Mercedes-Benz S-Class – First Drive Review – Car Reviews – Car and Driver

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Mercedes-Benz S-Class

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It usually takes between and ten years for Mercedes-Benz to spew an all-new S-class. As the flagship of a brand that likes to its technological breakthroughs and engineering many of those years are spent thinking of new ways to the competition by inventing devices we knew we needed-rain-sensing wipers-and like stability control pull your bacon off the

So this newest S-class has features not seen before, but about 40 years of innovative Mercedes has decided to pile all its technology into a single that mimics the dreaded-at to us-BMW iDrive. The object of our is a silvery dial the size of an puck just forward of the armrest. But Mercedes says its controller is the best of the breed and spent hours presenting and ergonomic studies and showing off interior simulators in an attempt to the glassy-eyed auto press the system is unique and superior to all

Sit inside the S-class, and you’ll go a period of frustrating denial in you’ll ask yourself questions Why can’t I just have a screen? But the more you play the dial, the more you realize of its functions can be operated by other

Aside from the fundamental an owner would likely to adjust just once-interior lighting, exterior-light shut-off side-bolster inflation-the only you are forced to use the knob is when inputing a destination requiring the system. The sound system can be by voice or by steering-wheel buttons, controls are on the dashboard, and the telephone can be by voice or by a number pad that above the dial.

Radio presets have to be with the dial, but how often do you have to change your Compared with the BMW system, easier to find your way and harder to get stuck.

A result of the knob is that the new interior concentrate buttons and switches in any place, the idea being you won’t be overwhelmed by numerous buttons. The switchgear that has a metallic finish reminiscent of electronic gear. The interior has a 7-series-like feel because of the monitor that sits atop the dashboard, the now-column-mounted and of course that dial.

It’s a slightly more place than in the previous owing to a wheelbase 3.1 inches another inch in height, and over a half-inch in width.

The to the big BMW end when it comes to the exterior of the S-class. There’s a slightly trunk that might be with that of the 7-series, but the cue Maybach, not Bangle. The S-class has an likable design that is handsome and aggressive than its

Character lines and large flares that house 18-inch wheels and optional give the sedan a sporty, stance.

Initially, two models be available: the 382-hp, 5.5-liter S500 and the 510-hp twin-turbocharged S600. The V-8 makes 80 more than the previous generation, to new DOHC heads, four per cylinder, and more displacement. The 5.5-liter V-12 remains the except for a few engine-management tweaks unearthed 17 hidden horses.

Despite a slight weight Mercedes claims the new car will the previous model.

Mercedes claims its new sedan is its safest S-classes equipped with Distronic Plus cruise go beyond the standard car’s features with a short-range system that looks at an closer to the front of the vehicle the long-range radar used by the control.

Information from the system is used to increase the of the brake-assist system (brake adds braking power in situations, when most apply insufficient pedal by adding brake pressure faster when the radar objects in front of the vehicle. In mode, the S-class will now to a complete stop if traffic and will start up again on its

Working in concert with the radar is a more advanced of Mercedes’ Pre-Safe system adjusts seatbelt tension, various seat bolsters, and any open windows to prepare for a collision when the radar that an accident is imminent. The version of Pre-Safe prepares for a collision based on the sensors by the stability-control system.

For those who enjoy ticking off the options there are more cameras to be had are present in the women’s lavatory at Berry’s restaurant. There’s an camera that gives the a view of the road beyond the range. In back there’s an rearview camera that rid of the old model’s parking sensors.

A well-optioned S500 should crest $100,000.

The current has been a strong seller at half a million units. It to be seen how its traditionally wealthy, owners who probably saw 2001: A Odyssey in the theater will to the COMAND controller.

But the additional and luxury features, performance, and are what we expect from a new Of course, we also expect capable driving qualities. tell you about that we get behind the wheel in a few months.

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