2018 Mercedes-Benz S-class Preview in Shanghai Motor Show
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The current S-Class was the golden star for Mercedes-Benz, very popular amongst the fans since the car went on sale in 2013. The car is getting updated in many ways. The notable changes include more efficient powertrains, a wider light path for the headlights, new electronic driver assist features, and new comfort features.
The changes to the exterior are not that prominent, as it is the usual practice in the flagship sedan segment. The grille has been transformed and the internals of the headlights have been changed now including three distinctive accents of light. The taillights receive a three-bar design. The front bumper design used for the AMG models is much more aggressive and for those buyers opting for the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, there’s a new Maybach logo between the louvers of the front grille.
Several new engines are planned for the new S-Class: in-line six cylinder petrol engines as well as a new V-8 biturbo petrol engine. In addition, Mercedes-Benz plans a plug-in hybrid with an electric range of about 50 kilometres. Also, the world première of outstanding technologies such as the 48-volt Integrated Starter Alternator and the electric booster compressor is witnessed.
In the cabin, the dual-screen digital dash now features a single pane of glass enclosing a pair of 12.3-inch screens. The betterments include three-spoke steering wheel design featuring touch-sensitive controls, and the Burmester sound system benefits from a few extra speakers. New trim and lighting packages that can further customize the cabin as well as a “wellness” feature that adjusts the climate control system (includes fragrancing), the seats (heater, ventilation, massage), and lighting are just splendid to make occupants feel more relaxed.
The headlights remain full-LED units and now feature an available “ultra-wide” beam pattern that lights up much more of the road and surrounding area. Matrix LED technology makes it possible for the headlights to be left in high-beam mode without dazzling other road users. When there are oncoming vehicles or vehicles in front, the LEDs of the high-beam are switched off, at that time low-beam is doing the work.
The highlights are the features of DISTRONIC Active Proximity Control and Active Steer Assist that enable the car to automatically adjust its speed for a number of road situations. Mercedes mentions smart movement on bends, highway exits, junctions, roundabouts and toll booths as examples. The smart features rely on enhanced camera and radar systems as well as map and navigation data to calculate driving behavior.
The feature to ROAD SURFACE SCAN that scans the road ahead and automatically adjusts the suspension to suit has also been improved via a new stereo multipurpose camera. The new camera is said to scan the road ahead with greater accuracy, even in dark conditions and at higher speeds.
The benefit of CURVE - Mercedes’ curve-tilting system (previously it was only on the S-Class Coupe) is another great feature where the body can tilt to the inside of a turn by up to 2.65 degrees, reducing the centrifugal forces perceived by passengers. Also, worth mentioning is the upgraded lane change assist feature where indicator stalk is all it takes to initiate a lane change. This lane change is done within the next ten seconds within a certain speed range and if the vehicle sensor system does not detect any vehicles in the relevant safety zone the driver might have missed.
The car made its world debut on Wednesday at the 2017 Shanghai auto show.
Note, Mercedes is yet to reveal details on the plug-in hybrid version of the S-Class which is set to receive "EQ Power" badging and a wireless charging system. Fans are going to be left speechless by the cars intellectual features providing more comfort and safety. Mercedes-Benz is never behind in innovation and the result is an ever-increasing fanbase. With the new S-class, the Mercedes-Benz brand is all set to mesmerize the customers.