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Can a Mercedes S-Class Tow a Travel Trailer or Camper?

The Mercedes Benz S-Class has a braked towing capacity of up to 4600 lbs. The limit for an unbraked load towed by the vehicle is 1650 lbs. It has the towing capacity for campers with weight by type: travel trailers 7300 lbs, popups 2500 lbs, teardrops 1200 lbs. 

The maximum tongue load that the vehicle can handle is 190 lbs. However, the manufacturers recommend the trailer tongue load to be above 110 lbs in order to prevent the trailer from getting loose.

Mercedes Benz S-Class Engine

M256 E30 DEH LA GR I6 turbo: The M256 is a turbocharged inline-6 engine with an auxiliary compressor and an electrical 48V system that provides up to 22 hp and 184 lb. ft of boost. Used in the S500 4MATIC, the engine generates a power output of 429 hp at 5900-6100 rpm with 384 lb. ft of torque at 1800-5800 rpm. This power output excludes the boost provided by the 48V system

M176 DE40 LA V8 Biturbo: The M176 is from an engine line-up designed by Mercedes-AMG. It is an eight-cylinder, twin-turbocharged engine with a direct injection fuel system. The M176 for the S-Class comes with an electrical 48V system that provides an additional boost to the engine. This system is dubbed the EQ Boost. The M176 produces 496 hp at 5500 rpm with 516 lb. ft of torque at 2000-4000 rpm, excluding the power provided by the EQ boost.

Towing with the Mercedes Benz S-Class

The S-Class comes pre-equipped with a trailer coupling which can be sprung out by controls in the trunk of the vehicle when you set out to tow. Once the vehicle is done towing, the coupling can be folded back in. However, you would require an adapter or an adapter cable to connect your 7-pin trailer to the S-Class as it has a 13-pin socket. Should you use an adapter cable, it is important to tie the hitch to the trailer using extra cables for safety.

Towing with the S-Class is made easier thanks to the ESP trailer stabilization program that detects swerving when a trailer is connected and takes appropriate measures to minimize it for the safety of the driver and others on the road.

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is a line of full-size luxury sedans and one of the longest running-vehicle produced by German automobile manufacturer Mercedes-Benz. The vehicle has been in production since 1954. However, it wasn’t until 1972 when the S-Class nomenclature was adopted. The S-Class was formerly known as the Sonderklasse, which is German for ‘special class.’

As the S-Class was officially recognized in 1972, the model released in 1972 is regarded as the first generation. The S-Class entered its seventh generation in 2020. The S-Class is available in the US as a sedan, a coupe, and a cabriolet. Though, this article would only cover the sedan version of the S-Class. The S-Class is currently available in two models: the S500 4MATIC and the S580 4MATIC.

The S-Class truly lives up to its name, “Special Class,” as it provides not only luxury but performance as well. With a maximum braked towing capacity of 4600 lbs, the S-Class can surely tow a great deal more than any other sedans.