Every day, in fact, has only happened seven times since the launch of an all new mercedes, benz s class, the s class badge officially started in 1972, with the launch of the w116, followed by the 126 140 220 221 222 and the new car the w223. Now cars in australia will arrive later this year. They are available in a long wheelbase like this one, as well as a regular wheelbase version and we're, starting with the s450, which is the three liter inline six cylinder mated to the 48 volt mile hybrid system. The newest class is bigger, it's longer it's wider, but it's actually lighter thanks to more use of aluminium in its construction. But the biggest thing here is just how much more tech the w223 has got from its predecessor to find out just what this looks like let's. Take a look inside well, as you saw pop out door handles, which improve the new s class, uh, aero efficiency, then inside well, it's pretty hard not to see the technology. You'Ve got a really large center mounted screen here, which replaces the ones up on the dash it's running a whole new version of the mbux operating system, which comes with even more configurability interactivity and, of course, more of the mercedes me assistant functions that kind of learn. The way that you drive the car one of the most interesting parts of it, though, is the new instrument cluster, which again is a a screen as we've seen in other mercedes, but it's 3d.
You look at it and you can actually see real depth what's more as you move around the screen adjusts as to stay in your eyesight and word is, if you stare at it for 15 minutes, you'll probably see a dinosaur. The other ways that the car is looking at you as well extend to some of the functionality of basic things like mirrors. So if you need to adjust the passenger side, mirror, for example, the car knows you're looking at it, and all you need to do is use the mirror controls here and it will adjust that mirror. Look at this mirror and it will adjust those you don't need to select which one it is pretty cool technology. However, an s class is not always about driving it's about being driven there's, some pretty good innovations in the back, which is where many s class owners will choose to sit well. The back seat of an s class is synonymous with luxury and comfort, especially as a captain of industry like you – and i are sitting back here – obviously there's a stack of room now this is the long wheelbase variant of the car, so it is to be expected, But, even with all of the uh, the plush luxuries and technology around, this is not even the business class setup that mercedes have. You can get a four seat variant, which includes a thicker central tunnel with fold out trays and the seats even have foot rests and if that's business class, and that must make this economy it's one hell of a nice airline, now it's worth noting too the newest Class can handle up to five screens or five and a half, because you've got the big center display the driver's instrument cluster and head up display one h on the back of the headrests plus a centre tablet.
Here. All of these can control various functions of the car, from audio to navigation. You can even pipe telephone calls to a specific seat for privacy, which is pretty cool, but perhaps the biggest innovation in the back of the s class and maybe a way that mercedes benz recognised that many buyers, aren't necessarily drivers, is this car is the first in The world to receive rear seat airbags now the screens fold out of the way with the airbags fire. So you don't hit yourself with that, but it's built into the back of the uh the front seats here. The amount of engineering and development that went into these rear passenger airbags to obviously account for child seats seat positions. The fact that you may be working back here is pretty impressive, but to show the care and attention to safety of rear passengers as well as front passengers is well pretty typical, mercedes, benz and just to show you. The rear of the car. Uh is still quite handsome as well. You'Ve got these really cool, chandelier style tail lights on the new s class and i think, in terms of design and and fitting into its shape. It is again as expected, a very, very handsome and attractive machine. Now, australian orders open soon and deliveries are expected to start before the end of 2021. So we should see these on the road too soon and we can't wait to bring you a road test of the car here in australia when we do get a chance to get behind the wheel.
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