The new S-Class sets benchmarks for infotainment and multimedia as well
The brand new S Class is here. It looks beautiful, and has a powerful 4.6 Litre V8 engine that can do a 0-100 in 4.8 seconds, peaking at 250 kmph. This is one car that is truly loaded when it comes to hi-tech.
The key to the car is virtual on your iPhone, and you can unlock the door, locate your car, flash its lights and even monitor it just in case you had a valet park it. Get in and you are wrapped in luxury fit for a king; its seven-colour ambient lighting with a choice of 5 dimming options offers top-notch comfort. It has two 12.3- inch high-resolution multifunction screens—one for key driving functions, and the other for entertainment, navigation and convenience options. Animated menus visually match how your hand operates them, and a voice-control system even lets you talk to the car.
The car comes with a high performance Burmester 3D surround sound system with 24 speakers that has an output of 1,540 watts of hi-fidelity sound.
Not only the seats, but the armrests, steering wheel and even the doors can be heated. The 14 air chambers in each seat deflate and inflate via fast-responding solenoid valves, developing a wave like massage affect. You can change the massage function for full back, lower back or just a shoulder massage, and also set the duration of each.
A new collision prevention system employs radar-based technology to alert you if you are approaching a vehicle at a speed and distance that suggest a collision, and engages its adaptive brake assist. For added safety, there is a 360° surround view system that uses cameras to compose a single live overhead image of your immediate surroundings, displayed on the in-dash screen during lowspeed manoeuvres.