Driv­ing now an art form

Business Day - Motor News - - MERCEDES-BENZ S-CLASS -

emer­gency brakes with a re­ac­tion time faster than that of the av­er­age driver. In the event that a col­li­sion is un­avoid­able, the Pre-Safe sys­tem will also pre­pare the car by closing all win­dows and pre-ten­sion­ing the seat­belts.

Even the seat­belts, an in­ven­tion orig­i­nally cre­ated by Mercedes-Benz are dif­fer­ent to the ones you might be used to. Open the door and the seat­belt clip au­to­mat­i­cally slides out of the seat to make it eas­ier to clip the belt in. The belts even con­tain their own airbags.

Safety is also about keep­ing the car safe dur­ing park­ing ma­noeu­vres and the S-Class is again packed with fea­tures. It has Adap­tive Park­ing As­sist with Park­tronic and you also get a full 360° cam­era with a bird’s-eye view so you can see all around you when park­ing in your garage or a car park.

Tech­nol­ogy is also about the ride. Air­matic air sus­pen­sion pro­vides a supremely com­fort­able ride, but it is the Magic Body Con­trol that takes things to a new level. This sys­tem uses cam­eras in the wind­screen to scan the road ahead for bumps or dips. When de­tected it au­to­mat­i­cally primes the sus­pen­sion to keep the body of the car flat as you pass over the bump, en­sur­ing the pas­sen­gers are al­most un­aware that you have driven over any­thing at all.

The S-Class has al­ways pro­vided the best in terms of com­fort lev­els in the cabin and here tech­nol­ogy also plays a part. The sump­tu­ous leather seats have Easy Ad­just head re­straints as well as a mul­ti­tude of ad­just­ment op­tions to en­sure you find an op­ti­mal po­si­tion whether driv­ing or re­lax­ing in the rear. The S-Class can be equipped with mas­sag­ing func­tions on the seats which can pro­vide you with an ac­tive work­out mas­sage or even a hot stone mas­sage. When you are not be­ing mas­saged the seats can

Above and be­low: The styling of the S-Class is all about luxury and re­fine­ment. Tech­nol­ogy en­sures that ev­ery road is smooth. Above right: The in­te­rior sets a new stan­dard in com­fort and tech­nol­ogy. The rear seats, be­low right, pro­vide a re­laxed en­vi­ron­ment for busi­ness or to un­wind.

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