New Mercedes-Benz S-Class models aren’t an everyday occurrence, so when they do come along they create a big stir throughout the global automotive industry.
Obviously the designers of Merc’s arch rivals Audi A8 and BMW 7 series will pay the most attention. However, lesser car makers also inspect the S-Class very closely because it signals the way in which technology is advancing, technology that will eventually work its way down into more affordable cars.
The latest Merc S-Class is elegant with a bold touch that just falls short of being overtly aggressive. The big grille is a reminder of the classic days of older Mercedes and the subtle swage lines along the sides neatly take the bulk out of what is a large car.
As befits a car in the limo class, it’s positively luxurious inside with a classic timber, leather and stitching in high grade materials that give the feeling you could be inside a top class hotel.
The display screens are huge, covering about two-thirds of the width of the dashboard; other makers seem to be apologetic about their screens, but Mercedes presumably see them as the way of the future.
The Mercedes S 500 has a 4.7-litre V8 turbo-petrol engine with 335 kW and 700 Nm.
Also on offer is the Mercedes-Benz S 350, which has a 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel with 190 kW of power and 620 Nm of torque. Power is transmitted to the rear wheels through a seven-speed automatic transmission.