4 September 2020

New S-Class coming by year's end

A renewed version of the Mercedes-Benz flagship model, the S-Class, will arrive in Ireland towards the end of the year, writes Brian Byrne.

The luxury car maker is concentrating on the interior improvements in both comfort and technology in describing the latest version of a model first produced in 1972.

These include the second generation of the MBUX instrumentation and infotainment system, with a 3D display element, and integrated camera system which anticipates a driver's intentions for an advanced gesture control.

There is also what the company calls the 'intelligent compliance' with speed limits system as part of the latest generation of the S-Class Driving Assistance Package.

The software of more than 50 electronic components in the car can now be updated over the air via the internet.

An enhanced 'conditionally automated' driving mode from the second half of next year will be available on the optional Drive Pilot system, managing the driving in high traffic density, in tailbacks, and on suitable motorway sections in Germany.

The new car will also have rear-wheel steering as an option, which Mercedes-Benz says will make it as manoeuvrable as a compact car.

More details and pricing will be available closer to the Irish launch.