In April, Mercedes-Benz showcased its latest iteration of its top-of-the-line S-Class, at Auto Shanghai. Baroque Ground finds out what sets this model apart from its predecessors
Auto Shanghai was full of stunning new car models, but one that stood out from the crowd was the 2018 model of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, which offers an entire range of new, innovative technological features. Many of these features were evident when Mercedes’ E-Class debuted in 2016, but the S-Class has some new innovations all its own. These include Distronic Active Proximity Control, which, when set by the driver, uses GPS information to slow the car down for corners, circles, junctions, etc.
The new S-Class boasts a 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder diesel engine, instead of the V6 in previous models. There’s also a nine-speed automatic transmission with AMG’s Speedshift technology. The diesel version is said to be the most powerful diesel Mercedes model ever built. This large, comfortable sedan is a popular choice for those who are into German precision combined with the latest technology.
Since the S-Class was first introduced in 2013, this luxury sedan has proved extremely popular. The 2018 model is expected to be just as sought-after, if not more so, with its new styling, revised interior, new features and driver-assist technology. An example of this is the car’s innovative driver’s wellness system, which adjusts the ambience of the car, as well as the massaging program of the seats, the interior temperature of the vehicle, plus ventilation and lighting to promote health and wellness while driving.
The exterior of the new S-Class features new headlights and taillights, whilst AMG models boast a new design for the front bumper to differentiate them from both the standard and the Maybach models. Talking of Maybach – the Mercedes Maybach S-Class features a new Maybach logo for the front grille. The new S-Class also features a choice of two new 20-inch wheel types.
The interior is equally new and exciting and features a pair of 12.3-inch screens in the dashboard. There’s also a new three-spoke steering wheel with touch-sensitive controls. The car’s Burmester sound system has also been upgraded.
Another excellent feature is the enhanced camera and radar system that works together with navigation information to assist the driver in driving the car in the best way possible. This includes Active Distance Assist Distronic, Active Steering Assist, Active Emergency Stop Assist, Active Lane Change Assist and Active Speed Limit Assist. Safety features include Pre-Safe Impulse Side, which inflates the seat bolsters if imminent side impact is detected so that the driver can be moved in case of an accident.
Upholstery choices added to the mix include Silk Beige/Deep Sea Blue, Magma Grey/Espresso Brown and Mahogany/Silk Beige. As yet, full specs and prices for the S-Class are not available, but are expected to be communicated before the cars’ launch later this year.