Though leaks have revealed almost all aspects of the new 2014 S-Class, Mercedes has finally officially pulled the curtain from its newest flagship sedan.
Demonstrating “the highest expression of the Mercedes-Benz brand,” the new S-Class is packed full of the best technology and innovation that the German brand has to offer.
Only one version of the car was revealed today: the S550. It sources power from a twin-turbo V8 that pumps out 455 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, giving the S550 an estimated 0-60 mph time of 4.8 seconds. Linked up to the engine is a seven-speed automatic transmission which will send the power to the rear wheels in standard models, and all four wheels in the new 4Matic version of the car. An AMG model along with a plug-in hybrid version of the S-Class are both expected later.
The overall wheelbase of the car remains the same as in the previous generation, though the 2014 S-Class is both longer and wider than its predecessor. Here in the US, only long-wheelbase versions will be available.
Design cues change quite a bit on the new car, which features more rounded surfaces that give the car a fluidic appearance.
The first of its kind, Mercedes is introducing a new system called ‘Magic Body Control’ on the S-Class, which uses a camera to scan the road surface ahead. The information is then used to adjust the damping of the suspension on the fly, providing the smoothest suspension possible for every individual road situation. Also helping the ride is improved frame rigidity.
Moving to the inside, the 2014 S-Class is loaded with new features, all focused on providing a luxurious experience. First off, the seats get a new massage function that uses 14 separately actuated air cushions in conjunction with heat and has six different massage programs built in. Another world first, the 2014 S-Class features an active perfuming system, which uses a perfume atomization system to emit a discreet and mild smell to keep the interior of the car smelling good. On top of that, almost every surface is heated in the S-Class, including a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear armrests, heated & active ventilated rear seats, and rear heated seats.
In the dash, two new 12.3-inch screens have been fitted that display new visualizations and animations along with new ‘navitainment’ function such as the ‘driveshow,’ which gives passengers a view of the map and estimated time of arrival, much like the displays in an airplane.
Safety tech is also everywhere in Mercedes’ newest S-Class, which features collision prevention assist, attention assist, surround view camera, active park assist, active lane keep assist, Pre-safe airbags and seatbelts, night view assist and more.
GALLERY: 2014 Mercedes S-Class
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