The new 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, with two body lengths to choose from, is longer and wider than its predecessor models and comes as an S 400 HYBRID with a 306 horsepower V6, an S 500 with a 455 horsepower V8, an S 350 BlueTEC with a 258 horsepower V6 and an S 300 BlueTEC HYBRID with a 204 horsepower inline-4 cylinder engine. All powerplants take the S-Class to a top speed of more than 150 miles per hour.
The new S-Class has features that include a larger radiator grille, an LED-lit interior and exterior without using a single light bulb, brake lights that reduce their intensity at night or while waiting at traffic lights, Road Surface Scan that detects road unevenness with a stereo camera and Magic Body Control that instantaneously sets up the suspension to deal with the new situation. Distronic Plus with Steering Assist and Stop&Go Pilot takes the burden off the driver when it comes to lane guidance and is also able to follow vehicles in traffic jams automatically.
There are two high-resolution TFT color displays in 8:3 format with a screen diagonal of 12.3 inches form the new information center in the S-Class. The left-hand display for the instrument cluster and the right-hand display for infotainment and comfort functions. The new Pre-Safe functions can help to prevent collisions with pedestrians and vehicles in front in city traffic, defuse dangerous situations caused by traffic behind and enhance the protection offered by the seat belts. Pre-Safe Plus can recognize an imminent rear-end collision and warn the following traffic by activating the rear hazard warning lights at a high frequency.
The Energizing massage function is based on the hot-stone principle and the active seat ventilation has reversing fans and 14 separately actuated air cushions in the backrest, as well as an integrated warming function. There is a choice of six massage programs, two of them using the warming function. The function is also available for the rear seats. The rear seats have four different variants including an Executive seat with a backrest angle adjustable by up to 43.5 degrees, allowing occupants in the rear to concentrate on work or relax in comfort.
The new 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is due in showrooms this Fall.