Comfort: new seats with a massage function and air suspension as standard
Mercedes customers are able to adapt the newly developed seats in the new S-Class to suit their personal comfort requirements. Electrically adjustable, 16-way front seats with lumbar supports are standard equipment. There is also an optional choice of luxury seats with heating and ventilation, multicontour seats (front and rear) and dynamic multicontour seats (front) whose squab and backrest contours adapt to the relevant driving situation to provide the best possible lateral support at all times.
The dynamic multicontour seat is also equipped with separate air chambers in the backrest which are successively inflated and deflated at the touch of a button, massaging the back muscles for the well-being of its occupant. The intensity and speed of the massage function can be adjusted in four stages by means of the COMAND system.
The suspension with its standard, improved AIRMATIC air suspension system also makes a major contribution to the excellent ride comfort in the new S-Class. At the touch of a button the driver is able to choose between a comfort-oriented or more sporty configuration. Beyond 75 mph and in Sport mode, the suspension is automatically lowered by up to 20 mm to improve the handling dynamics, aerodynamics and fuel consumption even further.
The Active Body Control suspension system (optional, standard equipment in the S 600) is a further milestone in suspension engineering which has been improved even further for the new S-Class.
The newly developed braking system ADAPTIVE BRAKE has additional functions which for example assist the driver when moving off on gradients and shorten braking distances in the wet. The parking brake is electrically assisted for the first time - the brake is applied merely by pressing a button, and is released automatically when the car moves off.
Performance: over 26 per cent more output from the new V8 engine
New S-Class will launch in the UK with four engines - three petrol and one diesel - three of which are new developments by Mercedes Benz. They generate up to 26 per cent more power and up to 15 per cent more torque. In addition to the 3.5-litre V6 engine with 272 hp (first seen in the SLK-Class), a new eight-cylinder unit developing 388 hp and a muscular 530 Nm of torque from 2800 rpm upwards will already be available. This new V8 will accelerate the S 500 from standstill to 62.5 mph in just 5.4 seconds.
Also available from launch will be the new V6 CDI engine, which has a particulate filter as standard. This direct-injection unit has an output of 231 hp and generates a maximum torque of 540 Nm from 1600 rpm. This means that the new S 320 CDI betters the preceding model by 13 per cent in output and eight per cent in torque.
The output of the 12-cylinder engine in the top-of-the-range S 600 has increased to 517 hp, while torque has increased by just under four per cent to a remarkable 830 Nm from 1900 rpm.
As standard equipment, the V6 and V8 engines for the new S-Class are combined with the unique seven-speed automatic transmission 7G-TRONIC.
Success: number one in the luxury class
The new S-Class is replacing a successful series which has captured the top end of this market segment in every region of the world. Even in its last year of production the flagship saloon by Mercedes Benz is the worldwide market leader among the world’s luxury saloons, with around 17,000 units sold world wide (as of May 2005).
Accolades achieved by the previous S-Class include awards in international competitions, with numerous titles such as ‘Best Car’, ‘Most Innovative Saloon’, ‘Highest Design Quality’ or ‘World’s Finest Car’.Published 25 June 2005