New Mercedes-Benz S-Class revealed, priced from £79,789.50

After numerous spy shots, leaks and teasers, Mercedes-Benz yesterday unveiled the new S-Class at the Airbus A380 delivery center in Hamburg, Germany.

The idea behind S-Class has not changed, the goal again is to offer the most luxurious and advanced vehicle in the luxury saloon glass. Boasting an evolutionary design, the new S-Class features a sportier front, a larger grille and a sloping rear. The drag coefficient is an impressive 0.24. The S 300 BlueTEC HYBRID has a cd figure of 0.23 thanks to additional aerodynamic optimisation measures.

“Rather than being about safety or aesthetics, power or efficiency, comfort or dynamism, our aspirations were ‘the best or nothing’ in every respect. No other car stands for the Mercedes-Benz brand promise more than the S-Class.” commented Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars.

The short wheelbase model is 5116mm long, 1899mm wide and 1483mm tall with a wheelbase that spans 3035mm. The long wheelbase model is 5246mm long and has a 3165mm wheelbase.

The new S-Class is the first ever car without a single light bulb – LED technology is everywhere. Also it is the world’s first car to be able to detect bumps on the road ahead. If ROAD SURFACE SCAN detects such unevenness by means of the stereo camera, MAGIC BODY CONTROL instantaneously sets up the suspension to deal with the new situation.

It is an impressive vehicle with a long list of new and improved features and goodies.

From launch the new S-Class line-up features two hybrid versions, a petrol model and a diesel variant: S 400 HYBRID (3.5-litre V6 with 306 hp and a 20kW electric motor), S 500 (4.7-litre V8 with 455 hp), S 350 BlueTEC (3.0-litre V6 with 258 hp) and S 300 BlueTEC HYBRID (2.1-litre four-cylinder with 204 hp and a 20kW electric motor).

Top of the range S500 does 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds while the top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.

All models have up to 20 percent lower fuel consumption than the outgoing model series.

Prices start at £79,789.50 for the short wheelbase S 350 BlueTEC and from £107,635.00 for the long wheelbase S 500.

For full details see the press release below.

PRESS RELEASE (click to expand)


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