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Mercedes S-Class at the IAA 2013: All information and photos

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M ercedes has its own requirements for the new Mercedes S-Class formulated clearly and concisely. With the W222 you simply want to have built the best automobile in the world. The new Mercedes S-Class will celebrate its trade fair premiere at the IAA, previously it was unveiled at a large gala in Hamburg. The luxury liner can be ordered from May 15th at prices from around 80,000 euros.

New Mercedes S-Class with two wheelbases

The S-Class will be offered again in the 2nd Wheelbases, this time the focus of the engineers' development was on the long version. The wheelbases themselves remained unchanged, the overall lengths increased by around 4 centimeters. The interior is said to have improved noticeably.

But let's stick with the exterior for now. The new Mercedes S-Class is therefore clearly smooth. Exposed wheel arches are passé, dynamic lines are very popular. A little more concave and convex sheet metal in the flanks, a more concise front with a larger grille and a more sloping roofline with a coupé look paired with accentuated chrome strips - the new, elegant line is ready, which has also taken a big step forward in terms of aerodynamics should have. Mercedes cites a drag coefficient of 0.24 for the Mercedes S-Class.

Hot stone massage and office equipment

There was also progress in lighting technology. Filaments are out, only LEDs light up on the new S-Class - from the headlights to the taillights, in the interior anyway.

It comes with leather and precious wood as standard, but can do a lot more. With the new Mercedes S-Class, Mercedes wants to be at the top of the luxury segment and - not least because of the discontinuation of the Maybach brand - pulls out all the stops in the development of the model. For the rear, 5 different seat variants will be available for the first time for the variant with a longer wheelbase, which can be equipped with a massage function with 6 programs and 14 individually controllable, partially heated air cushions based on the hot stone principle.
Belt buckle extender and armrests with heating function in the center console and in the door ensure even more comfort. An integrated telephone receiver, additional storage compartments and a storage table for laptops and the like come in the package and turn the Mercedes S-Class into a mobile office.

Mercedes sets them upS-Class under scent

In the new Mercedes S-Class, the driver looks at the fittings that seem to float freely and are framed by ambient lighting. 2 large color displays in the format 8: 3 and with a screen diagonal of more than 30 centimeters form the interface to the electronics. The left screen is located directly behind the steering wheel and replaces the previous instrument cluster. The right screen, a touchscreen above the center console, controls the infotainment and convenience functions.

The audio system was also newly developed, in which the front bass speakers have now been integrated into the body and in this way use the volume of the transverse and longitudinal members as a resonance body. All functions of the entertainment system (radio, TV, internet, navigation, DVD player and USB devices) can be used independently from each other. A surround system from Burmester is optionally available.

The new Mercedes S-Class inherits the active scenting of the interior from the Maybach, which automatically aromatizes the interior with a personally selectable note. In addition, the air conditioning was further optimized and equipped with a more powerful filter system. Of course there will be a wide range of customization options for the interior of the new Mercedes S-Class.

Semi-autonomous driving in the S- Class possible

Mercedes also offers a wide range of assistance and safety systems. There is a glare-free permanent high beam, tail lights with regulated intensity, a night vision system that also recognizes animals, an active lane departure warning system, a brake assistant that can also look into intersections, a distance cruise control that also copes with traffic jams semi-autonomously, a traffic sign recognition with wrong-way driving -Warning function, a parking assistant that can park lengthways and across, a predictive chassis that presets the air suspension, a crosswind assistant and a significantly expanded Pre-Safe system. The active bonnet protects pedestrians in the event of a crash.

At the market launch, 4 engines are available for the new Mercedes S-Class. A petrol, a diesel and two hybrid variants (see table below). The power spectrum ranges from 204 to 455 hp, the consumption spectrum from 4.4 liters of diesel to 8.6 liters of gasoline. The seven-speed automatic gearbox is used throughout.

S-class price list for download

The prices (the We offer the current price list for download under the article) for the new Mercedes S-Class start at 79,789 euros for the S 350 Blue Tec with a short wheelbase. The S 400 Hybrid costs from 85,204 euros, the S 500 is available from 104,601. The corresponding long version costs between around 5,500 and 3,000 euros extra. For the S 300 BlueTec Hybrid has not yet been named, the S 500 plug-in hybrid has already been announced as a further drive variant.

Our colleagues from sportauto and motorklassik can also contribute a lot on the subject of the Mercedes S-Class. For example, the (still) current S 63 AMG meets the famous “red pig”, three S-Class generations present themselves on a trip together and even our editor-in-chief pays a private W126.


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