A big launch deserves a big entrance and Mercedes-Benz’ all-new S-Class arrived for its global premiere aboard an Airbus A380 super-jumbo cargo plane.
Arguably the world’s best volume-produced limousine, the all-new S-Class should be on-sale locally late this year or early 2014 and the lineup unveiled in Europe includes two Hybrid models delivering astonishingly low fuel consumption – as low as 4.4l/100kms.
The launch lineup is: S 350 BlueTEC (190kW V6), S 500 (335kW twin-turbo V8), S 300 BlueTEC Hybrid (150kW four-cylinder hybrid) and S 400 Hybrid (225kW V6 hybrid). Drive is via Mercedes’ new 9-G-tronic automatic transmission. The new engines deliver considerably more performance than their predecessors.
Looks are stunning – continuing the S-Class styling theme but this time with more sculpturing for the sides and a much cleaner and aerodynamic front-end with large headlights which flow onto the front fenders. The aerodynamic work has paid off with the drag Cd as low as 0.23.
Lights are full LED front and rear.
Continuing the fuel-efficient theme, weight is down considerably with the all-new S-Class made with more than 50 per-cent aluminium.
Inside, the all-new Mercedes-Benz S-Class boasts even more space – 14mm more knee room in the rear and 14mm extra shoulder room. Major changes on the styling front too with a massive rectangular arrangement encompassing the instruments and satellite navigation screen and a new three-spoke steering wheel.
And the luxury stakes have been raised with new seats and a stunning Burmester audio system with a 12.3-inch dual-view screen.
Naturally the all-new Mercedes-Benz S-Class uncorks a raft of new technology including a new Emergency Steer Assist system which was developed in conjunction with Continental which works with the improved Emergency Brake Assist System to provide safe emergency maneuvering.
There’s also more cameras – providing better distinguishing of solid and broken lane markings and improved pedestrian detection system.
And Mercedes has also developed a new computer-governed automatic steering system.
Full details on the local lineup and available technologies will be released closer to launch.