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New S-Class coupe, cabriolet range: S63, S65 for SA

2017-09-06 09:54

Cape Town - Mercedes-Benz has announced that the S-Class coupé and cabriolet will benefit from the same features the sedan has been given.

The highlights include driving assistance systems, the modern control and display concept with Widescreen Cockpit and new generation of steering wheels, integrated comfort control and the latest infotainment generation. Exclusive to both of the two-door models and part of the standard equipment specification are OLED tail lamps. 

The AMG models (S63 and S65) produce 450kW/900Nm and 463kW/1000Nm respectively. 

The further-developed design exudes even greater sportiness while showing off the high technical expertise. S-Class Coupé and Cabriolet feature front aprons with chrome-plated front splitter and voluminous air inlets. The dynamic looks are enhanced by restyled side skirts and chrome-plated twin tailpipe trims with a V12 look.

The AMG Line is also made more dynamic with new front and rear aprons. At the front end are the large three-dimensional air inlets, which each include two chrome-plated fins.

Luxury lounge with Widescreen Cockpit and new generation of steering wheels

A fresh interior look is guaranteed by three new trim lines (high-gloss brown burr walnut wood, satin-finish grey ash wood and flowing lines designo magnolia wood) as well as three new upholstery lines (designo Exclusive nappa leather AMG Line Plus porcelain/tizian red, designo Exclusive nappa leather porcelain/tizian red and designo Exclusive nappa leather AMG Line Plus Bengal red/black).

The interior of the new S-Class models is characterised by the two new high-resolution and brilliant displays, each with a screen diagonal of 31cm. Visually, the two displays under one shared glass cover blend into a Widescreen Cockpit and as a central element consequently emphasise the horizontal orientation of the interior design.

Like the instrument cluster, this Widescreen Cockpit contains a large display with virtual instruments in the direct field of vision of the driver, as well as a central display above the centre console. The all-digital cockpit offers the three visually very different styles "Classic", "Sporty" and "Progressive". Depending on personal preference or matching the selected interior, the styles can be quickly changed from the instrument cluster and the central display. Alongside certain menu contents, such as trip data or consumption figures, the driver can now additionally view the navigation data or the 'eco' display in the instrument cluster. This helps the driver to make their driving style more efficient.

Both models have 'touch control' buttons on the steering wheel. They respond to swiping motions like the screen of a smartphone. They enable the driver to control the functions of the instrument cluster and of the entire infotainment system without having to take their hands off the steering wheel. The operation of 'distronic' and cruise control with controls directly on the steering wheel is another new feature.


'Energizing' comfort control (optional extra) links various comfort systems in the vehicle together. It systematically uses the functions of the climate control system (including fragrancing) and the seats (heater, ventilation, massage), the panel heating as well as lighting and musical atmospheres, and enables a specific wellness set-up tailored to the mood and need of the customer.

New infotainment systems and wireless charging of smartphones

All S-Class models are equipped with the latest-generation infotainment system COMAND Online, starting a new era in digitisation and connectivity. Near Field Communication transforms the smartphone into a digital vehicle key.

With the Smartphone Integration package, Apple's smartphone-based infotainment system CarPlay and Google's Android Auto can be used. If a corresponding smartphone is connected by USB, the customer can, if desired, switch to the CarPlay or Android Auto interface.

Mobile phones can be charged as standard, wirelessly and without a telephone holder. Wireless charging works with all mobile devices (up to a screen diagonal of 15.2 cm) that support or can be retrofitted to support the Qi standard. The charging pad is integrated into the stowage compartment at the front of the centre console. In addition, Multifunction Telephony (optional feature) allows suitably designed mobile phones to be connected with the vehicle's exterior aerial.

New driving assistance systems with extended functions

The S-Class Coupé and Cabriolet are taking a further large step towards autonomous driving and are moving to the next level with new or functionally considerably extended Intelligent Drive driving assistance systems. Active Distance Control 'distronic' and Active Steering Assist now provide even more comfortable support for the driver to keep a safe distance and steer. The speed is now adjusted automatically ahead of bends, junctions or roundabouts, for example (country-specific variations may occur in terms of the individual functions). 

In 2014 in the S-Class Coupé, the optional 'magic body control' suspension with curve tilting function was a world first in a standard-production car. The body tilts to the inside of the turn by up to 2.65 degrees and thereby reduces the transverse forces perceived by the passengers. This innovative system recognises bends with the help of a stereo camera behind the windscreen, and a lateral acceleration sensor of the road surface scan suspension. In the Coupé, this suspension control is further improved: the system's new stereo camera works at speeds up to 180km/h.

The Cabriolet is fitted as standard with the full-support 'airmatic' semi-active air suspension featuring infinitely variable damping control.

New V8 biturbo with cylinder shutoff, V6 with gliding function

The new V8 biturbo in the S 560 Coupé and S 560 Cabriolet features cylinder deactivation four cylinders of the new V8 are deactivated simultaneously under partial load with the help of the CAMTRONIC valve-lift adjustment system (Coupé only). This reduces the pumping losses while improving the overall efficiency of the remaining four cylinders by shifting the operating point towards higher loads. The turbochargers positioned in the V of the cylinder banks represent another special feature. The new V8 has an output of 345kW with a peak torque of 700Nm.

The Coupé with V6 petrol engine and a rated output of 270kW is now called the S 450. A new gliding function contributes to efficiency under real driving conditions. When the driving situation and charge level of the battery allow, the combustion engine is decoupled from the powertrain and runs at idle. The 9G-Tronic automatic transmission is another new feature of the S 450.

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