The 14.96-metre long S 419 GT-HD extends the range of high-deck coaches in the ComfortClass 400 series, and is the longest variant in the combined touring/inter-urban segment. First presented at the 2008 International Commercial Vehicle Show (IAA) in Hanover, this touring coach was designed to meet specific customer requirements and has one more row of seats than the S 417 GT-HD. Accordingly this model, which is able to accommodate up to 67 seats with a 3-star seat layout and no toilet, is a particularly attractive alternative for coach operators in countries with large long-distance road networks.
The S 419 GT-HD is equipped with a 350 kW (476 hp) MB OM 502 LA V8-engine and the 12-speed ZF-AS Tronic AS-2300 transmission with automated gearshifting, and already meets the Euro 5 exhaust emission standard coming into force in the autumn.
The test bus is fitted with 60 Top seats with Nimbus upholstery, two courier seats, 19-inch monitors at the front and at the centre entry, fire alarm systems in the engine compartment and luggage compartments, and an efficient, roof-mounted 39 kW air conditioner with automatic climate control that includes the cockpit. Features in the onboard kitchen include a 5-litre boiler and a 40-cup coffee-maker. The cockpit is equipped with a leather-lined steering wheel and a carbon-look instrument panel. As passive systems, Lane Keeping Assist and proximity control ensure even greater safety for the driver and passengers.