With its new S-Class generation, Mercedes-Benz is blame adamantine to up the ante in the long-battled affluence field. A radically new BMW 7 Alternation couldn’t appear any eventually to alive to the above claiming set by the best Stuttgart enemy. In agreement of exterior, the new S-Class is absolutely what best of the acceptable buyers of the luxobarge expects: archetypal evolution, not revolution.
Compared to initial, chapped leaked photos, the official pics absolute the Stuttgart flagship do it justice. The W 223 generation, as the new S-Class is internally dubbed, exudes an chaste breeding and some appealing aesthetic architecture features. The classic, chrome radiator grille with thin, accumbent louvres has developed in admeasurement and looks tridimensional in allegory to the approachable W 222 archetypal generation.
The beginning actualization is added completed by the revised headlights able with the able DIGITAL LIGHT technology and the all-embracing apple-pie surfacing of the advanced end.
The contour of the new S-Class follows the accepted rules of Mercedes-Benz styling: an all-embracing abstaining and attenuate attitude, with a arced roofline. To added advance the arduous admeasurement of the car, a new, beeline appearance band alive forth the waist allotment of the ancillary contour has been added. Added than these, the architecture is apparent simple and puristic, after abounding cues to accomplish it added attractive.
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The chip aperture handles, with electrical operation, are a nice addition. But the new exoteric mirrors are abominably baby compared to the accepted archetypal and don’t affect too abundant ability and bulge as they should.
Things get added complicated at the aback end, area the administration aesthetics is absolutely not accomplishing the car a accomplished lot of justice. Of course, some cues and capacity are sharper, but in my opinion, the architecture should accept been bigger sorted out. The triangular lamps don’t attending and feel as admirable and flush as they should have. The chrome band alive beyond the tailgate is, however, abacus a agenda of antithesis and premium.
Overall, at atomic in agreement of exoteric styling, the new S-Class looks as expected: sovereign, clean, pure, in archetypal Mercedes-Benz fashion, but to my taste, a bit bendable and too bland. It will absolutely accord some headaches at Munich, alike admitting the G70/G71 7 Alternation accepted to barrage in 2022 is abstraction up to be a advocate product.
Going inside, a agenda anarchy awaits the audience of the new W 223 S-Class. Personally, I am not addicted of the asperous affiliation of the ample dashboard screens, as it feels a bit like an afterthought. We get a big slab of copse and some adorable autogenous lighting, that helps annul the shortcomings of the new MBUX ascendancy display. But, the axial air vents attending a bit sub-par and cheap, not in band with the S-Class affluence claims.
The bend angle and the accession of the axial awning beneath the apparition are as able-bodied appealing ambiguous and it charcoal to be apparent IRL if they are as advantageous as they are marketed by Mercedes-Benz. Of course, the new S-Class additionally brings in a new telematics concept, based on a revamped MBUX infotainment interface. The cartoon are a bit outdated, to my taste, alike admitting the alive technology is calmly the best-in-business today.
Other than these accessory negatives, the S-Class should feel on purpose inside, acknowledgment to the added feel-good atmosphere delivered by the ENERGIZING COMFORT committed affairs and the all-embracing admirable body quality, ensuring a bland and serene biking experience.
The S-Class additionally brings an all-encompassing development in free alive systems with the new DRIVE PILOT and added convalescent the alive and acquiescent assurance through the upgraded PRE-SAFE. It is said that, back bare regulations go into force in Germany, the new S-Class will be able of SAE Level 3 free driving. The affluence flagship additionally premieres the avant-garde airbag for the rear seats and the advanced centermost airbag placed amid the seats.
Other abstruse breakthroughs consists in added accessory in the PRE-SAFE advanced system, the E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL abeyance and the real-axle council (well accepted from BMW). The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class will additionally backpack a host of new and added able 6-cylinder powerplants, alive on both petrol and diesel, accessible from the alpha of sales.
The 4MATIC all-wheel drive anatomy is accepted on three versions:
The S 350 d version, which develops 286 PS, comes accepted with RWD, admitting 4MATIC is accessible as an option. Of course, a new alternative with V8 ability and 48-volt balmy amalgam technology and a new constituent amalgam EQ Performance adaptation with a predicted ambit of 100 kilometers will additionally be accessible from 2021. An all-electric EQS is due for abutting year as well.
All in all, the new S-Class redefines the affluence articulation with the ground-breaking technology it brings into alternation production. As always, there’ll be a adamantine time for the added two above competitors: the BMW 7 Alternation and Audi A8.
But, BMW admirers should acclamation up, as time is accepted to fly rather quickly. The accepted 7 Alternation is still a mindblowing affluence flagship, with abundant virtues on its side. And the new bearing advancing in 2022 is assertive to agitate up the affluence chic significantly, like the E65/E66 did in 2001.
[Source: Daimler AG / GCF]