Is this the new best car in the world? It sure smells that way
Every seven years comes a new S-Class and a new benchmark. Is this the new best car in the world?
AT A lavish event in Hamburg, Mercedes unveiled its new S-Class— and your next car, too. Yes, that’s right. The car you buy in 2020 might cost less than one-tenth the price of the least expensive S-Class, but it will include features from the ‘‘ world’s best car’’, as the new S is inevitably described.
Not that there was much left to reveal. Since late last year there have been no fewer than four minor revelations of the car that every seven years sets the benchmark for ultraluxury motoring.
Its inevitable new array of technology and features shows the rest of us what can be expected in ‘‘ real world’’ cars. It’s all been rather too like Moses descending from the mount and revealing the commandments in a five-part serial. Even now no non-Benz person has driven the S-Class except on a simulator. The climax to the saga comes in early July (which Carsguide will bring you from Portugal).
So far we’ve had the revelations of the lighting system (500 blazing LEDs and not a single bulb), safety systems (including a degree of autonomous driving, since made available in the E-Class) and the interior (including a workshop on the perfumes it emits on demand). This week, without camouflage or obscuring lighting, we see the whole thing. Leaked brochures did not deter hundreds of media from all continents (tellingly for the luxury car market, most were Chinese).
Even if not as momentous as an Old Testament episode, the lessons in a new S-Class resonate with everyone buying a new car in the next decade.
In previous generations, Benz’s flagship has pioneered such staples as airbags, central locking, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability program. The latter is about to become mandatory in Australia.