SPIED: Mercedes-Benz S-Class
EXECUTIVE DECSION: Mecedes's executive favourite the S-class is due an upgrade in June of 2013.
PARIS, France - The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class will make its debut in June 2013. It is expected to be launched in four sizes of sedan with the regular and long wheelbase being joined by two longer versions due to demand from China.
The 6.5m model will be able to seat two extra people but will not be an MPV. It will have two rear-facing seats which will fold away when not in use. There will also be a slightly smaller version which will have lots of rear legroom and compete with the Rolls-Royce Ghost.
The S-class will have the automaker's Magic Ride Control which involves front-facing cameras analysing approaching road conditions and changing the damping rates accordingly. This means that rather than the driver adjusting suspension the process will be automated.
The headlights will dim automatically when traffic is detected ahead and there is even a system which will spotlight animals and pedestrians an night.
The intensity of the tail lights can be varied to cut power use - and thereby CO2 emissons by as much as 2.1g/km.
Its cameras will react when there are obstacles ahead, by warning the driver, flashing the headlights and even braking automatically. This should help to prevent accidents when the driver is distracted.
The vehicle's radar allows the model to change lanes and overtake on its own. It will additionally be able to straighten the car in a lane and even notice if a tailing vehicle is making an attempt to undertake.
There will be a selection of engine choices, including three hybrids with either 30kW, 45kW or 81kw electric motors coupled to the normal engine.
The AMG version will be powered by a 500kW V12 bi-turbo. The S65 AMG will have lighter carbon-fibre items such as doors, boot to give more speed. The V6 will come for a short period but in 2017 Mercedes will cease production and provide a more frugal replacement.
The 2013 S-class will be available from June 2013