New Mercedes S-Class goals to redefine the luxurious saloon for 2020 and past
Mercedes makes a easy however daring declare concerning the newest S-Class, that it’s ‘‘the most effective automobile on the earth’. It goes on sale in Europe in December, with market launches within the USA and China following in February 2021.
New 2020 Mercedes S-Class: design and platform
The brand new S-Class is the primary Mercedes to be based mostly on a brand new era of the agency’s MRA platform for saloon vehicles. It implies that alongside the mannequin’s conventional fastidious strategy to luxurious and luxury, this new automobile is a crucial milestone for the corporate – it comes with a technological revolution contained in the cabin, that may set the tone for the next-generation variations of the C-Class and E-Class.
Mercedes has confirmed two variations for the European market – customary wheelbase and a protracted wheelbase. The usual automobile sizes up at 5,179mm lengthy, that means it has grown by round 54mm. Step as much as the lengthy wheelbase mannequin, and the automobile measures 5,289mm nostril to tail. In each circumstances, the advantages of the expansion spurt are discovered within the again, with each vehicles fielding extra legroom and headroom than earlier than, in addition to greater boots, each up by 20 litres to 550 litres.
The edges of the automobile are smoother, whereas flush door handles can be found as an possibility. The rear finish is outlined by a pair of triangular tail lights, linked by a chrome strip; the entire form is extra aerodynamic than earlier than, not solely aiding gas financial system, however decreasing wind noise considerably too.
This time spherical there shall be no Coupe or Cabriolet variations, with the S-Class to be stored strictly in limousine type issue. Alongside the usual and long-wheelbase variations of the automobile, an prolonged wheelbase Maybach badged variant will seem later, described by R&D boss Markus Schafer as “very differentiated” and an enormous step ahead for the model’s Maybach fashions.
Inside and know-how
Probably the most radical design modifications are reserved for the cabin, the place the S-Class options an all-new inside structure centred round a brand new, second-generation MBUX infotainment system.
It’s not possible to disregard the brand new central show, utilizing smartphone high quality OLED display know-how and haptic suggestions. It’s 12.8-inches in dimension and portrait in orientation, flowing instantly into the new-look centre console and sitting on prime of a dashboard with a brand new, flat airplane floor operating from one facet of the automobile to the opposite. It comes with a brand new consumer interface and is suitable with over-the-air replace know-how to the S-Class.
A brand new digital instrument panel with actual 3D impact graphics sits in entrance of the motive force, alongside a new-look steering wheel with touch-sensitive capabilities. Behind all of it is a brand new head-up-display able to augmented actuality know-how. This implies warning symbols and prompts, comparable to instructions from the navigation, can seem as if they’re being projected in 3D instantly onto the road. A regular HUD with out this know-how is on the market. Altogether, the brand new screen-based tech means Mercedes has eliminated 27 buttons from the earlier mannequin’s dashboard.
As much as three shows might be fitted behind the S-Class. Two 11.6-inch touchscreens mounted to the seat backs of the entrance seats enable rear occupants to surf the net, verify emails or watch tv, whereas there’s additionally a detachable pill, saved within the folding centre arm relaxation in S-Class variants with three rear seats, or in a devoted slot on the centre console in two-seat rear bench vehicles.
Mercedes’ Energizing consolation programmes return too – these are selectable profiles that routinely management the inside environment, altering the ambient lighting, air temperature, audio stage and therapeutic massage suggestions relying on the profile chosen. A brand new mode even groups up with the therapeutic massage operate and a 30 speaker audio setup from Burmeister to create ‘4D’ sound, with extra vibration within the seat for low bass tones. There are six Energizing programmes for occupants to select from.
MBUX Inside Assistant is a brand new function, too. It makes use of cameras within the automobile’s overhead panel to interpret the top, hand and physique actions of these on board and routinely allow corresponding automobile capabilities and supply contextual prompts. For instance, if the motive force reaches over to the passenger seat to seize one thing at evening, the sunshine above the passenger seat will routinely change on. a facet mirror additionally permits it to be adjusted with out the necessity to function a bodily change. If an occupant makes an attempt to exit the automobile as one other automobile approaches, the ambient lighting will pulse crimson as a warning.
S-Class engines and autonomous driving
Mercedes goals to take a step ahead with semi-autonomous driving know-how with the brand new S-Class, introducing Degree 3 functionality for the primary time. The corporate says that from the second half of 2021, the brand new S-Class shall be able to ‘hands-off’ autonomous driving on motorways and in site visitors jams. The driving force will have the ability to verify emails or browse the net, and the automobile – in sure circumstances – shall be able to responding to all site visitors and any potential collisions. Distant parking help means the automobile can park itself or be summoned from a brief distance by way of smartphone.
New chassis know-how arrives on the double, with rear-wheel steering and 48-volt managed air suspension; Mercedes says the brand new rear wheel steering system reduces the turning circle of the S-Class to that of a household hatchback. Elective E-Physique Energetic Management suspension can increase one facet of the automobile by as much as 80mm earlier than a side-on collision, decreasing the affect. Airmatic air suspension with regularly adjustable damping is customary tools.
As for engines, Mercedes has confirmed a launch line-up consisting totally of three.0-litre turbocharged straight-six choices, with two 48-volt assisted petrols and three diesels to select from. All vehicles use the identical nine-speed automated gearbox and are electronically restricted to a prime velocity of 155mph.
Petrol energy kicks off with the S 450 4MATIC with all-wheel drive. It develops 362bhp and 500Nm torque, propelling the S-Class from 0-62mph in 5.1 seconds. The S 500 4MATIC ups the ability to 429bhp, decreasing 0-62mph to 4.9 seconds.
The favored S 350 d returns with or with out a 4MATIC all-wheel drive, creating 282bhp and 600Nm torque. Mercedes claims that rear-wheel drive variations cowl 0-62mph in 6.4 seconds, with the 4MATIC system decreasing it to six.2 seconds. Gas financial system of as much as 44.1mpg is claimed for the S 350 d. Above these two choices is the 325bhp S 400 d, with 700Nm torque and a 5.4 second 0-62mph time.
Elsewhere, the model has confirmed that V8 energy will come to the S-Class in 2021 with 48-volt gentle hybrid help, and a petroleum plug-in hybrid model able to as much as 62 miles on electrical energy solely can be in improvement, however a diesel plug-in – as is on the market within the E-Class – appears off the playing cards, with R&D boss Schafer explaining that such a mannequin will not be related within the S-Class’s large Chinese language and American markets. A high-performance AMG model can be deliberate, however no particulars have been confirmed.
Mercedes S-Class: trip overview
Our transient encounter with the S-Class from the passenger seat reveals that Mercedes’ flagship pushes boundaries as soon as once more.
Chief engineer Jürgen Weissinger is sitting on the wheel of his ultimate challenge earlier than retirement. Up to now, he’s been chargeable for Merc’s Maybach limousines, however the brand new S-Class is his farewell current.
He begins by demonstrating the brand new rear-axle steering, hauling the limo round in near-impossible vogue and heading off down the highway. The S-Class is eerily quiet – Merc has even gone so far as discovering a brand new vulcanisation course of for the rubber window seals seeking perfection.
Our trip is brief, however we are able to sense the craftsmanship that has gone into the automobile. The inside tech dazzles; the seats function 17 motors for adjustment and therapeutic massage, whereas the MBUX infotainment units new requirements. As for the plug-in hybrid? Weissinger claims he’s managed greater than 73 miles on battery energy alone.
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