By Shereen Shabnam
Staying at the forefront of luxury motoring, Mercedes-Benz is renowned for supreme comfort, style and craftsmanship and this year, the brand raised the bar higher with the launch of the new S-Class.
Exceptionally designed with exquisite detail, the new model adds new interpretations of luxury for today’s driver. The technology elevates comfort and safety and comes with efficiency that reduces environmental impact and improves performance.
New innovations include wellness features for personal comfort and incredible Intelligent Drive systems. Luxury is evident in every corner of the latest model, from the precise detail and craftmanship of its Nappa leather diamond stitched seats, to the wood-leather steering wheel and leather-trimmed doors.
The interior boasts materials and colour concepts that have been carefully composed, and feature a wide range of brown tones, including new colour combinations to suit individual style, such as magma grey, espresso brown, mahogany brown or silk beige.
Also noteworthy is the exquisite dashboard and the two unique high-resolution displays, each with a screen diagonal of 12.3 inches. The world-first ENERGIZING comfort control, a feature that transforms the automotive notion of bespoke, can be experienced in all seats, bringing spa-like functions to both the driver and passengers.
From massage, to temperature control, ambient fragrancing and special mood lighting, the S-Class enables specific wellness options tailored to the mood and need of the driver and comes with a choice of six programmes: Freshness, Warmth, Vitality, Joy, Comfort and Training.
Each program runs for ten minutes and is visualized on the head unit with colourful graphics and backed by suitable music. By blending each of these features, the new S-Class creates an incomparable oasis of comfort and tranquillity. The ambient lighting offers a wealth of individual settings, with 64 colours to choose from, adding a welcoming effect upon entering the cabin.
Intelligent Drive takes the S-Class to a new level of autonomous driving with driver assistance systems and substantially expanded functionality. The model utilizes cameras and sensors to develop a comprehensive understanding of surrounding activity, keep track, and adjust according to changing conditions.
For a driving experience like no other, the intelligence systems of the S-Class activate for enhanced safety and comfort; with automatic evasive maneuverers, steering assistance and automatic breaking.
In this model, the KEYLESS start function marks the introduction of the new attractive generation of keys, with a high-gloss black or high-gloss white design and different ornamental frames. Mobile phones can be charged wirelessly, without a telephone holder. This feature works with all mobile devices that support Qi standard.
To thrill music lovers, the expanded Burmester® High-End 3D Surround Sound system comes with an output of 1520 watts. Two new high-resolution displays, which blends into a widescreen digital cockpit, offer a choice of three different display styles (“Classic”, “Sporty” and “Progressive”).
The model’s sophisticated sculpted exterior adds style to every journey, complemented by its new radiator grille and crystal-look tail lamps. MULTIBEAM LED headlights with three distinctive torches of light are an exclusive design element. For the driver, this means a clear improvement of the already excellent lighting performance of current MULTIBEAM LED systems.
The engineering capabilities of the new S-Class signify the strength and might of the top-of-the-range model. The new Mercedes-Benz S 560 boasts a new V-8 engine that comes to the starting line with 345 kW (469 hp) and 700 Nm.
The new biturbo engine is among the most economical V-8 petrol engines in the world, and consumes only about ten percent less fuel than its predecessor. The turbochargers positioned in the V of the cylinder banks represent another special feature.
In order to offer more choice to the consumer, the high-performance models of the new Mercedes-AMG S 63 4MATIC+ and S 65 add impressive power and agile sportiness to the S-Class line-up. An updated front apron with jet wing underscore the more expressive appearance of both S-Class models and comes with a sprint time of 3.5 seconds from zero to 100 km/h.
Hence, the performance luxury sedan is at par with full-blooded sports cars. With the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class, luxury for today’s lifestyle has never been as intelligent, technologically advanced or as stylish on the road.