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Since its official debut in 1972, the S-Class has served as the flagship sedan for Mercedes-Benz. In 2005—the debut year for the model's W221 generation—Mercedes added a BlueTEC variant to this exalted lineup. In doing so, the German automaker introduced a fuel-efficient and eco-friendly diesel option that didn't adversely affect comfort and performance.
Except for making 2012’s Premium 2 option package a standard feature, Mercedes-Benz has brought the handsomely-styled S350 BlueTEC into 2013 unchanged.
The 2013 S350 BlueTEC is the entry-level S-Class model. It comes in one feature-packed trim that includes: an adaptive air suspension; four-piston front calipers with perforated rotors; bi-xenon headlights with Active Curve Illumination and LED daytime running lamps; 18-inch, 10-spoke alloy wheels; 10-way airbag protection; a rearview camera; SmartKey remote keyless entry; rain-sensing wipers; grained-leather upholstery; 12-way power front seats with active multicontour, massage, heating and ventilation; a universal garage door opener; heated, power side-view mirrors; and a Harman/Kardon LOGIC7 audio system with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, MP3 interface, a six-disc CD/DVD changer, 7.2 GB of music storage, SiriusXM with one-year subscription, Bluetooth connectivity and a hard-drive-based navigation system.
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