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The new Mercedes Benz S-Class takes a major step towards autonomous driving, with a strong focus on passenger well-being and comfort

The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class was unveiled in Shanghai last month.

Among the highlights of the new model – which will be launched in Europe in July – is its autonomous driving focused technology and new levels of comfort and wellness settings in the interior.

Several new engines are planned for the new S-Class: in-line six cylinders as diesel and petrol engines as well as a new V-8 bi-turbo petrol engine.

In addition, Mercedes-Benz plans a plug-in hybrid with an electric range of about 50 kilometres.

The model takes a big step towards autonomous driving with Distronic Active Proximity Control and Active Steer Assist promising even more comfortable support for the driver to keep a safe distance and steer. The speed is now also adjusted automatically ahead of curves or junctions.

In addition, Multibeam LED headlamps and Ultra Range High Beam help turn night into day while Road Surface Scan, the forward-

looking detection of bumps, and curve-tilting function Curve are further unique features of the S-Class in the segment of luxury saloons.

The new S-Class also sees the launch of the new Energizing comfort control system. This optional feature links various comfort systems in the vehicle together – such as climate control, ambience lighting, massage and fragrancing functions – and allows customers to configure a specific wellness set-up to suit their mood or need.

Externally, all models are fitted with a new radiator grille: the versions with six and eight-cylinder engines sport three twin louvres as well as vertical strips with a high-gloss black finish in the radiator grille. The saloon with long wheelbase and V-12 engine is fitted with additional chrome-finish vertical strips in the radiator grille.

In conjunction with the new Multibeam LED headlamps, the S-Class features three distinctive torches of light as an exclusive design element. The front bumper with pronounced air intakes and sporty looks is also new.

All models are also fitted with a redesigned lower bumper section with integrated visible tailpipe trim while seven new light-alloy wheels with diameters between 17 and 20 inches are available as standard or as options.

The interior of the new S-Class boasts open-pore wood and leather-trimmed doors in a range of colour combinations and has two new high-resolution displays, each with a screen diagonal of 12.3 inches with virtual instruments in the direct field of vision of the driver.

The new S-Class has touch-sensitive controls in the steering wheel that respond to swiping motions like the screen of a smartphone. All models are also fitted as standard with the Keyless start function.

The flagship from Mercedes-Benz was the best-selling luxury saloon in the world in 2016. Since 2013, the company sold well over 300,000 saloons.

Ola Källenius, who is on the Board of Daimler AG for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development, says: “The development of the new S-Class was extremely extensive. With a whole series of new features and functions the S-Class remains the technological pioneer.”

Mercedes-Benz S-Class 
www.mercedes-benz.co.uk/s-class

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