The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is revealed in Hamburg and the 455-hp luxury sedan is bursting with advanced car technology.
Mercedes have unveiled the S Class luxury Sedan; a technological masterpiece that hopes to continue Mercedes dominance of the global luxury car market.
In fact it is absolutely it overwhelms with Innovation, filled to the brim with future car technology: 3D cameras, radar, night vision, LED headlights, active perfuming system, and — oh yeah — not forgetting the the twin-turbocharged 4.7-liter V-8 with 516 lb-ft of torque.
On Sale: September (S550); November (S550 4Matic)
Price Range: $92,000 – $150,000 (est.)
Engine: 4.7L twin-turbocharged V-8, 455 hp, 516 lb-ft.
Drive: Rear- or all-wheel
The key stats are impressive but what will really blow people away though, is the incredible array of new technologies and customisation options the 2014 Mercedes S-Class offers. Forbes.com nail down the detail on the tech:
The 2014 S-Class brings us one step closer to automated driving. It has cameras that act as eyes and radar sensors that act as ears, for a 360-degree view of the road.
It knows when cars are approaching too quickly in adjacent lanes and can warn the driver. It knows when a rear-end collision is imminent and can hit the brakes and activate hazard lights to mitigate injury. It can drive itself in gridlock. It can steer out of danger if the driver is too drowsy to stay in the lane.
Much of the technology is standard, and although it seems out of reach for the masses now, it will trickle down to every vehicle, eventually.
The rear-wheel-drive S550, with a 455-horsepower V8, goes on sale in September, followed by an all-wheel-drive version and a high-performance S63 AMG model in November. Next year, a plug-in hybrid and two variants with a V12 engine will debut as 2015 models.
The new S-Class design is drawing mixed reviews here in Hamburg. Some love the restrained styling and long, low proportions. Others bemoan the ornate LED headlights and front grille that is twice as large as before.
Whatever camp people choose as far as looks go, there is no arguing that the 2014 Mercedes S-Class is innovative. And that is what the S-Class always has been.
A classic shape in line with the styling we’ve seen on the new E-Class, (conservative but modern!) with an outstanding cabin and the latest tech should make this version of the S-Class another dominant entry in the luxury sedan class.
Now see the new S-Class in its full glory here: