Mercedes' statement seems boastfulBut from everything we've heard, the company may just be stating a fact
Mercedez-Benz certainly didn’t set the bar low on their all-new 2014 model after claiming its flagship S-Class redesign is the “best automobile in the world” and that it represents the “essence of luxury.”
This view is definitely reflected in the new S-Class, but no more so than in its interior which is a combination of new technologies and luxurious design. More stylish outside while also being more efficient under the hood, the S-Class takes a huge step above both its predecessors and competitors.
The S550 is a little longer, stretching 206.5″ and is a major departure from the current flagship as its more in line, design-wise, with the E-Class model. The biggest difference is in the all-LED lighting – no light bulbs are found anywhere in or outside of the car. The car is also 300 LBs lighter than its predecessor thanks to a stiffer aluminum/steel hybrid body. The car comes in both a standard and sport exterior trim forms.
An upgraded version of the Pre-Safe collision avoidance system is incorporated into the car which has the capacity to detect pedestrians and vehicles in city traffic while providing autonomous braking at speeds up to 50 KM/H. The new system can also detect imminent rear collisions which then turns on the hazard lamps to alert the other driver.
To reduce the risk of whiplash and collision injuries, the brakes hold firmly to prevent the car from rolling forward and the seatbelts pull their passenger away from the direction of impact. The rear seatbelts also include an inflatable airbag and a cushionbag located under the rear seats in order to prevent passengers from sliding below the seatbelt.
The first models to launch will be the S550 rear-wheel drive and S550 4match (all-wheel drive) followed by diesel, hybrid and AMG models. These models all use a 4.7L twin-turbocharged V8 producing 455 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque which is available from 1800-3500 RPM. The models all reach 60 MPH in 4.8 seconds, topping out at 130 MPH. A start/stop system is used to reduce consumption on US models.
And 8-speed automatic gearbox and an electro-mechanical rack-and-pinion steering system are standard on both models. Under the hood, the car includes a multi-link front and rear suspension system with air springs and adjustable damping shock absorbers that provide a ride quality vastly better than its predecessor according to the company.
Arriving in September, the S550 4Matic and S63 4Matic models will follow in November
Source: Left Lane News