Mercedes Benz S Class has been setting the standards in the luxury class for many decades, right from the W 187. And today, Mercedes Benz launched the New Generation S Class, which writes a whole new chapter in the history of S Class, this time around driven by more of technology, comfort & luxury. Like its younger sibling the E Class, which looks chiselled at the right places, the new S Class follows the same path. On launch, Ola Källenius, Chairman of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG, said, "The S-Class is the world's best-selling luxury saloon. With the latest generation we want to offer our customers innovation, safety, comfort, and quality as never before. The future of Daimler will continue to be fascinating, sustainably climate-neutral, and not least sustainably profitable. We concentrate on producing the most desirable cars in the world. This is what we promise, and it is the best way towards more profitable growth."
With a short front overhang, a long wheelbase and a balanced rear overhang, the S-Class is designed as a classical saloon with perfect proportions. Other unmistakable exterior features include the stretched bonnet, the upright front end with the mounted star, the long passenger cell, and the flowing C-pillar with its sculptured shoulder. The headlamps characterise the front aspect of the car. They have the three-point daytime driving light signature that is typical of the S-Class, but this is flatter and somewhat smaller overall. The new light system digital light is available as an optional alternative to the standard MULTIBEAM LED headlamps. This headlamp has a distinctive look and is distinguished by e.g. the blue light of its floor facing. Interiors is where the S Class has always been an ace, and I am happy to report that, this S Class continues that tradition. The sculptured look of the dashboard, centre console and armrests appears to float above an expansive interior landscape. The systematic reduction in the number of controls underscores the minimalist appearance of the interior. A fine divide between the upper section of the dashboard and the large trim element structures the area and creates horizontal breadth.
Alongside up to five screens, the highlights include the large areas of trim in the dashboard and in the rear (in the Comfort Seat variant). These flow around the passengers and are a systematic further development of the wrap-around effect. New design elements include the flat, four-square centre vents with horizontal nacelles. Two slim, vertical side vents on each side round off the ends of the dashboard. Seats have now become tech enabled. Up to 19 motors in the front seats make for comfortable seating – a number that indicates the complexity of the technology installed in the seats. Ten different massage programmes are available in the new S-Class. These use the vibration motors and can enhance the effect of a relaxing massage with warmth on the hot-stone principle. Five different rear seat variants make it possible to configure the rear of the S-Class as a working or rest area.
30 speakers and eight exciters are included in the Burmester® high-end 430 D surround sound system. Two exciters are integrated into the backrest of each seat. Direct reproduction of the sound resonance in the seats adds another level to the three-dimensional listening experience – 4D sound. The perceived intensity of the sound can be individually adjusted for each seat.
"Hey Mercedes" now supports 27 languages with natural language understanding (NLU). This makes natural interaction on a wide range of topics possible. As a new feature, a completed dialogue can be continued with further commands. Several consecutive instructions can be issued, for example activation of the seat heating and starting the route guidance in the navigation system. The activation keyword "Hey Mercedes" is no longer necessary for certain applications. An incoming call can be taken directly with "Accept call", for example. In the S-Class, "Hey Mercedes" can also be controlled from the rear. Several microphones help to tell the system which seat the voice is coming from. The active ambient lighting flashes at this position and identifies the current speaker.
In the new S-Class, Mercedes-Benz comes another big step closer to its vision of accident-free driving. The driver is supported by numerous new or extended driving assistance systems. He/she thereby has a reduced workload in day-to-day situations and can drive comfortably and safely. When danger threatens, the assistance systems can respond to impending collisions as the situation demands. The operating principle of the systems is made visible by a new display concept in the driver display. Thanks to improved environmental sensors, the parking systems give the driver even better support when manoeuvring at low speed. Operation is faster and more intuitive thanks to integration into MBUX. The optional rear-axle steering is integrated into the parking assistants, with the calculation of trajectories adapted accordingly. Emergency braking functions serve to protect other road users, too.
Six-cylinder in-line petrol and diesel engines in various output classes are the first engine variants for the new S-Class. A V8 engine with an integrated starter-generator (ISG) and 48-volt onboard electrical system will be available soon after. A plug-in hybrid with an all-electric range of around 100 kilometres will follow in 2021. At launch, there are 3.0 L Petrol and Diesel options with 5 different state of tunes. For petrol we have the S-450 4Matic churning 367 HP/500 NM & the S-500 4Matic churning 435 HP/520NM , and for diesel we have the S-350D churning 286 HP/600 NM, and the range topping S-400D 4Matic churning 330 HP/700 NM. The petrol variants get additional EQ Boost, which give additional 22HP/250 NM of additional boost. All the engines are mated to Mercedes’s favourite 9 Speed, 9-G Tronic gearbox.
Overall, the new generation S Class, once again step up’s the game to the all-new level. It will be interesting to see, when Mercedes Benz India, gets this S to India.