After quite a long period of time away from writing, I’ve a new and interesting bulletin for you to peruse. Every six years or so, Mercedes-Benz hold a magnificent event that shocks and enthralls the automotive media, whilst furthermore capturing the attention of the elusive car bores, such as myself and DM. The event drives us (no pun intended) to look scornfully at our own cars, as Mercedes reel out yet another version of the S-Class that can embarrass even the most gadget-laden BMW or Range Rover. Yes, the S-Class is notorious for providing its lucky owner with technology and luxury that can be rivaled by no other car for the next decade; that is, of course, unless you choose to invest in the next generation of the automobile in question.
The news: we’re due to see a new model very shortly.
The new model, then, would seem to have quite a lot of competition to deal with. Typically, this will include the BMW 7-Series, Audi A8, Jaguar XJ etc. but what you wouldn’t expect is that Mercedes will also being taking on Rolls Royce in their latest endeavours; this new model will see them dropping the Maybach brand, leaving this latest model to fill the enormous void.
There are simply too many new features on the new S-Class to be mentioned here at 0to60, however I’ve picked out a few of my favourites to demonstrate how excellent this car really is going to be. Firstly, the Mercedes COMAND system has been updated for the new model alongside a new hi-tech sound system. Furthermore, the Mercedes will be equipped with noise-cancelling speakers, and the ability to act as a Wi-Fi hotspot.
In the department of comfort, Mercedes have also got you covered with their new ‘Ride Control’ system. With this, the car scans the road ahead, monitoring changes in the surface and priming the dampers accordingly. Moreover, the car can park itself and will feature an autonomous driving system that will enable it to drive itself (in heavy traffic) at speeds of up to 25mph.
As usual, Mercedes will have you covered with a selection of engines ranging from basic four cylinders to the surprisingly economical AMG V12, with news of a hybrid version to follow. You can expect to see the CL-Class abolished and replaced by some sort of S-Class Coupé/Cabriolet, as well as the rumoured appearances of a 4-door Coupé and a Pullman version as well!
The price list remains to be seen.