The assignment: Perfection
Stuttgart - The best automobile in the world ? every new generation
the Mercedes-Benz S-Class has earned this accolade anew for itself.
The logical goal in the book of specifications for the coming model
therefore: perfection to the last detail. The result is "The
Luxury". This pursuit of the best or nothing is particularly
the interior: whether it is the seats or the air conditioning, the
the design, the infotainment or the comfort and safety in the rear ?
ideas and their painstaking realisation underpin the high standards
the engineers have set for the Mercedes-Benz flagship model ? and for
For the first time in the history of the S-Class, the development
focus was on
the long-wheelbase sedan. Unlike before, the standard-wheelbase
derived from this. This is because the S-Class is not only firmly
positioned as a
prestige sedan in the large overseas markets such as the USA, China or
Whereas in Europe and North America the owner of an S-Class is
behind the wheel themself, the flagship model in the Mercedes-Benz
car portfolio is very definitely a chauffeur-driven vehicle in Asia.
consequence is the number of new features specifically related to
safety in the rear ? in the S-Class, there is no doubt that passengers
in the rear
are also seated in first class.
Not that the driver lacks for anything: the very latest Mercedes-Benz
findings have been incorporated into his immediate surroundings.
clearly confirm that certain comfort characteristics have a direct
over driver fitness and well being during and after a journey. Comfort
conducive to safety.
The new S-Class features highly sophisticated, automatic climate
functions. The seats likewise lay claim to being the benchmark in
engineering. In both cases this is accompanied by maximum operating
convenience, ensured by numerous actuators and electric motors ? there
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over 100 of these in the interior alone.
Interior design: visual breadth and calm solidity
With its clear-cut architecture, the interior design of the new
S-Class is the
embodiment of a classic, serene and yet ultra-modern sedan. The
derives its expressiveness from a distinctively flowing, sensual and
style. Horizontal features and lines create an ambience characterised
breadth and calm solidity. Where high quality and elegance go hand in
with clarity and functionality. The interior concept of the S-Class
driving, spatial and operating comfort at the highest level.
The perfectly coordinated use of materials and colours produces an
interior seemingly cast from a single mould. There is generous use of
trim, especially in the dashboard and centre console. Metallised
surfaces with pearl-effect paint finishes in three colour shades to
interior colour particularly highlight the outstanding quality.
Passengers in the rear are also seated in first-class ? the design and
of the seats, door panels and all controls are to the same, high
standard as the
front. As an additional individualization feature, the "First
incorporates a Business center console combining personal comfort
practical convenience (integration of a telephone handset, additional
compartments, folding table, etc.).
New control and display concept: elegant new command centre
The radically redesigned display extends in front of the driver as a
of the horizontal alignment. It replaces the traditional instrument
combines numerous other functions in a visually and ergonomically
sophisticated manner. The entire display appears to be free-floating,
impression reinforced by "corona effect" ambience
Two high-resolution colour displays in 8:3 format with a screen
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of 30.7 cm (12.3 inches) form the new information centre in the
left-hand display performs the functions of the previous instrument
providing the driver with all relevant information. The right-hand
allows the convenient control of infotainment and comfort functions.
Ergonomics, operating convenience and safety were the main
for the newly designed control and display concept.
For the S-Class, the constantly increasing need to integrate
into the vehicle led to a further development of the entire operating
aim in designing the control and display features was to group
display functions together in a coherent manner in terms of both
functionality. Apart from the new displays, the metallised switch
solid aluminium controls are visual highlights of particularly high
Seats: mobile office and centre of wellbeing
With numerous world firsts such as the ENERGIZING massage function on
the hot-stone principle or active seat ventilation with reversing
Mercedes-Benz has raised the seating and climatic comfort in the
to a new level. There is a choice of five different rear seat variants
an Executive seat with a backrest angle adjustable by up to 43.5
allowing occupants in the rear to concentrate on work or relax in
A large number of innovations enhance seating and climatic comfort.
ENERGIZING massage function on the hot-stone principle is a world
Working together with physiotherapists and psychologists, the seat
specialists at Mercedes-Benz have developed a unique massage function
14 separately actuated air cushions in the backrest, as well as an
warming function. There is a choice of six massage programmes, two of
using the warming function.
For the first time, so-called reversing fans are used in the active
ventilation system. Here the rotational direction of the fan, and
the airflow within the seat structure, can be reversed. When the
function first begins, cooler surrounding air is drawn onto the seat
After four minutes the fans are automatically switched to blower mode
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reduce draughts and therefore ensure sustained comfort.
