Facelift for the S-class

Stuttgart, 12 April 2017

The best or nothing: The confident of the Daimler Group's slogan. However, this also means to remain constantly on the ball of the competition not to be suspended. In the upper-class, where technologically trumps the 7-series BMW, and soon the new Audi A8. ERGO, Mercedes equips its S-class. Now, there's more information about the facelift, which debuts at the car fair in Shanghai (19 to 28 APIL 2017) and starts in Europe in July.

Upheavals in the engine range

Visually Mercedes works only with the fine brush: to a new picture of the day driving light, the redesigned S-class will be externally visible. Also slight modifications to the bumper are likely. Much more important are the changes under the sheet. New engines are planned: straight six-cylinder as diesel and petrol engines, as well as a new V8 Biturbo gasoline engine. The latter could be an offshoot of the aggregates in the AMG 63 models. In addition, Mercedes plans a plug-in hybrid with 50 kilometres of electric range. The drive offensive is rounded off by an integrated starter-generator based on 48 volt and an electric auxiliary compressor.

Improved helpers

Also in the direction of autonomous driving has taken a step Mercedes S class front, finally, one wants to avoid that migrate innovation-loving customers to the E-class. Improved camera and radar systems, the traffic environment shall be observed even better, also maps and navigation data are included, such as for the Adaptive Abstandstempomat. The active lane change Assistant simply tapping the turn indicator for the discharge of the track change. An additional Assistant decelerates the vehicle in case of emergency to standstill, when so-called "storage result driving" stops are now possible up to 30 seconds. All functions can be operated on a new steering wheel, also appears on the improved instrument, what assistance functions are active.

A remote control car for large

The 7-series BMW made it before, now follow the Mercedes S-class: pretty "same" is the magic word "Remote Park assist". Via Smartphone, the vehicle can be ranked by outdoor in garages or tight parking spaces. The remote control function works forward and backwards in the longitudinal and transverse parking spaces. Also, a parking of transverse parking spaces is available. For Park houses the "explore" mode is intended clearly, in which the S-class up to 15 meters straight both going forward and backwards and past draws even on obstacles. (rh)