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MERCEDES-BENZ’S NEW S-CLASS SETS ITSELF A SIM­PLE IF SOME­WHAT DAUNT­ING BRIEF: TO MAKE THE BEST CAR IN THE WORLD.

HK Golfer - - Contents - By The Edi­tors

The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the au­to­mo­tive bench­mark in ef­fi­ciency and com­fort.

All new S-Class mod­els are fit­ted with a new ra­di­a­tor grille with three twin lou­vres as well as ver­ti­cal strips in high-gloss black fin­ish. The sa­loon with V-12 en­gine is fit­ted with ad­di­tional chrome-fin­ish ver­ti­cal strips in the ra­di­a­tor grille. The front bumper with pro­nounced air in­takes and sporty looks is also new. The new LED lamps with crys­tal-look tail lamps stand out at the rear. They look like jew­els and en­sure a char­ac­ter­is­tic de­sign day and night. A tail lamp light shows that plays when the ve­hi­cle is un­locked and locked.

All mod­els are fit­ted with a re­designed lower bumper sec­tion with integrated vis­i­ble tailpipe trim. The tailpipes are framed by a chrome trim el­e­ment, which spans the en­tire width of the ve­hi­cle.

The in­te­rior of the new S-Class is char­ac­terised by the two new high-res­o­lu­tion dis­plays, each with a screen di­ag­o­nal of 12.3 inches. Vis­ually, the two dis­plays un­der one shared glass cover blend into a wide-screen cock­pit and as a cen­tral el­e­ment con­se­quently em­pha­sise the hor­i­zon­tal ori­en­ta­tion of the in­te­rior de­sign.

Like the in­stru­ment clus­ter, this wide-screen cock­pit con­tains a large dis­play with vir­tual in­stru­ments in the di­rect field of vi­sion of the driver, as well as a cen­tral dis­play above the cen­tre con­sole. Be­cause the cock­pit is fully dig­i­tal, the driver can choose from three dif­fer­ent dis­play styles (“Clas­sic”, “Sporty” and “Pro­gres­sive“) and also con­fig­ure the in­for­ma­tion and views rel­e­vant to them at will.

In 2013, the S-Class be­came the first au­to­mo­bile to use ex­clu­sively LEDs as light sources. For the new S-Class, MULTIBEAM LED head­lamps are avail­able with UL­TRA RANGE high beams. Via 84 in­di­vid­u­ally con­trol­lable LEDs, the light is al­ways switched on ex­actly where it is needed. 100 times per sec­ond, a to­tal of four con­trol units cal­cu­late the ideal light­ing us­ing in­for­ma­tion from the cam­era be­hind the wind­screen as well as from the nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem.

If no other road user is de­tected, the road ahead is straight and the ve­hi­cle speed is above 40 km/h, the sup­ple­men­tary UL­TRA RANGE high beams are au­to­mat­i­cally switched on. This pro­duces the max­i­mum light in­ten­sity per­mit­ted by law, the bright­ness of the main beam head­lamps widely il­lu­mi­nate the road

con­tin­u­ously, with­out daz­zling other road users.

The new S-Class el­e­vates Mercedes-Benz In­tel­li­gent Drive to the next level. The range of driv­ing as­sis­tance and safety sys­tems fea­tures a mod­u­lar de­sign and as stan­dard in­cludes Ac­tive Braking As­sist, Cross­wind As­sist, AT­TEN­TION AS­SIST and also the oc­cu­pant pro­tec­tion sys­tem PRE-SAFE. New and also part of the stan­dard spec­i­fi­ca­tion is PRE-SAFE Sound (pre­pares hu­man hear­ing for the an­tic­i­pated ac­ci­dent noise when there is a risk of a col­li­sion). The “As­sis­tance Graph­ics” menu of the in­stru­ment panel shows the driver at one glance which as­sis­tance func­tions he se­lected and to what sit­u­a­tions the sys­tems are cur­rently re­spond­ing. Un­mis­tak­able icons pro­vide them with in­for­ma­tion on the screen as well in the head-up dis­play. All func­tions are now con­trolled from the steer­ing wheel.

For the first time, the LINGUATRON­IC voice con­trol from the new S-Class can rec­og­nize Can­tonese com­mands. The voice com­mands can be used to con­trol the air con­di­tion­ing and seat heat­ing/ven­ti­la­tion, in­te­rior light­ing (am­bi­ence light­ing, read­ing lights, light­ing in the rear), fra­granc­ing/ion­i­sa­tion, seat mas­sage func­tion and head-up dis­play. Also new with the LINGUATRON­IC 2.0: Driver is able to re­quest dif­fer­ent in­for­ma­tion – e.g. the next ser­vice date, the cur­rent speed limit, the re­main­ing range or the date.

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