The Mercedes-Benz S-Class and its predecessors have always stood out for innovative automotive engineering. With the three engineering priorities “Intelligent Drive”, “Efficient Technology” and “Essence of Luxury”, the new S-Class extends the boundaries of technology on many levels. The S-Class is not just a technological spearhead for Mercedes-Benz, but for the automotive development as a whole.
Diesel & Motor Engineering PLC (DIMO), the authorized distributor for Mercedes-Benz in Sri Lanka recently introduced the flagship model of the Mercedes-Benz family – the all new S-Class (W222). This is acclaimed as the most intelligent production passenger vehicle built thus far, and is set to be the benchmark for all other luxury models that will follow.
As with every generation before it, the customers expect the new S-Class to set standards across the board to retain its accolade as “the best automobile in the world”. Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars said, “Rather than being about safety or aesthetics, power or efficiency, comfort or dynamism, our aspirations were ‘the best or nothing’ in every respect. No other car stands for the Mercedes-Benz brand promise more than the S-Class.”
Perfection to the last detail results in “The Essence of Luxury”. This pursuit of the best is particularly noticeable in the interior: whether it is the seats or the air conditioning, the controls or the design, the infotainment or the comfort and safety in the rear – new ideas, their painstaking realization, and highest perceived quality underpin the high standards that the engineers have set for the Mercedes-Benz flagship model and for themselves.
People all over the world can recognize a Mercedes-Benz straight away. The classic Mercedes face runs like a golden thread through the brand’s history. “The sophisticated design of the S-Class has always been an expression of luxury and automotive grandeur of its era. And our new S-Class continues this tradition. With its classic architecture and flowing silhouette, it is a modern embodiment of sensual clarity,” says design Chief Gorden Wagener.
The new S-Class is the first vehicle in the world whose interior and exterior does not include a single light bulb, and sees Mercedes-Benz building on its pioneering role in the lighting sector. The lighting’s multi-level functionality is another world’s first: out of consideration for any road users behind, the intensity of the brake lights is reduced at night or while waiting at traffic lights, for example.
Visibility is enhanced by two assistance systems that have undergone some key improvements – Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus and Night View Assist Plus. Thanks to a new stereo camera and multi-stage radar sensors, the S-Class has 360-degree all-round vision and detects potential dangers on the road better.
The new S-Class is the world’s first car to be able to detect bumps on the road ahead. If ROAD SURFACE SCAN detects such unevenness by means of the stereo camera, MAGIC BODY CONTROL instantaneously sets up the suspension to deal with the new situation. This innovative suspension system is available as an option for the eight-cylinder models.
Passengers in the rear are also seated in first-class – the design and exclusivity of the seats, door panels and all controls are to the same, high standard as the front. As an additional individualization feature, the “First Class Rear” incorporates a Business center console combining personal comfort with practical convenience (integration of a telephone handset, additional stowage compartments, folding table, etc).
As alternatives to the standard sound system with ten loudspeakers, two very high-quality audio systems are available which were developed together with the high-end audio specialist Burmester: the Burmester® Surround Sound system and the Burmester® High-End 3D‑Surround Sound system. The new S-Class is the only vehicle with an advanced Burmester® system.
As an Intelligent Automobile, the new S-Class is packed with sophistication and advanced electronics, which are engineered and attuned to suit different conditions. When you purchase your S-Class from DIMO, you are rest assured that your ‘Intelligent’ car will perform and will be looked after as such a car should be. The S400 Hybrid requires Daimler Certified Hybrid Technicians to look after the vehicle.