All About New Mercedes-Benz S-Class W223

The most important and interesting facts about the new generation of the flagship Mercedes-Benz Sedan.

It’s happened! The long-running teaser campaign is over: Mercedes-Benz has finally stopped giving out information in tiny portions and has officially introduced the new-generation S-Class. The car has become bigger and more spacious, has changed a running gear, has got a new design and advanced technologies that control everything (even the position of the head and the direction of the driver's gaze), and a very cool interior with a huge vertical infotainment tablet like in Tesla models. The vehicle has a lot of cool features, which we will tell you about now.

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Here it is: a new-generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class (W223). The overall shape of the body is «classic», which, it would seem, has remained the same, but in fact everything has changed.

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First, the novelty has become one of the most aerodynamically efficient cars in the world, especially among the large premium sedans. The drag coefficient is now 0.22: it is the lowest of all the S-Classes produced.

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Second, the model has changed its design. Just look at these LED headlights and taillights. For the first time among all Mercedes, the flagship will have headlights called Digital Light, which will be offered as an option.

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Each headlight consists of three super-powerful LED elements, the light from which is reflected and redirected using 1.3 million micro-reflectors. Due to them, the beam is divided into many tiny «pixels» (there are a total of 2.6 million), and the brightness of each can be adjusted independently of each other.

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The headlights can project various symbols on the road (speed limit signs, warning symbols about roadwork zones and distance to the car in front) and «highlight» the location of a pedestrian and narrow or dangerous road sections.

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Another innovation is sliding door handles. When the owner goes to the car, they are pushed out and are removed flush with the body at the beginning of the movement. This feature will become an option.

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The body panels are aluminum. As Mercedes says, more than 98 kg of the car construction elements are made of «resource-saving» materials, and the number of components from recycled materials reaches 120 (twice as much as its predecessor).

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The model has become larger and is still available in short- and long-wheelbase versions. The overall length of the regular S-Class is 5,179 mm (+54 mm compared to its predecessor), width — 1,954 mm (+55 mm), height — 1,503 mm (+10 mm), and wheelbase – 3,106 mm (+71 mm).

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The long-wheelbase version is already 5,255 millimeters from the «muzzle» to the «tail» (+34 mm compared to its predecessor). The wheelbase of this version reaches 3,216 mm (+51 mm).

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The interior of the S-Class has become more spacious and quieter. The number of sound insulation materials and legroom for rear passengers has increased, and there is more space above the head and in the hip area. In addition, the trunk volume has increased to 550 liters (20 liters more than before).

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The interior is completely new. The driver has a 12.3-inch digital dashboard with three-dimensional information display. A screen size of a new infotainment system is 239.06 x 218.8 mm (64% more than that of its predecessor).

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The S-Class is equipped with a second-generation MBUX system, computing power of which has increased by 50% compared to the previous model.

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The MBUX system understands voice commands in 27 languages, tracks the driver's head position, hand movements, and gaze direction. So, the system can warn you before you start driving that the in-cab camera has detected an installed child seat not fastened with a seat belt. And when driving backwards, the electronics will notice the driver's head turning and automatically lower the sun shade on the rear window.

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In order to open a section of the panoramic roof, you can simply wave your hand. There are now 27 fewer buttons on the fascia. A climate control unit is now fully digital and moved to the lower part of the central screen. The MBUX system can answer questions about the car, understand indirect commands (such as «It’s hot» or «I'm tired») and can control smart home systems.

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The standard interior is conventionally five-seat. But you can also order a four-seat version with a massive center console. In this case, «smart» seats will be installed at the back, which can automatically change the settings in a small range, so that passengers do not get tired during a trip. In addition to ventilation and massage, there are heated headrest pillows.

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A Burmester 4D audio system with 30 speakers will appear in the list of options. The sound can be configured for each seat separately.

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At the same time, two special resonators are built into the back of the seats, which allow passengers to «feel» the sound and bass with their bodies, as in the case of «acoustic massage» (a massage with sound waves that affect the auditory and tactile receptors).

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Two projection displays will be available: the first one is simple, and the second supports AR (for example, active animated arrows for navigation) and has a display area like a 77-inch TV. The image from it will be displayed «virtually» 10 meters in front of the driver.

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Another feature of the model is the front airbag for rear passengers. It is built into the back of the driver's seat and, in the event of an accident, opens up along with the side cushions between the front seats.

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The interior has atmospheric lighting: an LED is installed approximately every 1.6 cm, the total number of which reaches 250.

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LED strips are installed in the door panels, on the fascia and center console, and along the floor and rear seats. The color of the backlight can be changed at will.

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It also responds to changes in climate modes, multimedia systems, and even in the event of a dangerous situation on the road. For example, the blind spot tracking system will warn the driver of a possible collision using a bright red light.

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The driver will be able to park the car without being at the wheel. To do this, you will need a mobile app. In some countries, where the «communication» systems, infrastructure and vehicles are fully developed, the S-Class will be able to independently find a place even in multi-storey parking lots and then return to the owner.

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The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class will also be equipped with a fully controlled chassis. The rear wheels will be able to turn at an angle of up to 10 degrees. This improves maneuverability and reduces the u-turn radius for the long-wheelbase version of the sedan by 1.9 meters to 10.9 meters. And this is already close to compact cars.

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Besides, the model will get a «jumping» hydropneumatic suspension (E-Active Body Control) powered by a 48-volt onboard network. All this is managed by a computing platform with five multi-core processors that send requests to 20 sensors and a stereo camera up to a thousand times per second.

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It represents an Airmatic suspension with powerful hydraulic spheres. The E-Active suspension is able to adjust the elasticity of the springs and the stiffness of the shock absorbers on each wheel separately, eliminate swaying and tilt the car in the corners, and prepare in advance for driving through bumps.

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In addition, it lifts one side of the body by 80 mm in tenths of a second in the event of an imminent side impact.

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Initially, the S-Class will be available with five powertrains (all V6s). Later, a V8 unit will appear. In 2021, a plug-in hybrid capable of driving up to 100 kilometers on electric traction will be released.

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The petrol line-up includes the S 450 4Matic and S 500 4Matic. They are equipped with a 3-liter I6 (367 hp and 435 hp, respectively), an EQ Boost motor (+22 hp), and a 9-speed automatic transmission. The most powerful option allows a large sedan to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in just 4.9 seconds.

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There are only three diesel variants. These are the S 350 d, S 350 d 4Matic and S 400 d 4Matic, producing 286 hp and 330 hp (600 Nm and 700 Nm, respectively). The basic rear-wheel drive version will reach 100 km/h in 6.4 seconds, and the most powerful all-wheel drive model — in 5.4 seconds. A top speed of all modifications is limited to 250 km/h.

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In Germany, the new S-Class will be available in mid-September. The model will reach other countries by February 2021.

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