Daimler will unveil the new 2014 Mercedes-Benz S Class most probably this spring in March at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. However, nothing is official but we already know that when the all-new S Class will come in six different configurations – and here is the interior!
“We will grow the S-Class family to include six models – and the debut is just a few months away.” Dr Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Mercedes told reporters at the Detroit Motor Show.
Therefore, besides the normal S-Class, for the first time, Mercedes is plotting a four-seat, drop-top version. In addition to this, the German automaker will unveil an S-Class Estate, and as expected, an ultra-luxurious Pullman to replace the Maybach.
able to drive itself…
The new S-Class is said to be the first ever able to drive itself. Even if only in certain situations, the car will be able to drive itself without any driver involvement. The system called by Mercedes “Steering Assist” is capable to monitor traffic and road and can work at speeds of up to 124 mph. Even if is not capable of negotiating complete corners yet, the system is very capable on highway and on monotonous stop and go traffic situations.
The idea is simple somehow: the “lane keep assist” system will be capable to brake the front wheel opposite to the direction the vehicle is drifting to. In this manner the vehicle will steer back in the middle of the lane. Of course besides this, this system can break the car or even accelerate depending on road conditions.
On monotonous stop and go traffic situations, “Steering Assist” relies on surrounding vehicles to stay its course. If there are no clear lane markings visible, the 2014 S-Class will use the vehicle ahead as a means of orientation.
Globally, the new S-Class will come with a series of four-, six-, eight- and twelve-cylinder powerplants. Of course, because of the downsizing trend, Mercedes will continue to offer the four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine on its S250 CDI. In addition to this, a complete hybrid drivetrains will be offered in both regular and plug-in configurations.