Mercedes-Benz has cultivated a tradition of luxury automobiles since 1972, when the very first S-Class code W116 appeared. Other generations, each more high-tech than the next, have followed the times. In 2020, on-board technologies and other driving aids are now part of our daily life as motorists, but with the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class W223, the star firm is going even further in all areas.
Statutory in more than one respect, the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class features a design that plays with all the codes of the automobile. Thus, the front of the new Mercedes flag carrier imposes its forms while revealing a certain finesse. 5.179 m long, the S-Class W223 is therefore also very wide (1.954 m) but the treatment chosen for the front bumper with the huge lower air intakes intelligently "breaks" a front part which could have been too heavy visually.
This is not at all the case thanks to the adoption of many fine and chrome elements in particular for the grille with the horizontal bars, the optics with rather thin lines participate in establishing a slender and homogeneous style while the star is enthroned on the front cover.
In profile, the designers located across the Rhine have played the card of simplicity, understanding fluidity with a high body line that stretches almost to the rear lights and a long curved roof, the latter then forming almost one with the trunk. This search for fluidity is also repeated for the flush door handles.
Seen from the rear, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class imposes, this time, much more, this with lights which take up space. Linked by a new shiny headband, they are located very high which brings out a massive rear bumper but no less elegant because everything is refined and the curves are contained.
Let's move on to the interior of this new S-Class … watch your eyes, this is the pinnacle of automotive luxury and high technology. Both refined and hyper-modern, the great Mercedes does not, of course, forget to offer optimal comfort.
The central touch screen is 12.8 ″ (OLED – 239.06 mm x 218.8 mm) occupies the entire space of the center console while the panel dedicated to digital instrumentation is 12 , 3 ″. These screens are part of the latest generation MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) system. Including the other screens available for rear passengers, there are a total of 5.
Apart from the many devices related to comfort (massage, audio, etc.), the S-Class is also equipped to meet the category of level 3 autonomous cars like the Tesla.
Let us come to the engines of the large German sedan knowing that all its launch variations incorporate a 48 V light hybridization. In gasoline, there are the S 450 (367 hp / 500 Nm) and S 500 (435 hp / 520 Nm). In diesel, the offer consists of the S 350 d (286 hp / 600 Nm) and the S 400 d (330 hp / 700 Nm). Note that only the S 350 d can bypass the 4Matic all-wheel drive to become a rear-wheel drive, all the other S-Classes will therefore be offered with the 4Matic system as standard.
To be quite precise, the North American market will even be entitled to an S 580: V8 4.0 l twin-turbo with more than 500 horsepower. In terms of gearbox, the 9G-Tronic automatic transmission is present on all S-Classes.
Later in 2021, Mercedes-Benz will launch a PHEV (plug-in rechargeable hybrid) version announced for some 100 km in all electric. AMG versions are also in the boxes. Finally, find our test drive of the first all-electric Mercedes, the EQC, by clicking here.