STUTTGART -- The sixth-generation Mercedes S class will have its premiere at the IAA in Frankfurt in 2005 and will be available on the market a month later.
The new S class will be positioned as the "safest car in the world." With a combination of a new active safety system and optimum results in crash performance tests, the S class should be even safer than the Maybach, say Mercedes sources.
Nine engines are planned, from a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 245hp to an AMG version with more than 600hp.
The new S class will have a starting price of around E60,000 and an annual global sales target of 80,000 units.