The new generation of Mercedes S-class is understated outside, massively technological inside, and brings the fight to the large-luxury-sedan segment.
The W223 S -Class is finally here after ENDLESS leaks and as the leaks and renders, we basically know everything about it already. Unlike the massive leap into modernity that came with the W222, the W223 is more of an evolutionary rather than a revolutionary approach. Outside isn’t anything too different with the side profile nearly the same as before, albeit with flush door handles and reshaped shoulder lines.
Of course, once you have moved up to an S-class, the list of cars at the same level of luxury is shorter. Sure, there are even more expensive cars on the market: think Bentley or Rolls-Royce. But are there many choices that make it worth changing brands? In the past, the answer has often been no, and with this new W223 generation, Mercedes intends to ensure that the S-class remains positioned at the top end of the automotive hierarchy of technology, luxury, and innovation.
The W223 S Class will have a slew of powertrains ranging from the S500 with a 3.0L EQ boost straight 6 making 430HP, 469HP, and 516 lb-ft of torque-ft of torque from a 4.0L TT V8 in the S580. There also is a new S580e with a PHEV 3.0L Straight 6. Then will be the S73e pairing a V8 and electric motor to make 816PS (806HP) both with the 4Matic+ system.
Upfront is a whole new experience with a 12.8in OLED display and the haptic feedback with the “Hey Mercedes” feature available at all seats. In total, 5 screens can be had in the car with the three rear optional ones. 3D virtual cockpit, fingerprint recognition, optimal PIN code, and face recognition are here too. There are LOADS of other networking and safety features along with two different HUD’s: one normal one and then a more advanced Augmented Reality Not to mention Level 3 autonomous driving, e-active body control, rear steering with 10 degrees of steering capability* (4.5 is standard). Heated, ventilated and massaging seats, and so much more are on offer. No pricing is out yet.
The front end is graced by a new interpretation of the traditional Mercedes-Benz grille, similar to the facelifted E-class but bigger in size. The upcoming Maybach and AMG versions will each get their own unique grilles. The headlights look slim and slightly aggressive, the front hood is long enough to swallow anything from a straight-six to a V-12, and the greenhouse and side view are cleaned up and sharpened. In the rear, the new S-class gets a few delicate creases and horizontal taillights, like all other new Mercedes sedans. It is a contemporary and understated look that will be very competitive in its segment. While it is not lacking in sheer size, the new S-class appears sleeker than the Audi A8 and BMW 7-series that it will face off against.
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