Long considered the benchmark for its segment, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is once again looking to take its game up a notch by showcasing a number of technological evolutions under a dress that refrains from evolving too much to encapsulate its classic opulence.
The innovation is centered around the second generation of the MBUX infotainment system, spread across a number of screens, including a central 12.8″ OLED touch screen. It rakes in an excessively wide array of information, with telematics capabilities that allow real-time communication with your home, for example, and can even interpret passengers’ movements, their complaints and activate various functions. This is how science fiction is not so far from reality. Everything can also be controlled by the “Hey Mercedes” voice assistance.
The head-up display also makes use of augmented reality by giving real-time indications on the windscreen depending on the road. This can include lines that appear to indicate that the driver is approaching the lateral limit of the road or arrows that follow the actual track to reach a destination.
Active driver assistance is also enhanced, with a real-time projection of the operation of the various sensors and cameras that guide the vehicle. Mercedes-Benz says that the vehicle’s handling is better and the system is more efficient on secondary roads.
The chassis has obviously been reworked with an emphasis on safety. The active suspension can adapt in a fraction of a second when it detects a collision and thus distribute the shock wave to the most solid parts of the vehicle.
A 3.0-liter inline-six and a 4.0-liter V8, both turbocharged, will be offered in Canada in addition to a plug-in hybrid version with a range of 100 km. We will know more about the technical details when the S-Class is launched in Canada next spring.