New official pictures of the new Mercedes S-class have been revealed, this time released by the manufacturer itself prior to the car's reveal later today.
The new images show the S-class being delivered to its German launch venue by plane.
Mercedes had revealed a series of photographs of the interiors of the S-class earlier which have been designed with an emphasis on rear-seat passenger comfort and what Mercedes bosses call the “essence of luxury”.
This new luxury barge will compete with the likes of Bentley Continental Spur, the Audi A8, BMW 7-seriesand the Jaguar XJ.
Goetz Renner, Mercedes’ head of customer research, says the S-class has been conceived around the vision of “energising comfort”. Mercedes researchers say they are reacting to the global “mega-trend” for “health and fitness and the need for work/life balance” where people “need to relax to preserve their resources”. The upshot is innovations such as an on-board scent diffuser and ‘energising’ massage seats, as our detailed look explains.
DASHBOARDThe instrument binnacle is made up of two 12.3-inch TFT screens. The left display shows — in digital form — conventional speedo and rev counter dials, and on the right is the control screen/multimedia/sat-nav display. Ambient lighting makes the instruments appear free-standing.
STEERING WHEELThe unusual two-spoke wheel design will be unique to the S-class, says Mercedes. As in most luxury cars, the wheel can be heated, but the S-class will also have the option of heated armrests.
This interior design theme was developed by Mercedes’ design studio in Como, northern Italy. It was based around the theory of an ‘appreciation model’ where, instead of upgrading a functional interior to become more luxurious, manufacturing restraints were removed and designers tried to transform creative ideas into reality.
The range-topping sound system has been designed with top-end hi-fi manufacturer Burmester. It has 24 speakers and 1540 watts of power and uses a new design of bass bin. The 3D setting is said to provide an extraordinary sound stage.
Mercedes engineers have gone to extreme lengths to reduce the amount of noise that filters into the S-class cabin. To that end, torsional stiffness has been increased by 14 percent, lateral bending by 11 percent and vertical bending by 17 percent.
To help damp out noise, vibration and harshness from the drivetrain, the car’s front chassis legs are made of extruded aluminium and cast aluminium is used as mounting points for the front structure on to the bulkhead and for the strut mounts.
A mix of sound-deadening materials, insulation and damping materials have been attached to the car’s body structure. Damping foil is used on the floorpan and liners made of absorbing materials are used in the rear wheel arches to reduce noise. The sealing systems around the windows and door handles have been upgraded and the A-pillars and door mirrors redesigned to cut wind noise.