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Insiders have revealed that Mercedes-Benz is testing banana wood as a trim on the next S-Class and that all wood veneers are 100 percent real. Exotic materials such as silk and cashmere are also being considered.
The current S-Class is becoming somewhat long-in-the-tooth, compared to the recently released Audi A8 and BMW 7-Series. Mercedes-Benz has prepared to launch the next-gen S-Class vehicle, to combat the rivals, sometime next year as a 2013 model. The designers and engineers are working to make the materials more durable for everyday use, which is a smartl idea considering what buyers expect from a $100,000 car.
[Souce: egm Car Tech]
One of the new technologies set to debut in the 2012 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is called Magic Body Control.
As good as current high-tech suspension systems are, reacting in milliseconds and predicting what’s ahead based on driver inputs, Magic Body Control will actually see the road. Utilizing two cameras to scan the road it can compensate surface irregularities milliseconds before the car encounters them. The cameras scan the area 15 to 45 feet in front of the car, and can detect and measure imperfections as small as 0.4 to 0.8 inches at speed of up to 80 mph.
Another technology set to debut on the new S-Class (complete with it’s own trademark three part Mercedes name) is Magic Light Control, which adds full LED headlamps with light levels that vary with speed, weather and steering angle.
The 2012 S-Class is reported to be offered in four body styles, including both a coupe and a convertible.
[Source: Car Magazine]