The release of a new upcoming Mercedes-Benz S-Class model series is less than twelve monhts way. A total of seven variants will be made available throughout its life span.

First up there is a standard-wheelbase sedan (codenamed W222, 200.79 inches long) followed by a long-wheelbase sedan (V222, 7.08-inch stretch) and an extra-long-wheelbase sedan (X222, 13.78-inch stretch). The six-door Pullmann (25.59-inch stretch), the full-size CL-class replacement (C217, rumored to return to SLC moniker), the full-size CL convertible (A217), and a full-size four-door coupe (V217) are all new to the lineup of the top model.

The models will be based on a new modular rear-wheel drive architecture carrying relatively humble four-cylinder mild hybrid S-Class to a quartet of ultra-luxurious Bentley and Rolls-Royce rivals. The platform get a reengineered four-link front suspension, which separates the steering and braking forces from the spring and damper action. The Germans focus on a relatively low carbon fiber profile, concentrating on steel, aluminum, and magnesium. The one notable exception is the new S63 AMG, which has a roof, trunk, hood, and doors made of carbon fiber.

The interior of the new S-Class features a brand new dashboard, which has been completely redesigned. It has two large-format monitors, programmable instruments, extended voice and gesture control, head-up display, and knee and belt-integrated airbags.

Other features include driver aids like dynamic LED headlights, Magic Carpet Ride chassis featuring a camera-based damper adjustment system, more intelligent brake assist with cross traffic recognition, and a new active cruise control that can even execute lane changes and passing maneuvers.

On the subject of engines the Germans from Stuttgart will start their offering with 2.1, 3.0, and 3.5 liter V6 units. The initial engine line-up should span from the 224hp diesel installed in the S250 CDI to a V12 fitted to the S600 and the S65 AMG. The S-Class offering will switch to more efficient straight sixes at the model-year changeover for 2017. On the hybrid front, customers will be able to choose from three options: S-Class with a 41hp electric motor or one of two plug-in models with motors rated at either 68hp or 109hp.

[Via AutoMobileMag]



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