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Six decades of innovation culminate in latest model

By Li Fusheng | China Daily | Updated: 2017-04-19 07:49
Six decades of innovation culminate in latest model

A glimpse of the interior of a Mercedes-Benz model. The luxury carmaker is committed to offering leading style, comfort and control for its customers. Photo Provided to China Daily

Ever since the first Mercedes-Benz S-Class rolled off the production line 66 years ago, the model has led innovations across the whole spectrum of automotive engineering.

Nearly every Mercedes-Benz product line since has been influenced and improved by advancements first spearheaded by the S-Class.

The S-Class has served as the brand's inspiring flagship model that is a fitting and compelling choice for the world's business leaders and trendsetters.

The bourgeoning reputation eventually brought us Mercedes-Benz' latest S-Class, the most intelligent and comfort luxury saloon ever, which embodies the qualities of contemporary leaders and satisfies their unique needs.

Having undergone constant upgrades and innovations over 10 generations, the new S-Class incorporates 5,700 new parts.

As the most comprehensively upgraded S-Class ever, it elevates the standards of automotive excellence to an entirely new level across the board, leading the industry through innovative endeavors.

Leading style: Pattern of success

The new S-Class comes with distinctive multi-beam LED headlamps, conveying a unique charm through three highly recognizable LED torches. Hubertus Troska, member of the board of management of Daimler AG, Mercedes Benz' parent company, said the lights are reminiscent of the three stripes top Chinese students used to receive.

When turned on, the headlamps are like a lighthouse at night, thanks to a best-in-segment lighting distance of around 650 meters.

They intelligently control each LED light source depending on the driving and road conditions in order to achieve fine beam distribution, increasing brightness while avoiding dazzling, to make driving even safer.

Also, its stardust taillights feature a unique reflective surface structure that emits light as beautiful as the stars overhead.

The new S-Class is also more majestic thanks to a new three-twin-louvres radiator grille design, boasting simple, modern lines to reflect the brand's "Sensual Purity" design philosophy, and a muscular new bumper design with curves that run across the grille, exuding extraordinary dynamism.

Six decades of innovation culminate in latest model

Mercedes-Benz Maybach S 680. Exclusive to China, it bears the highest nomenclature in the history of Mercedes-Benz with its auspicious numbers, and its decorative chrome trim and Maybach lettering on the front grille add an extra degree of exclusivity and prestige. Photo Provided to China Daily

Top comfort: Defining a new level

While integrating the best features of the previous generations, the new S-Class brings an unprecedented experience with its intelligent appointments.

It comes with the world's first energizing comfort control feature, which links together various comfort systems in the vehicle and offers six preset programs including freshness, warmth, vitality, joy, comfort, and training.

When a preset program is activated, air conditioning, ambient lighting, seat massage, ventilation and heating, music and fragrance can all be adjusted by the driver with a simple button press to easily create an ideal, comfortable space.

The new S-Class features best-in-segment 64-color ambient lighting, which brings different visual experiences via rich colors.

Additionally, the new three-spoke steering wheel, steering wheel touchpad, and dual 12.3 -inch high-definition displays let the driver take full control even more easily, creating a more futuristic cockpit.

The executive seats can be tilted backward up to 43.5 degrees and provide ample leg support, turning the rear into a first-class suite for full relaxation and rest. The air balance package includes a high-end air purifier able to filter out PM2.5 that brings a softer, quieter airflow experience.

Outstanding control: Intelligent Drive in strong force

A world-leading model requires a strong driving force.

The S 500 L 4MATIC's new inline six-cylinder engine, with a groundbreaking integrated electrical system, enables engine performance comparable to an eight-cylinder in terms of power performance, with significantly higher fuel efficiency.

Not to be outdone, the Mercedes-Maybach S 560 4MATIC features one of the world's most efficient V-8 engines, which can intelligently switch between four- and eight-cylinder operating modes under different driving modes and maintain excellent driving stability with a 9G-TRONIC system while improving riding comfort, acceleration, and fuel economy.

Moreover, the unique magic body control features a new function that allows the body to tilt to the inside of a turn by up to 2.65 degrees, thereby reducing centrifugal forces.

It also comes with road surface scan, which enhances monitoring in darkness and adjusts the suspension after detecting rough road surfaces ahead, maintaining a comfortable occupant experience.

Mercedes me connect delivers an expanded range of services, vehicle diagnostics, connectivity, navigation, travel consulting, mobile office and infotainment, with 12 additional services specifically for Chinese customers for a more premium and exclusive experience.

Mercedes-Maybach S 680: China commitment

Stronger proof of Mercedes-Benz' commitment to the Chinese market comes with the unveiling of the luxurious Mercedes-Maybach S 680.

This model is exclusive to China, bears the highest nomenclature in the history of Mercedes-Benz with its auspicious numbers, and its decorative chrome trim and Maybach lettering on the front grille add an extra degree of exclusivity and prestige.

While the S 680 is considered the most esteemed model variant of the S-Class, the entire S-Class model family is an elite class of vehicles long considered the pinnacle of automotive engineering.

As China's auto market continues to mature, products like the new S-Class are expected to increasingly stand out through their dedication to quality and attention to detail.

By pushing the limits of automotive excellence through leading innovations and inspiring refinements, each generation of the S-Class has managed to set new benchmarks in its segment. As the latest iteration of a renowned design legacy, the new S-Class is an improvement in every perceivable aspect and is a profound choice for discerning customers who want quality without compromise.

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