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SPIED: Mercedes S-Class

2013-04-24 09:38

IT'S A KIND OF MAGIC: The next Mercedes S-Class uses "magic ride control" with forward-facing cameras that scan the road and tell the car what to do. Image: Automedia

The new Mercedes S-Class is set to be released in June 2013 and the latest spy-shots show a lot more of what you can expect.

They show a grille that appears to have been inspired by the F700 concept of 2008. Four sizes are expected; regular and long-wheelbase and two even longer versions for markets such as China.

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The longest will have two extra two seats which can be folded away when not in use. There will also be a slightly smaller version with rear legroom to compete with the Rolls-Royce Ghost.

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All the cars will have Mercedes' “magic ride control” which uses the cameras to analyse road conditions and adjust the wheel-damping accordingly. The cameras will also dim the headlights automatically when traffic is seen ahead and warn the driver - even  braking for him - if an obstacle is detected, human, animal or mineral.

There will be a selection of engines, among them three petrol/electric hybrids with supplementary 30, 45 or 81kW electric motors creating cleaner and more-efficient vehicles.

But all is not lost: drivers unwilling to compromise can go for the AMG version with its 507kW V12 bi-turbo engine.

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