Mercedes-Benz, a synonym for luxury, launched its luxury flagship in India in 1996. The Mercedes S-Class has always been referred to as the most luxurious vehicle in the Mercedes-Benz line-up; and not without reason. The ‘S-class’ is derieved from the German word ‘Sonderklasse’, which means special class. The new S-Class currently comes in two variants – the S500L and the S350 CDI. This new limo continues the tradition of setting the luxury, technology and safety benchmarks for this segment. The S-Class has been given a more dignified look, departing from its rather sporty appearance giving it a young and more modern silhouette all around, keeping in mind the increasing young buyers. The S-Class competes with the Audi A8 and the BMW 7 Series.
The S350 CDI variant has a 3.0 litre V6 engine that generates 258 bhp. The S500L, on the other hand, is propelled by a 5.5 litre V8 engine which can churn out a power output of 453 bhp. All variants come standard with a 7G Tronic, 7 speed automatic transmission, which is unique globally. In addition, 'Direct Select', an attractively styled steering column-mounted selector lever is provided, which can be used to operate the 7G-Tronic automatic transmission. The S-Class keeps cabin noise to a minimum, even when revved hard and driven at high speeds. The S500L can achieve a top speed of an electronically limited 250 kph. Its active body control prevents roll-over and improves handling during hard cornering.
Gracefully designed, the S-Class is gorgeous and has a sleek shape with flowing lines that give it a timeless look. The all new headlamps, alloy wheels and an opulent interior add to its luxurious looks. The electronically adjustable seats are ergonomically designed for comfortable long journeys. The Mercedes-Benz S-Class, with its awe-inspiring looks and technical innovations, offers some classy interior amenities. Some of the interior features include a flexible glass sunroof equipped with a sliding roof and a new wind deflector system for panoramic country view. LEDs provide ample ambient lighting under the wood trim in door linings and the dashboard. The 4 zone Climate Control system allows for a separate temperature environment for each quadrant of the cabin. The brilliant aerodynamics of the car produces minimal drag and thereby, results in better fuel economy. The car is equipped with a speed-sensitive power steering and the self-adjusting suspension system reduces the car's height for least air resistance. The S-Class gets the optional Night View Assist, which is a Mercedes-Benz innovation that makes a valuable contribution to perceptual safety. By means of infrared headlamps, the 'Night View Assist' ensures better detection of objects and surroundings at night than what could be achieved just by using conventional headlights. The new optional reversing camera makes parking in reverse easier and safer.
The S-Class was always the yardstick by which other cars were judged in terms of luxury and technology and this new version continues to push the outside of the envelope. Its rivals were catching up but the S-Class has now taken a massive leap forward and left its competitors in the dust. Whether it is insanely advanced gadgetry or supreme comfort that you desire, there is no car available today in its segment to beat the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.