The Mercedes S-Class, like almost all sedans from the star firm, is a real part of automotive history. So obviously, when a new generation (W223), the seventh in this case, points the tip of its nose, it's a small event. And as you can see, there have been some technological advancements since 1951 when the first generation was released.
As usual, with each new S-Class, Mercedes makes it its technological flagship. And beware, because the fact that there are hardly any more physical controls inside does not mean that the S-Class is not well equipped, on the contrary.
More aerodynamic than a Tesla Model S
Aesthetically speaking, the S-Class, especially the latest generations, has never really upset the aesthetic codes of the brand. It is broadly in line with the style of the other models, a style inaugurated in 2018 with the last CLS and which has been democratized on the new E-Class, SUVs and even more compact models. The S-Class is distinguished above all by its aerodynamics particularly designed to reduce its aerodynamic drag and therefore its polluting emissions. Mercedes announces Cx of just 0.22, while the Tesla Model S, one of the benchmarks in the field, claims 0.24.
As you can see, especially with these retractable door handles, everything has been worked on to make this S-Class as aerodynamic as possible. In terms of dimensions, the new S-Class is longer than its predecessor and peaks at 5.18 meters for the short version and over 5.30 meters for the long version. The wheelbase has also been lengthened by five centimeters and the front and rear tracks are also wider.
Up to 27 physical orders less
Inside, that's where almost everything changes with, for once, a completely new dashboard. Do you like Tesla with their big screens? You will love the new Mercedes S-Class and its new 12.8-inch touchscreen. This screen made it possible to remove up to 27 physical buttons and dials compared to the previous generation.
The steering wheel is also new with a capacitive recognition system, like on the Audi e-tron, allowing you to simply keep your hands on the wheel when you activate automated driving, without having to signal your attention to the car by a slight swipe of the steering wheel.
Rear passengers are always pampered and enjoy even more space compared to the old S-Class. They will still be able to benefit from an electrically adjustable seat, heated and ventilated seats, 11.6-inch screens and global management of the various functions of the car via a small removable seven-inch screen. It allows, among other things, to manage the mood lighting, particularly neat in this new Mercedes S-Class, as shown in the photos available.
Four engines on the program
As environmental standards require, the S-Class will convert to electrification. When it was launched, all engines will be fitted with 48V mild hybridization. In essence, we will have the right to the S 450 versions of 367 horses and S 500 of 435 horsepower. The United States will even be entitled to an S 580 model with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 of over 500 horsepower.
On the diesel side, it will be necessary to count on the S 350 d and its 286 horses while the S 400 d will be entitled to a six-cylinder in-line 330 horsepower. All engines come standard with a 9G-Tronic automatic transmission. In 2021, the range will be completed by a plug-in hybrid version which will display 100 kilometers of range in 100% electric mode.
More secure than ever
As you can imagine, the Mercedes S-Class has just about everything that exists when it comes to driving aids. The listing is as long as an arm and includes, for example, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, steering assistance, lane keeping assistance, lane change assistance, recognition of road signs, active monitoring of blind spots, etc.
The Mercedes S-Class also benefits from three new unlocking and starting systems: a fingerprint recognition system (located inside, next to the hazard warning light button), facial recognition and voice recognition.
It is also the first car to be equipped with a frontal airbag for the passengers in the bench. An airbag between the driver and the passenger is also added. To complete it all, in the event of an imminent side impact, the car rises. The energy of the impact is thus diverted towards the lower parts of the structure, which are more resistant.
For the time being, Mercedes has not yet announced French prices for its new S-Class. For the record, the current version starts, in France, from 94,600 euros. The entry ticket should increase by a few thousand euros with this new generation.