DRIVE LIKE NEVER BEFORE
QATARTODAY TEST-DROVE THE NEW MERCEDES-BENZ S 450, AND THE EXPERIENCE WAS VERY SIMILAR TO BEING IN A SELFDRIVEN CAR. 61 > QATAR TODAY > MARCH - APRIL 2018
Driving the new Mercedes-Benz S 450 is by all means a unique experience – you literally let the car drive you. And it feels that you always arrive earlier than before for your appointments, and most importantly you are more comfortable than ever.
When you are driving the S-Class on the streets of Doha, arriving is almost incidental, for you as well as the Mercedes engineers. Their main aim for every journey is to create a space which becomes yours when you move into it. In a seat that cools or warms you, and gently tilts backwards until you are relaxed and stretched, the meaning of spaciousness is truly rediscovered.
For me as I drove it, it was just amazing to let the car drive with its enhanced driving assistance systems, which use its two cameras on the top of the front mirror to stay in the lane and the sensors to judge the distance between the car and any other object nearby.
With its ideal proportions and distinctive new details, the redesigned 2018 S-Class is more majestic and more athletic. From the double chrome bars in its grille and new front apron to its strong rear shoulders, it clearly conveys the power and strength within. Yet its subtleties are just as compelling. Its unusually crisp body creases, tight tolerances, and intriguing LED illumination make it the embodiment of confident elegance and the advancement of a rich tradition.
All-LED exterior lighting
The first car without a single light bulb since the advent of electric lighting in automobiles, the S-Class advances its technology with bold new style. From its headlamps and triple-band LED Daytime Running Lamps to its threesegment vertical tail lamps with intriguing “Stardust” technology, long-lasting and energy-efficient LEDs accomplish every exterior lighting function. LEDs also offer quicker illumination, offering other drivers more time to react to your brake lamps and other signals.
Touch control steering wheel
The 3-spoke multifunction sports steering wheel in black nappa leather, with a flattened bottom section, heavily embossed in the grip area, with steering wheel gearshift paddles and steering wheel trim in galvanised silver chrome, has a touch control button and four function keys in each of the left and right control pads.
Rear Seat Comfort package
The best possible seating comfort in the outer rear seats is ensured by multicontour seats, which incorporate inflatable air chambers for even more individual adjustment. That is why they are recommended by AGR, a German spinal health organisation. The ENERGIZING massage function enhances the sense of well-being – also using heat based on the relaxing hot-stone principle. The rear passengers are able to adjust the air chambers in the lumbar and shoulder areas individually to suit their personal physique.
Magic Sky Control
Magic Sky Control creates an open-air feeling at the push of a button. The twosection panoramic sliding sunroof changes from dark to transparent or vice versa within a few seconds. The transparency of the two sections of the roof can be changed independently for each section. In its tinted state, it substantially reduces heating-up of the vehicle interior. Magic Sky Control is activated via a switch on the overhead control panel.
Driving Assistance package
This combination of complementary safety and assistance systems can help to relieve driver strain, reduce the risk of accidents and improve protection for both the occupants and other road users, within the limits of the respective systems. Assistance is provided with controlling the distance and speed, as well as with steering, among other things. The package includes Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC, Active Steering Assist, Active Braking Assist, Evasive Steering Assist and PRE- SAFE PLUS