While 2013 was Mercedes-Benz’ ‘Year of Offensive’, this year is set to be the German manufacturer’s ‘Year of Excellence’.
Judging by that, Mercedes-Benz’ first launch of 2014 seems more than apt – the all-new S-Class is here. The S-Class is all set to take the game a step further with a host of technological and luxury features that haven’t been seen in any car before.
One of the most impressive features on the new S-Class is the incorporation of an all-LED lighting system both inside and outside the car.
So it’s not just the headlamps and tail lamps that feature LEDs but also every bit of lighting on the interiors as well. The interior illumination system comes with a choice of seven different ambient colours and a further five dimming levels to suit your every mood.
Luxury is of prime focus for the new S-Class and apart from every bit of gadgetry around to make the ride as if it’s floating on air, occupants are also pampered by a first-ever hot stone massage system built into the ultra-comfortable seats and a Burmester 3D surround sound system with 24 speakers to soothe the senses.
Considering that most owners will be treating the S-Class as a mobile office as well, the rear seats convert into an extremely ergonomic working space with folding tables, 12V power sockets, USB and AUX ports as well as a wireless hot spot as standard fitments. The S-Class’s features including massage settings can be controlled via an app on your Android smartphone.
Under all that luxury, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is powered by a 4.6-litre V8 petrol engine that puts out 460PS of power and 700Nm of torque mated to a 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission.
The S500 kicks off the new S-Class’s sales in India with a price tag of Rs 1.575 crore and the first batch of 125 cars has already been sold out even prior to the car’s launch while bookings are now open for the second allotment that should be out in April 2014.
The S-Class will eventually be produced locally as well, just like the outgoing model and Mercedes-Benz will add a diesel variant to the line-up as well. Mercedes is also offering a unique chauffeur training programme involving not just S-Class technology but also soft skills for that ultimate luxury experience.