Frankfurt show innovations include front-passenger airbag

  • Date
    10 - 20 September 1987
  • Description
    The Mercedes-Benz 190 D 2.5 Turbo (201 series), 300 D Turbo and 300 TD Turbo (both 124 series) passenger cars are unveiled at the Frankfurt International Motor Show. The V8 models of the S-Class (126 series) are presented with uprated engines. As another innovation, Daimler-Benz also presents the front-passenger airbag which is made available in early 1988, initially in the 126-series S-Class. The new MB 100 D van designed for payloads of one tonne and produced at the Vitoria plant in Spain also celebrates its German premiere. The O 303 RHD and RHS touring coaches are presented with an improved powertrain, the heart of which is the OM 442 V8 naturally aspirated engine or the turbocharged version OM 442 A. The 320 kW / 435 hp intercooled OM 442 LA finds use in the new four-axle 3544 S 8x4/4 tractor truck. Also new is the anti-lock braking system for vans with hydraulic brake systems, its responses tuned according to the mass and weight conditions typically found in vans. The automatic emergency call system ARTHUR, meanwhile, is unveiled for the first time. In the event of an accident, the system warns other road users and alerts the rescue services.
Mercedes-Benz 190 D 2.5 Turbo saloon W 201, 300 D Turbo saloon W 124 und 300 TD Turbo estate S 124, 1987.
W 201, W/S 124
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
126 series saloon
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Mercedes-Benz MB 100 D, Van, 1987
Mercedes-Benz MB 100 D
Mercedes-Benz O 303 touring coach, 1987
Mercedes-Benz O 303
Mercedes-Benz T 1 Van during ABS test
Mercedes-Benz T 1
Cross section of the passenger air bag in the S-class (W 126) as available as of 1985. The major components are the protecting air bag itself, the propellant charge triggering the air bag, and the control electronics.
Passenger air bag in the S-class