Tuesday 18 April 2017, By Autovolo
Mercedes has unveiled its latest S-Class saloon at the Shanghai Motor Show.
The new S-Class features a range of more efficient engines, as well as greater levels of autonomous technology.
Ola Källenius, Daimler AG board member responsible for group research and Mercedes-Benz Cars development, said: "The development of the new S-Class was extremely extensive. With a whole series of new features and functions the S-Class remains the technological pioneer.”
Due to arrive in European markets in July, the latest S-Class benefits from two new diesel powertrains in the form of the S 350 d 4Matic and the S 400 d 4MATIC. The latter is available with two output levels – 282bhp and 335bhp.
Two petrol engines are also available – a S 560 4 MATIC and S 63 4MATIC+ - with both offering impressive levels of performance. The S 63 4MATIC+ produces 603bhp, but thanks to cylinder deactivation technology, the turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 is capable of offering significantly better economy figures than the naturally aspirated 5.5-litre V8 found in the previous-generation car.
A range-topping S 65 still remains, powered by a 6.0-litre Biturbo V12. It produces 621bhp and 1,000Nm of torque, and has been visually updated, too.
Mercedes is also planning a plug-in hybrid version of the S-Class capable of driving around 30 miles on all-electric power.
Autonomous technology plays a bigger part in the new S-Class, as well. Distronic Active Proximity Assist automatically uses maps and navigation to adjust the vehicle’s speed based on the current route. If it senses that a sharp bend is ahead, for instance, then the car will automatically reduce its speed.
The S-Class’s Active Lane Change Assist has also been given an extensive overhaul. Now, drivers need only tap the indicator stalk to initiate a lane change. The car will then automatically check to see whether another vehicle is blocking the route and, if it is then safe to do so, will change lanes.
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