Mercedes-Benz Tourismo

Mercedes-Benz Tourismo M/2 (2nd generation)

As the successor of O340, the O350 was unveiled at Hannover International Motor show in year 1994. Its exterior design is still based on O303, however its chassis no longer comes from O303 like its predecessor, but from O404 instead.

This is shown on various new technical features, including disk brakes, independent front suspensions, and the instrument panel.

The exterior design Mercedes-Benz O350 is unusual, either in opposition to its plain predecessor O340 or its flagship O404: A tapered C-pillar makes it unmistakable. At the beginning, O350 is only available as a 12m variant with normal height (known as RHD for Reisehochdecker in German).

In year 1998, a variant with increased height was presented, known as O350 SHD (Superhochdecker in German). As a result, the SHD model offers more space for luggage than conventional RHD model.

Mercedes-Benz Tourismo L (3rd generation)

In year 1999, the Tourismo series became a facelift. The type designation “O350” was cancelled. The oblique C-pillar is now optically integrated into the front door, which creates a smoother transition of lines. The front, headlamps and exterior mirrors were revised, and fog lights were added. Also the interior was redesigned: Almond-shaped multifunction lights in the ceiling instead of previous light bar. These buses still come from Turkish production, and are available as RHD and SHD models.

Assembly plant: Mercedes-Benz Türk A.Ş (Turkey)

Years of production: 1994—

Capacity: 61 passengers

Length: 13,115 mm

Width: 2,550 mm

Height: 3,680 mm

Engine: Mercedes-Benz OM 936 (diesel)

Engine specs: 6 cylinders; 7700 cc

Power: 428 HP

Max speed: 101 km/h

Weight: 19,500 kg

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