Mercedes-Benz launched the 2014 S-Class in India with the S500 Launch Edition on January 8, 2014. The S-Class has always had the last word in luxury motoring, offering the latest technology and creature comforts one can expect in a car. The ‘W222’ S-Class has undergone some serious changes and comes laden with state-of-the-art technologies to make sure it retains the title of the ‘Best Luxury Car in the World’.
Mercedes-Benz has played safe in the design department and the new car features a much toned down look. The front of the car features a new and larger radiator grille attached to a redesigned bumper. The Intelligent LED Light System headlamps adapt their illumination according to the road conditions, speeds, as well as the oncoming traffic. The side profile reveals aerodynamically flowing body lines or the ‘dropping line’, which meets the arched roofline at the rear. Speaking of the rear, the LED tail lights feature prominently along with two huge tail pipes. The rear doors are now larger and the roofline is more steeply raked, though it hasn’t had any adverse effect on the headroom. Though the car rides on the same core chassis, it is 100kg lighter than the previous car, has better torsion stiffness and boasts of lower NVH levels. The car also features an enhanced AIRMATIC suspension with Magic Body Control for a better ride.
Mercedes-Benz has always been extravagant when it comes to including the latest technology and luxury in an S-Class, and W222 is no different. The traditional instrument cluster has been ditched and two 12-inches TFT displays have been added, one in the centre of the dashboard and the other behind the new multifunction, two-spoke wooden steering wheel. The S500 features Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment system with an inbuilt 250GB hard disk. The system acts as a control centre for all audio, navigational and telecommunications functions in the car.
Being an expensive luxury sedan, we can expect that a lot of the S-Class buyers would prefer to be chauffeured around. So, a lot has also been changed for the comfort of the rear seat passengers too. Among the other latest additions is a seven-coloured LED ambient light system, a high-quality Burmester music system, heated armrests as well as a specialised air balance package which filters the air in the cabin and sprays a special scent branded by Mercedes-Benz themselves. The heated and adjustable rear seats feature a Hot Stone Massage system which as the name suggests, is a massager. The car also features a WiFi hotspot for internet access when on the move. As an optional extra, the customer can also opt for an individually customisable ‘first class rear’ business package.
Mercedes-Benz, as of now, offers the S-Class only with a 4.7-litre bi-turbo petrol V8 engine. The engine pumps out 460bhp and 700Nm of torque and is synchronised to a seven-speed 7G-Tronic automatic transmission. In India, Mercedes-Benz offers the S-Class with a lone variant, the S500.
The S-Class is pitted against its German counterparts, the Audi A8 and the BMW 7 Series as well as the Bentley Continental Flying Spur and the Maserati Quattraporte.