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The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has always been the pioneer of the automobile, it is a technological and mechanical masterpiece that showcases the potential of what cars of the future can be. And the 2014 Mercedes-Benz W222 model has carried that baton of excellence forward for the S-Class.
The new S-Class is the only car in the world without a single light bulb, it uses LEDs instead from the headlamps to interior lighting where there are 300 LEDs alone. A well specced S-Class also comes with such things as 100 motors to support numerous bits of equipment including the reclining rear seats that are heated and cooled and feature massage function along with powered footrests. Other equipment includes a 24 speaker surround sound Burmester infotainment system, 10 airbags, DVD player, Wifi internet, folding tray tables, panoramic sunroof, heated and cooled cup holders, heated arm rests and an air balance package that ionises and perfumes the cabin. At the front the driver gets two 12.3 inch TFT screens for the instrument cluster and infotainment system that gets Merc’s COMAND interface.
The W222 Mercedes-Benz S-Class also comes packed to the teeth with safety features such as Distronic Plus with Steering Assist, Pre-Safe, Brake with Active Pedestrian Protection, Active Lane-Keeping Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist and BAS with Junction Assist, rear-end collision warning and Pre-Safe Plus protection system.
The car comes with Mercedes’ AirMATIC air suspension with Active Body Control that controls the amount of oil supplied to every strut to absorb imperfections in the road. The S-Class also gets Crosswind Assist that uses the car’s traction control system to reduce the effects of strong gusts of wind by course correcting brake actuations on the side of the vehicle facing the wind. Added to this, the LED headlights omit their beam from oncoming traffic to allow other road users to be undisturbed by the S-Class’ head light beam which illuminates the rest of the path.
Armed to the teeth with safety and convenience features, proven powertrain and cutting edge technology the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class is a definitive pioneer of automobiles.