The long-awaited Mercedes Benz S-Class is officially here, and already it looks set to offer great levels of luxury in the large sedan segment.
Mercedes Benz is calling it the best car in the world, and it most probably will be for a lot of people. The motoring press is very excited about it too, not only because “S-Class” is one of biggest names in the luxury car segment, but also because of the amount of new technology it promises to offer.
The new S-Class definitely has a lot of presence thanks to its sleek and elegant new design. It is also the first car in the world to do without any bulbs for the head- and tail-lamps, using LED units only (the headlamps use up to 56 LEDs each, while the tail-lamps use up to 35 LEDs each – with an additional four for the rear fog lamps).
Initially, there will be four models available when the S-Class arrives at showrooms later this year. Options will be as follows:
The S300 BlueTEC HYBRID reaches a top speed of 240km/h, while the other three models will reach a limited top speed of 250km/h. An S500 Plug-In-HYBRID will be the next model to join the S-Class range, and is said to use less than four litres of fuel to cover 100km. All models come equipped with a seven-speed 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission sending power to the rear wheels.
One thing that new S-Classes have always been known for is the introduction of new technology, and this S-Class is no different. Here is a list of a few of the new systems that will be available:
Development of the new S-Class was primarily focused on the long wheelbase version, thanks to the huge popularity of the S-Class as a prestige chauffeur-driven vehicle in markets like the USA and China. As a result, the short wheelbase version has been derived from the long wheelbase version rather than the other way around.
In Germany, prices for the S-Class will start at €79,789.50 for the SWB S350 BlueTEC, and go up to €107,635 for a LWB S500.
By Alex Kisiri