Mercedes-Benz has revealed its new S-Class, with a plug-in hybrid with a range of over 60 miles set to join the range next year.
The core line-up of two petrol and two diesel models arrives late this year, with the rear-wheel drive S350d’s 163g/km being the entry point in the range. All four models come with 4MAtic all-wheel drive, and a 9G-Tronic automatic gearbox.
The new version of the world’s best-selling luxury saloon is 54mm longer in short-wheelbase form and 34mm longer in LWB, while rear legroom is up 41mm and 24mm respectively, and it has a 20-litre larger boot than the previous S-Class.
New technology for Mercedes’ saloon flagship includes more than 50 components that can be updated over-the-air, while optional rear-axle steering cuts the turning circle by up to two metres, aiding the luxury model’s manoeuvrability. The new model also features 10 massage programmes on the seating, and Mercedes said that the computing power of the MBUX system has been increased by 50% with the second generation of the system, which debuts on the new model.
Safety kit includes a new intelligent compliance with speed limit system, while there is also an optional rear airbag for the long-wheelbase model, to protect important rear passengers.
There is also a new Digital Light system, which warns drivers of hazards, including projecting an excavator onto the road to signify roadworks, aiming a spotlight at pedestrians to help highlight their presence and projecting a warning onto the road surface when stop signs, traffic lights or no entry signs are detected.
Mercedes has also stated that from the second half of 2021 the S-Class will be able to drive in “conditionally automated” in slow-moving traffic in Germany using the optional Drive Pilot system, allowing the driver to “undertake secondary activities such as browsing the internet or dealing with emails in the In-Car Office”.