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

Qatar Today - - AFFAIRS > AUTO NEWS - BY KARIM EMAM PHOTOS: HAS­SAN AL DAGHESTANI

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.

De­sign lead­er­ship

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

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