2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Top drawer luxury sedan buyers now expect equal parts opulence and cutting edge technology, and the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class delivers on both counts.
The first re-design since the demise of the uber-upscale Maybach brand, this S-class steps UP in class to fill that void while remaining a very driver-oriented executive express. Our first drive came in euro-spec cars near Toronto, Canada where we found the S to be more engaging and dynamic than ever.
Styling is sleek and more muscular overall. And all initial U.S. cars will be rear-drive and long-wheelbase. The S550 will arrive first with a mostly carryover twin-turbo 4.7 liter V8, good for 455 horsepower, feeding through a 7-speed automatic. Plug-in hybrid, diesel and 4matic models are planned.
A new suite of active safety and comfort systems are collectively called mercedes intelligent drive and comprise more than 20 assistED features. The car uses stereo cameras, radar and ultrasound sensors to achieve 360-degree vision and it can brake, accelerate or steer itself to avoid accidents. The system also scans the road ahead and adjusts the suspension in milliseconds, and differentiates between humans or animals on the roadside at night. Every light source is now l.e.d., the first car to do so.
Extreme Luxury touches include an available in-cabin aromatherapy diffuser with four scents, a rear seat hot-stone massage function, and diamond-quilted leather throughout. An integrated work table, internet hotspot and voice delivery of texts and emails makeS the S-Class a mobile boardroom as well.
We expect S550 base prices to climb slightly to around $95,000, but don’t expect that to affect sales. Mercedes has already taken 20,000 pre-orders, with first deliveries set for September.
Engine: 4.7 liter V8
Price: Around $95,000