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Mercedes S-class wows 3D cameras with night vision

Mercedes S-class wows 3D cameras with night vision
Paul A. Eisenstein Detroit Bureau 19 may 2013 at 11:22 AM ET
The Detroit Bureau of MercedesThe Mercedes S-class to start in 2014 is packed with blow-your-mind information: LED lights, a perfumer, radar, 3D cameras.

There was a time when luxury cars were by their sheer size and dimensions, their power, performance defined and, of course, exclusive details such as leather seats and wood trim.

These factors distinguish the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-class, but there is more to the newly defined German flagship, which correspond to the change in the nature of the automotive industry. Of its LED lamps, the 3D cameras, radar and night vision systems, with which the new sedan practically, is to drive the new S-class a technical tour de force, make up the likely competitors race will have.

The long-awaited remake of the classic full-size luxury sedan was an Airbus plant in Hamburg, Germany – no wonder, because parent Mercedes-Benz holds also a French airline manufacturer on the staged. But the place was decided to clearly underline the technical complexity of the new S-class.

Mercedes officials noted that it waive the first automobile with conventional light bulbs will choose lighting in between instead for more modern LED technology for everything from the head and taillights and the small reading lights and mood indicators. All in all there are 300 LEDs inside only 56 in each headlight and another 25 in each taillight. Oh, and you can choose from seven different colours for the interior lighting with dimmer in five stages and four different lighting zones.

The mammoth, 104-page press release about the details of the new car is overwhelming. The section on sensors runs longer than the most new car announcements.

It is the latest version of Mercedes Distronic technology, with cameras and radar to monitor the vehicle's surroundings. It allows the new S-class with the traffic keep up, come to a halt in a tie-up and then start the rollers again. It releases the brakes if a collision appears likely and turns even the flasher, if it occurs.

The latest lane departure warning systems will even check when a sleepy driver begins to drive in an adjacent alley.

Behind the close to desktop size displays on the Tesla model S will have the new Mercedes S-class--some of the largest video screen always two of them filled in the instrument panel, 12.3 inches. The primary, reconfigurable display handles traditional tasks such as speed and engine of RPMs, monitors while the right panel Mercedes latest Infotainment technology.

As the manufacturer, during a session, that halfway around the world to the annual Google i/o Developer Conference reveals there are more apps. Developed in the middle of the urban action through even a so-called "heat map" system to a motorist Mercedes, the visualization of the areas with high concentrations of nightclubs, restaurants and shopping malls.

Oh, Yes: Even an automatic perfume atomizer option removed the Maybach brand, which abandoned last year.

Among the many firsts, the Mercedes for the 2014 S-class is claimed, the large sedan will introduce the magic body control system. Instead of waiting until the sensors detect a bump or a pothole, it use the stereo camera system looking for uneven road surface and automatic adjustment of the standard issue air suspension.

As always, Mercedes plans to offer the car different versions of the new S-class, including diesel and gasoline mechanics and a plug-in hybrid due a year after its launch.

S550, could leave planned for the U.S. market, potential buyers, the is wondering why she would need something else. The Twin-Turbo 4, 5.7 liter V8 will start more than the direct competitors from BMW, Audi or Lexus - and enough, an impressive 455 HP and 516 pound-feet of torque - to the great Germanic sedan from 0 to 60 in just 4.8 seconds to pump out. This is almost a full second faster than the outgoing model.

Mercedes is not EPA mileage reviews but notes still discussing who should do it better than the outgoing S-class. This is partly due to lightweighting and extensive improvements in the areas of aerodynamics - and Mercedes says that wind drag a wee is now slightly better than a Toyota Prius.

Expect a significant share of the S600 Pullman model, a stretch version, after China, which sent world's fastest-growing luxury market, where the rich would rather be chauffeured.

The Pullman model layouts, similar to the old Maybach S63, including a business-jet style two people configuration, which will introduce a new hot-stone-style massage function have two rear-seat.

The new model looks could some controversy, in particular produce much larger grille and the distinctive LED lamps.

Don't expect see final prices until closer to the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-class launch in the autumn of this year, but expect $100,000, a moderate increase over the current $93,000 about-base.

Slipping into the luxury market has found the Stuttgart-based car manufacturer itself in recent years and is now in an unknown third place behind BMW and Audi. The relatively exclusive nature of the S-class Mercedes lead - at least not directly it means - to win back does not help, but when click the new design and features, puts the manufacturer, that it also brings much less affluent buyers for C, E, and other models that could give a needed boost brand.

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