New Mercedes S-Class details revealed
Monday 19 November 2012
• Ground breaking safety tech
• It can ‘see’ all around itself
• Available next year
The Mercedes S-Class has always been a trailblazer in new technology and next year’s all new model looks set to continue this tradition, with Mercedes unveiling an extensive list of tech that will be available on the new model.
Majoring on safety tech, the new S-Class will be available with a raft of kit to help prevent, or reduce the impact of, collisions with both other vehicles and pedestrians. It can also do this whilst the car is stationary, putting the brakes on to prevent secondary collisions if it detects an imminent rear-end impact. The new car will be able to scan 360 degrees around the car, looking for potential hazards and prepare the car to deal with them.
Distronic Plus with Steering Assist helps the driver guide the vehicle in its lane and can even follow the vehicle in front in slow-moving traffic automatically. Also, the Brake Assist system BAS Plus with Cross-Traffic Assist will be able to detect cross traffic and also pedestrians, boosting the braking power applied by the driver.
Alongside these systems, Active Lane Keeping Assist will be available which detects oncoming traffic and when the adjacent lane is not clear and can prevent the vehicle from leaving its lane unintentionally. Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus allows the main-beam headlamps to be kept on permanently without dazzling traffic by masking out other vehicles in the beams’ cone of light.
Pre-Safe Brake can detect pedestrians and initiate braking by itself to help avoid a collision at speeds up to 31mph. Pre-Safe Plus can recognise an imminent rear-end collision, prompting the system to trigger occupant protection measures. It can also firmly apply the stationary vehicle’s brakes in the event of a rear-end collision to prevent secondary accidents.
With Pre-Safe Impulse, the seat belts pull the driver and front passenger away from the direction of impact at an early phase of the crash. This can reduce the risk and severity of injuries from a frontal collision.
The new S-Class can also be specced with Attention Assist, which can warn of inattentiveness and drowsiness whilst notifying the driver of their current state of fatigue and the driving time since the last break. The sensitivity of this system can be adjusted as well.
This will also be the first car on sale without any light bulbs, with all the exterior lighting being done with LEDs. This could cut power consumption by the lights by up to 25 per cent.
The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class will be available from late next year.
By James Richardson