2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class unveiled
We’ve previously come up with a teaser regarding the launch of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class and it has now seen results. The official unveiling of the 2014 S-Class had taken place at the Airbus A380 delivery center in Hamburg, Germany, a few days ago.
This car has been developed and designed in such a way that it has to be one of the most technologically advanced and luxurious cars ever made. The freshened up design incorporates a larger grille, gently slanting rear end and a much sportier front fascia. The drag coefficient has therefore been calculated to 0.24, which is astoundingly low for this sort of car. Measurements-wise, the sport wheelbase comes with a length of 5,116 mm, width of 1,899 mm and height of 1,483 mm, as the wheelbase itself measures 3,035 mm. The long-wheelbase version though is, you guessed it, longer – it measures 5,246 mm in length, while the wheelbase has 3,165 mm.
The cabin comes with a plethora of bespoke materials and essences, from the highest quality materials to specifically chosen premium-level accents, including wooden trim, stitched leather and a gorgeous metallic switchgear. The interior has further been equipped with a touch-sensitive telephone keypad, two high-resolution 12.3-inch displays, one for the infotainment system and the other for the instrument cluster, and an elegant analogue clock. The stock audio system boasts a whopping 10 speakers, but there’s also a Burmester Surround Sound system as optional extra, or even a Burmester High-End 3D-Surround Sound system.
With optional extras in mind, there’s an Air Balance package which ionizes and filters the air inside the car and is even able to dispense a “discreet and mild” fragrance which won’t get stick to the fabrics and seats. If we haven’t managed to drop your lower jaw yet, then here’s another feature – the Warmth Comfort package, which includes heated armrests, improved seat heaters and a heated steering wheel.
There are five different types of seats available for the rear passenger compartment, including Energizing seats with 6 different massage functions and 14 air cushions. The First Class Rear Seat package is also an optional extra, with individual rear seats separated by a rear center console fitted with Maybach-inspired folding tray tables. This package also comes with thermo-cup holders to cool or even warm up drinks.
Enough with the cabin and more about what’s under this brand new Merc – the suspension comes with a Road Surface Scan system that uses a camera to check out the road and search for irregularities. If the camera notices any, the Magic Body Control is notified, which will in turn prepare the car to deal with the issue. This system is optional as well, but the lower, entry-level models can be equipped with an improved Airmatic suspension and adaptive damping system. Safety-wise, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class will be provided with DISCTRONIC PLUS, which incorporates Steering Assist and Stop&Go Pilot, Brake Assist PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Night View Assist Plus, ATTENTION ASSIST and Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus.
And we’re now going to point out what’s under the new S-Class’ hood. There are four different motorizations available, starting with the S300 and ending with the massively good S500. The least powerful S-Class to be available for purchase is the S300 BlueTEC Hybrid, which is equipped with a 2.1-liter 4-cylinder engine generating 204 HP (150 kW) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque. The baby S-Class does the 0-100 km/h (62 mph) spring in 7.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 238 km/h (148 mph). The S350 BlueTEC then, hides a 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine developing 258 HP (190 kW) and 620 Nm (457 lb-ft) of torque, which enables the car to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).
The more powerful series of motorizations starts with the S400 Hybrid, which thanks to the 3.5-liter V6 it hosts, reaches a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph) and accelerates from naught to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 6.8 seconds. These figures are possible thanks to the 306 HP (225 kW) output of the engine and the 370 Nm (273 lb-ft) of torque. But by far the monster of the lot is the S-Class S500, which is endowed with a 4.7-liter V8 petrol engine managing to generate a kingly 455 HP (335 kW) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque. The performance figures speak for themselves – electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph) and a sprint from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 4.8 seconds. This is great for a car that weighs a lot more than two tons.
In terms of availability, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class will reportedly be put into production later this year. As for the prices, you should be expecting 6-digit numbers.