Diesel and Motor Engineering (DIMO), the authorised distributor for Mercedes-Benz in Sri Lanka introduced the flagship model of the Mercedes-Benz family-the all new S-Class (W222). This is acclaimed as the most intelligent production passenger vehicle built thus far, and is set to be the benchmark for all other luxury models that will follow.
Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman (Board of Management) – Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars said, “Rather than being about safety or aesthetics, power or efficiency, comfort or dynamism, our aspirations were ‘the best or nothing’ in every respect. No other car stands for the Mercedes-Benz brand promise more than the S-Class.”
People all over the world can recognise a Mercedes-Benz straight away. The classic Mercedes face runs like a golden thread through the brand’s history. “The sophisticated design of the S-Class has always been an expression of luxury and automotive grandeur of its era. And our new S-Class continues this tradition. With its classic architecture and flowing silhouette, it is a modern embodiment of sensual clarity,” says design Chief Gorden Wagener.
Mercedes-Benz is now making a complete switch to LED technology; the new S-Class is the first vehicle in the world whose interior and exterior does not include a single light bulb. The lighting’s multi-level functionality is another world’s first: out of consideration for any road users behind, the intensity of the brake lights is reduced at night or while waiting at traffic lights, for example.
Visibility is enhanced by two assistance systems that have undergone some key improvements-Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus and Night View Assist Plus. Thanks to a new stereo camera and multi-stage radar sensors, the S-Class has 360-degree all-round vision and detects potential dangers on the road better.
The new S-Class is the world’s first car to be able to detect bumps on the road ahead. If ROAD SURFACE SCAN detects such unevenness by means of the stereo camera, MAGIC BODY CONTROL instantaneously sets up the suspension to deal with the new situation. This innovative suspension system is available as an option for the eight-cylinder models.
Passengers in the rear are also seated in first-class-the design and exclusivity of the seats, door panels and all controls are to the same, high standard as the front. As an additional individualisation feature, the “First Class Rear” incorporates a Business center console combining personal comfort with practical convenience (integration of a telephone handset, additional stowage compartments and folding table).
As alternatives to the standard sound system with ten loudspeakers, two very high-quality audio systems are available which were developed together with the high-end audio specialist Burmester: the Burmester® Surround Sound system and the Burmester® High-End 3D‑Surround Sound system. The new S-Class is the only vehicle with an advanced Burmester® system.
The S400 Hybrid requires Daimler Certified Hybrid Technicians to look after the vehicle.