In autumn 2006, after more than 12,000 units for over 50 countries, a new star appeared on the scene: the new Mercedes-Benz Tourismo.It was four stars to be exact, as the Tourismo high-deck touring coach was now available in three different lengths from 12.1 to 14.0 m, as well as in twin-axle and, for the first time, triple-axle variants.The body design was smooth and straightforward,while the front and rear ends were styled in typical Mercedes-Benz fashion.The feature line at the side forming a link between exterior mirror and roof was a subtle reminder of the predecessor's swept-back styling.
The equipment in the new Tourismo was now more customised to meet individual operating requirements and specific conditions in different countries. Passengers benefited from hot-water convector heating and the driver from a new cockpit offering plenty of freedom of movement and a joystick gearshift. Key safety features included the ESP® Electronic Stability Program and the vehicle's width of 2.55 m.
The drive system now typically consisted of six-cylinder in-line engines with outputs of 260 kW (354 hp), 300 kW (408 hp) and, on the triple-axle model, 315 kW (428 hp), as well as six-speed manual transmissions.With its BlueTec® engine technology the new Tourismo met the Euro IV emissions standard. Right-hand-drive versions together with automated and fully automatic transmissions opened up new sales potential for the Tourismo. Cathodic dip priming at the new Hosdere bus plant in Istanbul served to enhance corrosion prevention.
Three years later, Mercedes-Benz expanded the range again by bringing out the Tourismo RH.The new raised-floor bus was well suited to upmarket regular-service routes and internal company transport as well as excursions and short trips.The twin-axle vehicle was available in lengths of 12.1 m and 13.0 m.All Tourismo vehicles could now be equipped with the Mercedes GO 240-8 PowerShift fully automated eight-speed transmission as an option.