The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the flagship model of the Mercedes-Benz range - and the best-selling luxury saloon in the world in 2016. The new S-Class is simply stunning. It has a slightly remodelled radiator grille, a redesigned lower bumper section, and LED headlamps with prominent 'light torches' that adjust to traffic conditions.
High-quality open-pore woods and leather-trimmed doors and upper body edges define the interior. Under a shared glass cover that forms a widescreen cockpit are two high resolution 12.3-inch screen displays. Touch-sensitive buttons on the steering wheel give the driver control of functions. An infotainment system is operated via a centre console touchpad and by voice control that responds to more than 450 commands.
As expected from a model of such calibre, the new S-Class comes with industry leading levels of standard and optional equipment.
Powering the new S-Class is a new range of highly efficient engines, all fitted with a 'keyless' start function - marked by the introduction of a new, attractive generation of keys. New 6-cylinder in-line S350d 4MATIC and S400d 4MATIC diesels, said to consume 7% less fuel despite delivering added power, are the most powerful in Mercedes-Benz history. Four petrol versions are available- an S560, S560e (plug-in hybrid), AMG S63 and AMG S65.
Now, in its latest form, the S-Class has many new elements that distinguish it from its predecessor, including an eye-watering array of technical features that Mercedes-Benz says will 'better protect the safety of passengers and enhance the driving experience'. Active Distance Control and Active Steering Assist help the driver to maintain a safe distance and steer while speed is adjusted automatically ahead of bends, junctions or roundabouts. Active Distance Assist uses substantially more map, route information and navigation data to support the driver and adjust vehicle speed, appropriately.