Another world first as part of the Warmth Comfort package is the
armrests and door centre panels in the front and rear (door and
armrests). The package also includes a heated steering wheel and
fast-responding seat heating Plus. Each occupant is able to find the
level of climatic seating comfort. The heating output can be adjusted
the central display or the remote control in the rear.
Luxury or reclining seat in the rear: new backrest concept
Two rear seat variants (static bench seat or individual seats with
adjustment) are available for the standard-wheelbase S-Class, and no
five for the long-wheelbase version. Unlike the conventional trailing
design, the backrest is adjusted separately so that the legroom and
reference point remain unchanged. The cushion can be separately
angle and horizontal position.
The maximum backrest angle of the reclining seat on the front
is increased from 37 to 43.5 degrees, giving it the largest backrest
in the luxury segment. The reclining seat behind the front passenger
features a calf support which is freely adjustable for length and
combination with the heel rest on the forward-folding chauffeur seat,
allows a reclined position that sets new standards in the automobile
with respect to sleeping and resting comfort.
Three new features improve safety in the rear: in the belt buckle
electric motor automatically raises and lowers the buckle. The beltbag
inflatable seat-belt strap that is able to reduce the risk of injury
in the rear in a head-on collision by lessening the strain on the
reclining seat is fitted with a cushionbag as standard. This prevents
occupant from sliding under the belt in the event of an accident. In
Mercedes-Benz has been able to design a comfortable reclining seat
provides a higher level of accident safety than a seat with a trailing
The newly developed climate control unit of the THERMOTRONIC
climate control included as standard has a mass flow regulating
whose automatic operating principle meets individual comfort
for every occupant. New features include completely autonomous
options for the driver and front passenger sides, also for the
automatic modes with their climatic settings of "Focus",
As a world first, the new S-Class Sedan has an "active perfuming
part of the AIR-BALANCE package. 'Active' means that the perfuming
is switched on and off manually, with manual adjustment of the
perfume atomisation system individualises the smell of the vehicle
neither changes the interior smell permanently, nor are perfume
deposited on fabric surfaces or clothing.
Another feature of the AIR-BALANCE package is improved filtering of
outside air fed into the vehicle interior by the climate control
system, and of
the air recirculating in the interior in air recirculation mode. The
is now even more efficient, and is able to reduce the peak levels of
gaseous emissions while lowering their concentration below the
threshold. Ionisation is another component of the AIR-BALANCE
the air from the climate control unit being conducted into the
interior via an
ioniser. In a combined operating mode this renders certain viruses,
and spores inactive (cleaning effect). At the same time the air can be
by an increased concentration of negatively charged oxygen ions
Multimedia features: communication centre and concert hall
A completely new multimedia generation with intuitive operation and
particularly tangible functions thanks to visualisation and
celebrates its debut in the new S-Class. Other innovations include
multi-user system, which allows independent access to the media
of the entertainment system from any seat. The new S-Class is also the
sedan car to be equipped with the unique Frontbass system as standard.
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this system, the woofers are installed within the bodyshell and use
40-litre space in the cross-member and side member as a resonance
Several hundred developers worldwide contributed to the new
multimedia generation, compiling more than 30 million lines of
The centrepiece of the new COMAND Online system is the Intel Atom, a
processor whose performance fully equals that of components in the
Numerous new functions extend the multimedia options available, and
transform the S-Class into a communication centre or a concert hall
The new S-Class is the first vehicle worldwide to offer a genuine
system for entertainment functions. This means that there is
access to the media sources of the entertainment system from any of
seats ? i.e. radio, TV, internet, navigation, DVD player and
The driver control function for all the seats is another new feature.
is able to route any audio or video source to the display and headset
passenger. At the touch of a button the driver is also able to have
one of the
audio sources in use played via the onboard loudspeakers.
The innovative Frontbass system developed by Mercedes-Benz and used
the first time in a sedan car is a feature common to all the audio
woofers are housed in the firewall, and use the almost 40-litre space
cross-member and side member as a resonance chamber. As alternatives
standard sound system with ten loudspeakers, two very high-quality
systems are available which were developed together with hi-fi
Burmester: Burmester® Surround Sound system and Burmester® High-End
3D Surround Sound system.
The interactive presentation of content is a prominent new feature of
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navigation function. The new navitainment functions include an
compass, the "Driveshow" for passenger information as in an
aircraft, and the
display of Google Maps on the head unit and in the rear.
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