Four years after the market launch of the W 221 model series, Mercedes Benz is presenting the 2009 Mercedes Benz S-Class. Trailblazing innovations in the areas of comfort and drive engineering combined with state-of-the-art technology for enhanced safety ensure the Mercedes Benz flagship's position as the brand's innovator and underscore its pioneering role in the automotive industry as a whole.
Efficient Diesel and Petrol Engines
The range of engines for the 2009 Mercedes Benz S-Class comprises six powerful units: one diesel variant and five petrol engines with six, eight and twelve cylinders. Detailed fine-tuning of these engines has been supplemented with additional fuel economy measures as part of the BlueEFFICIENCY package. These include aerodynamic optimisation, demand-controlled fuel pumps and the fuel-efficient gearshift programme for the standard 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission.
New Driver Assistance Systems
A world-first combination of state-of-the-art assistance and protection systems is available for the 2009 Mercedes Benz S-Class. The new assistance systems turns the Mercedes Benz S-Class into an 'intelligent' partner to the driver. The car is able to 'see', 'feel', to respond 'instinctively' to detected dangers and to act 'on its own initiative' in order to avoid accidents or to reduce the severity of accidents.
The Mercedes Benz S-Class utilises in-built cameras which scan the road far ahead of the vehicle, monitor the surrounding area and interpret typical critical situations. Such cameras are employed as standard on the Adaptive Highbeam Assist system, for example. This system detects vehicles with their lights on which are travelling towards or ahead of the Mercedes Benz S-Class and controls the headlamps such as to ensure the largest possible range without dazzling other drivers.
The Sindelfingen-based engineers have also enhanced Night View Assist, which is now equipped with a special pedestrian detection function: as soon as the system detects pedestrians ahead of the car, they are highlighted on the display to make them more readily noticeable.
Design: A Muscular, Self-Assured Presence
The modified design reflects the effortless superiority and power of the Mercedes Benz S-Class Saloon. It is characterised by the more pronounced arrow-shape of the radiator grille, plus a new front bumper with a discreet light-catching contour and a chrome strip below the cooling air intakes. In future the exhaust tailpipes of all Mercedes Benz S-Class variants will be visibly integrated into the rear bumper. The headlamps have bi-xenon technology as standard.
State-Of-The-Art Multimedia Technology
In line with its self-assured character and its claim to be a technological trendsetter, the 2009 Mercedes Benz S-Class also sets standards where onboard infotainment is concerned. As a world first, the Mercedes Benz S-Class can be equipped with the new SPLITVIEW technology for the COMAND control and display system centrally located in the centre console. This innovative display concept allows the driver and front passenger to view different content simultaneously on one and the same screen. While the driver uses the map-based navigation system, for example, the front passenger can be watching the latest film on DVD.
The 2009 Mercedes Benz S-Class will be on sale in the UK in Autumn 2009. UK specification and pricing is still to be confirmed.Published 9 April 2009