Similar to how people chase after technology and gadgets such as the iPhone 5 or the newly launched Samsung Galaxy S4. In the parallel world of automobile, another new leader has emerged – the new W222 Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
The new flagship of continental Mercedes-Benz was launched earlier today at the Airbus factory in Germany by Daimler’s chairman Dieter Zetsche. I must say based on just previous spy photos and the current official ones being released and circulated online, I have mixed feelings on this new luxury beast.
At first glance, the car appeals to most, except for the fact that I find it’s headlights look a bit like a bumped-up E-Class, or probably one on steroids. The rear lamps resemble the new CLS and CL range, but does add a little bit of prestige and road presence given the size of the vehicle.
According to news sources online, the new S will supposedly top the luxury range with a wide variety of technology. It has LED headlights (which is already out on the new BMW 7-series), 3D cameras for external blind spots or even a 360 degree view, and a totally new engine under the hood.
I’ve always wanted my ride to have a more high-tech headlight system such as either a Bi-Xenon or LED, but unfortunately, mine is still the conventional halogen. Makes me wonder why are car manufacturers still sticking to these yesteryear technology when a more energy-saving/nicer-looking one is just at your doorstep.
According to Autoexpress.co.uk,
The headlights and tail-lights tell an important story, too. The S-Class is the first road car to ditch light bulbs altogether and use brighter, energy-saving LEDs throughout. The headlamps use up to 56 LEDs, the taillights use up to 35 LEDs (the intensity of the brake lights is reduced at night and in traffic jams), while the interior uses 300 LEDs for ambient illumination.
The dash of the new W222 is said to have two 12.3-inch high-definition screens, one housing the instrumental dials and the other for the in-car entertainment and settings screen. A longer wheelbase for this new machine will also mean more spacious seats for the rear passengers, including an option for the “First Class Rear” package with a cooler, television screens, and a fold-out aircraft style table.
From the looks of it, I prefer the new W222 over it’s predecessor, the W221 (shown below). Let’s hope the technology and real-life experience of the 222 won’t let me down.
But that being said, my favourite S-Class till date is still the old W220. Looks the sleekest, in my opinion.
And to end off this post, here’s the introductory video of the new Mercedes-Benz W222 S-Class.
The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class is expected to make it’s debut in Singapore late 2013 to mid 2014. Can’t wait to see it in person at Mercedes-Benz Singapore!
Disclaimer: All photos courtesy of the Internet and all information is correct at time of publication.