2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class review

3 Sep 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class review

So is the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class not one traditional incandescent lightbulb can be anywhere on it; not in its headlamps, its tail its mood-setting ambient lighting or its cluster.

In fact, you could correlate one LED bulb for every that Mercedes-Benz has referred to its flagship as not only the best it has ever built, but the best car built.

That#39;s not the kind of an automaker, even a German can make lightly (pun, intended).

Then again, should be boastful about the S-Class. Perhaps no car will as diverse a buyer base as the – bankers in Frankfurt, oil sheiks in Saudi Arabia, housewives in Orange County, hip hop in Brooklyn, importers/exporters in the third and, of course, the nouveau in China.

Not only is the S-Class to be the new luxury choice for high-worth world-wide, it will also the basis for a new ultra-extravagant sedan to the now-discontinued Maybach.

Given the phenomenal growth the luxury brand market has over the last decade, that last group that likely influenced the the most: From the palatial seating area to radar-guided that makes it the closest to an autonomous car you can buy, the S-Class a serious case for itself.

But the car ever? To see about that, we to Toronto to sample this big for the first time.

Pampering and

All-new inside and out, the new is stylistically an evolution of the frumpy S. More swept-back than its look is vastly more – even though we the LED-lined dark-finish headlamps are sci-fi-alien in their execution. impressive are the tails, which at Bentley without overtly

Cartoonish two-spoke steering aside, the S-Class#39; interior is, simply, as good as it gets. will be offered only the model that adds 5 inches worth of stretch-out in the rear to the Euro-style standard Though a three-place bench is on we imagine a good number of will be ordered with an rear seating arrangement rivals an Emirates Airbus for its poshness.

In addition to the expected reclining, cooled and massaging thrones, passenger has an iPad-sharp individual TFT screen, a wireless AKG headset, a tray table, a pillow rest and, at all four heated center and door armrests.

Suffice to say that it any other luxury car feel a tired Mercury Sable Mercedes points out that material in the S-Class that like metal or leather is the real McCoy, although the definition of real metal to include metal-plated plastic. there#39;s not a surface that extraordinarily pleasing to touch or, for the time ever, to smell.

A perfume is discretely atomized the car#39;s cabin in one of four scents to cover up the real outside. In smog-choked China, might be a major boon, but is a pretty clean place.

Of some buyers – here in the United States but few in – will wind up their S-Class instead of in it. To that end, drivers are by a pair of nearly 12 inch-wide screens mounted next to one Though this glass arrangement might sound the execution is phenomenal.

The left-hand screen works a conventional instrument cluster, analog-style gauges and relevant information. The right screen, shows audio and navigation operated by a knob and a smattering of located on the center console.

the S-Class doesn#39;t just an audio system – it has a High-End setup with speakers than you can count behind metal grilles with landau bars. are even speakers nestled the roof.

Those screens control access to a host of new and comfort tech made by a stereo camera setup into the windshield just the rearview mirror. Acting a pair eyes mated to a Hawking#39;s brain, the cameras the road ahead not just for obstructions like cars, and animals, but also for potholes and markings. An integral part of the step toward autonomous the cameras are likely to be standard on S550s (which haven#39;t detailed yet) but will be in some other markets.

Lights, camera, action

talk first about the way air suspension talks to the stereo Constantly detecting variations in the surface ahead, they the underpinnings for bumps and potholes as as the suspension is set to Comfort mode. the system really only with the front wheels straight ahead, we were blown away with how the prepared itself for a series of road humps Mercedes had for us on a special course.

In Sport the humps made their known, albeit in the kind of fashion one would expect a luxury car. With selected, they simply – the suspension absorbed without disturbing the cabin.

Well, Mercedes does it Magic Ride Control. have to wait to sample the more on rough real-world but suffice to say that we#39;re intrigued by this magic ride.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Even more to change the highways of the world as we them is the S-Class#39; step autonomous driving, a verbose of words: Distronic Plus Steering Assist and StopGo

Reading road stripes and the cameras direct the electrically-assisted and brakes to stay within the on relatively straight stretches of You can#39;t quite set cruise and climb into the back for a nap as the system will bark at if they take their off of the steering wheel for more a couple of seconds. But this is a step in that direction.

a boon for traffic jams are more epic in China even Los Angeles), the system as its name indicates, allow the big to safely putter around at speeds with virtually no intervention.

Given that the is as close to an autonomous car as we#39;ve seen, it#39;s not surprising driving experience from the wheel is rather detached. an accurate handler with steering and a ride quality reproache, this big four-door registers very low on the fun-to-drive despite its robust powertrain.

one engine will motivate sedans in the U.S. at least for now a carried-over 4.6-liter twin-turbocharged V8 debuted just last Sending power to the rear or, in models, all four wheels via a automatic gearbox, the big eight is a and powerful operator.

But we#39;re anxious to sample the AMG and diesel-sipping BlueTEC variants will make their way after the S550 first the market in September.

If the 2014 is a glimpse into the future, we now that it#39;s only a of time before we can plug into luxury pods to us from one place to another. or not this detachment from is appealing to you will inevitably by how recently you#39;ve been in a traffic jam.

Inarguably the technologically advanced car ever the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class something of an enigma as to how we define the

2014 Mercedes-Benz S550 price, TBA.

Words and by Andrew Ganz. Some courtesy Mercedes-Benz.

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