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 gains 3.5 centimeters to peak at 4.98 meters for the short version and over 5.20 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.
Two engines on the program for now
Under the hood, we find two configurations for the moment, namely the Mercedes-Benz S 500 of 435 horsepower and the S 580 from 503 horsepower. The first engine, we already know it since it equips the Mercedes-AMG CLS 53. It is a six-cylinder in-line with 3.0 liters of displacement thus developing 435 horsepower and 520 Nm thanks to an EQ Boost system. , that is to say a light hybridization allowing to deliver up to 21 horses more.
As for the S 580 it is much simpler, we are back to the great classics with the presence of the brand's famous twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8, this time pushed to 503 horsepower and 700 Nm of torque. Mercedes has yet to announce the performance of these two models. Technically, the German firm also announces that it has revised a few elements, including the suspension and the rear wheel steering system, allowing the car to be even more agile.
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.
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.