All-new Mercedes-Benz S-Classe

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is a series of luxury sedans produced by German automaker Mercedes-Benz, a division of German company Daimler AG. The classification was officially introduced in 1972 with the W116 S-Class, which succeeded previous Mercedes-Benz models dating to the mid-1950s.

The S-Class has served as the flagship model for Mercedes for over fifty years in its various incarnations. The S-Class has debuted many of the company's latest innovations, including drivetrain technologies, interior features, and safety systems (such as the first seatbelt pretensioners).

The S-Class has ranked as the world's best-selling luxury sedan, and its latest generation, the W222 S-Class, premiered in 2013. As in previous iterations, the W221 S-Class is sold in standard- and long-wheelbase versions; I4, V6, V8, V12, diesel and hybrid powertrains are offered. All models built in Mexico or sold in the United States are only available in long wheelbase.

All-new Mercedes-Benz S-Classe
All-new Mercedes-Benz S-Classe

All-new Mercedes-Benz S 500

The S-Class represents the technological pinnacle of automotive development at Mercedes-Benz. With MAGIC BODY CONTROL, the new S-Class is the first vehicle in the world capable of identifying bumps in the road in advance and adjusting the suspension to the situation. In addition, the advanced AIRMATIC air suspension offers even greater comfort with improved vehicle dynamics.

Thanks to numerous new assistance systems and significantly enhanced functions in the S-Class, "Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive" fuses comfort and safety. For instance, the BAS PLUS Brake Assist system with Cross-Traffic Assist is, for the first time, able to identify traffic crossing the vehicle's path as well as pedestrians and accordingly boost the driver's braking performance, while the PRE-SAFE® Brake avoids collisions with autonomous braking intervention at speeds of up to 50 km/h.

Moreover, with PRE-SAFE® PLUS, the PRE-SAFE® anticipatory occupant protection system can be upgraded to include safety measures in the event of an impending rear impact.

With its large, demonstrably three-dimensional radiator grille, long bonnet and gently sloping tail end, the new S-Class has the proportions of a classic saloon. The size and space requirements were intentionally designed to give the new

S-Class an aura of prestige, while also showing off a sporty coupé-like side with its dynamic roofline. And with its clean architecture, the interior design of the new S-Class embodies a classic saloon, as superior as it is ultra-modern.

The new S-Class combines driving comfort, roominess and ease of operation at the highest level. The perfectly attuned material and colour concept creates an exclusive, sleek interior. For the first time in the history of the S-Class, the long-wheelbase saloon was the focus of development – giving even rear-seat passengers front-row seats. The enhanced seven-colour ambient lighting is a new feature. A re-engineered generation of COMAND Online with intuitive operation makes its world premiere in the new S-Class. Two 12.3-inch high-resolution TFT colour displays make up the new information hub in the S-Class.

The optional Burmester® High-End 3D Surround Sound system provides an unparalleled experience, offering three-dimensional sound in a vehicle for the first time.

First Plug-in Hybrid with a star starts

The S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID blends an ultramodern hybrid drive configuration with the unique innovations and the luxurious equipment and appointments of the S-Class. The luxury saloon with a long wheelbase impresses with unique dynamism and efficiency.

Climb in, start, drive off and, as well as exemplary efficiency, on request experience via kickdown the special acceleration of the electric motor – this is how easy hybrid driving with the new S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID is. For in everyday use it moves just as easily as any other automatic transmission car.

The Mercedes-Benz S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID offers a system output of 325 kW and 650 newton metre torque, and in just 5.2 seconds sprints from 0 to 100 km/h and can drive up to 33 kilometres purely electrically. The certified consumption is 2.8 litres/100 kilometres, which corresponds to 65 g CO₂/km emissions. Key elements of this impressive output are the V6 biturbo and the intelligent hybrid drive. Following the S 400 HYBRID and S 300 BlueTEC HYBRID the S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID is the third hybrid model in the new S-Class. Its new high-voltage lithium-ion battery can be externally recharged via the charging socket in the right side of the rear bumper.

"The new S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID offers our customers the entire range of innovations that make our new S-Class so successful, and thanks to its intelligent operating strategy ensures outstanding driving pleasure and dynamism combined with the highest efficiency. Moreover, it allows completely emission-free driving for up to 33 km," says Ola Källenius, Executive Vice-President for Sales at Mercedes-Benz Cars.

"The S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID is the first luxury saloon with the performance of a V8 and the fuel consumption of a compact model. The greatest challenge in this is to translate highest efficiency into superior performance. In this respect there is a highly interesting parallel with our successful Formula 1 racing car, which likewise has a turbocharged V6 engine and hybrid drive," says Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber, member of the Daimler AG Executive Board responsible for corporate research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.

Fuel consumption combined: 2.8 l/100 km; combined CO₂ emissions: 65 g/km; Electr. energy consumption NEDC acc. to ECE-R101: 13.5 kWh/100 km.

In the background the foresighted energy management system automatically selects the ideal combination of internal combustion engine and e-machine and in so doing not only adapts its strategy according to the load status of the battery; it also foresightedly adjusts it according to the traffic or route. But anyone wanting to can also intervene manually and with the aid of four operating modes and three transmission modes regulate the hybrid interplay themselves.

Here, what is known as the haptic accelerator pedal supplies the driver with feedback on the switch-on point of the combustion engine or signals via a double impulse when they should take their foot off the accelerator for sailing and recuperating. The energy flow is shown in all operating states in the instrument cluster and in the central display.

Source Mercedes-Benz Media Press.

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