the new s-class com­bines lux­ury, ef­fi­ciency and tech

Australian T3 - - TECH LIFE -

1,500W sound sys­tem and even a sys­tem to scent the air – no tree-shaped air fresh­en­ers will dan­gle from the S-Class’s rear-view mir­ror. Re­plac­ing the dash­board, you’ll find two 12.3-inch HD dis­plays. One acts as an in­stru­ment clus­ter, the other a win­dow into the CO­MAND mul­ti­me­dia sys­tem, with USB, Blue­tooth and 3G de­liv­er­ing in­ter­net ra­dio, apps and a web browser. The lat­ter is best avoided; you’re bet­ter off con­nect­ing your smart­phone to the S-Class’s own 3G hotspot.

Want more cut­ting-edge car tech? How about an in­fra-red cam­era for night drives that scans for pedes­tri­ans and high­lights them in red. Is it use­ful? No, but it does make you feel like you’re in a video game and gives a glimpse of how au­tonomous cars will iden­tify haz­ards in the fu­ture. Speak­ing of au­tonomous tech, ac­ti­vate the Distronic Plus cruise con­trol and Steer­ing As­sist sys­tems and the S350 BlueTEC will guide it­self, stay­ing safely in lane, ac­cel­er­at­ing, brak­ing and steer­ing with­out any driver in­put.

There are flashier, faster and pricier lux­ury cars. But none can best the Mercedes Benz S-Class back at its world-beat­ing best. $TBC,, out now

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