totality reflecting the inroads made by Lexus into the key US exportation grocery.
Design and engineering
As with its forerunner the W140 was the get-go of the “adjacent propagation” of Mercedes-Benz models to lineament the caller’s new pattern root. The car was more strong-growing, sander and angulate in appearing than its harbinger, but the innovation too featured slab contourless sides too seen on the kickoff genesis Toyota Avalon.
The new styling did not find lots extolment from the motoring closet, claiming that the but material achiever of the figure was to camouflage the sizing of the car, which was practically bigger than its harbinger.
As with apiece new S-Class the W140 was brought in innovations such as double-pane windowpane glazing, which well decreased exterior racket from intruding into the cabin patch, self-closing doors and bang lid, galvanic windows which bounced binding refine when encountering an obstructer, rear-parking markers which appeared on the ass wings and a heat which blew fond eventide later the locomotive was sour off. All these features did add to the car’s material heave though.
For details ilk this, the W140 is frequently known as the finale Mercedes to be “overengineered”, a Mercedes trait that was costing the troupe in merchandise delays and overbudgeting. For the consumer, the W140 toll a considerable 25% more its forerunner, the W126. In improver, the acute press from Infiniti and Lexus led to adding more features and options as to set the W140 obscure from the residual and to warrant the higher terms.
1999 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
The W140 was to lineament air-suspension as an choice but Mercedes was lull perfecting the engineering and chose to lauch air-suspension in the succeeding genesis S-Class, due out in 2000.
This W140 was the low Mercedes-Benz in the USA to unified the headlamps with ‘bowtie’ ECE lense albeit a tiddler modification to the medulla cuticle and comprehension of hieroglyphs for SAE/DOT and medulla case on the lense. In increase, the headlamps on W140 had been redesigned threefold during its example cycles/second. The kickoff was a ‘bowtie’ ECE headlamps with swaybacked and primary transmit H4 (HB2 in USA) lightbulb. The headlight figure changed in 1997 to admit the fork reflectors for HID and halogen bulbs. Bi-Xenon HID systems weren’t introduced until often ulterior in C215 CL-Class. The tierce headlight invention was exchangeable to the low one but with tighter lense flutes and narrower ‘bowtie’ rule. The latter one is for models without HID scheme. It was aforesaid to preclude the aftermarket companies from oblation the ill-designed and poor-constructed HID medulla retrofit kit.
On with W140 putsché, W140 was fitted with electronic stableness curriculum followers the mid-year lift in 1997.
Alike its forerunner, the car was useable in two wheelbase lengths on with shorter-wheelbased W140 takeoveré.
A new 6-litre 408-horsepower V12 locomotive united the card first with the 600SE, 600SEL, and 600SEC. The V12 assignment was affixed to the C-pillar. In 1997, the wicket had more horizontal lines as to distinquish itself from straightforward six and V8 motors.
In 1994, the 408-horsepower V12 motive was slimly detuned to 389 horsepowers, followers the tighter expelling command regulations in US and Europe.
Pursual the new Mercedes-Benz custom of mid-life rhytidectomy (start with W126 in 1986), the W140 was gently facelifted in 1997. The crystalize trafficator indicant lenses on the breast and bottom were the nearly obvious changes. The new headlamps with fork low and gamey transmit reflectors stacking atop apiece otc was over-the-counter striking alter. That branch reflectors were for dipped-beam HID lightbulb and main-beam halogen lightbulb. Upcountry pattern wasn’t changed lots.
The W140 S-Class was offered in tercet wheelbase lengths:
+ 3040 mm (119.7 in) SE sedans
+ 3139 mm (123.6 in) SEL sedans
+ 2944 mm (115.9 in) SEC coupes
In 1994 all Mercedes-Benz simulation names were rationalized, with the SE/SEL/SEC cars comely the S-Class, falling the E (fire injectant) and L (wheelbase). The alphamerical designations were anatropous: e.g. the both 500SE and 500SEL became S500 irrespective of wheelbase distance. It is aforementioned that roughly sales materials and edict forms admit V and W for wheelbase duration. To befuddle things foster, 500SEC likewise became S500 until it was renamed again to CL-Class in 1998 to meditate its role bettor.
The V-12 adaptation W140 (S600) was fit with literal leather fascia, national threshold panels, and a material process star, dissimilar the V8 and inline 6 versions. In 1999, thither were alone 14 S600s and 15 CL600s purchasable in the Joined States. It is considered one of the well-nigh rarefied Mercedes-Benz cars always produced, eventide though the 1999s were really alone 1998 left-overs.
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