Mercedes-Benz has just released interior images of the new sedan, the 2014 S-Class, as it promises to deliver “the best automobile in the world.”
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The flagship sedan of the German automaker has broken new ground in technology for the entire industry.
The 2014 model completely abandoned the instrument cluster and replaces it with two LCD high-resolution displays.
The assignment: Perfection
Stuttgart – The best automobile in the world – every new generation of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class has earned this accolade anew for itself. The logical goal in the book of specifications for the coming model was therefore: perfection to the last detail. The result is “The Essence of Luxury”. This pursuit of the best or nothing is particularly noticeable in the interior: whether it is the seats or the air conditioning, the controls or the design, the infotainment or the comfort and safety in the rear – new ideas and their painstaking realisation underpin the high standards that the engineers have set for the Mercedes-Benz flagship model – and for themselves.
For the first time in the history of the S-Class, the development focus was on
the long-wheelbase sedan. Unlike before, the standard-wheelbase version was
derived from this. This is because the S-Class is not only firmly positioned as a
prestige sedan in the large overseas markets such as the USA, China or Japan.
Whereas in Europe and North America the owner of an S-Class is frequently
behind the wheel themself, the flagship model in the Mercedes-Benz passenger
car portfolio is very definitely a chauffeur-driven vehicle in Asia. The logical
consequence is the number of new features specifically related to comfort and
safety in the rear – in the S-Class, there is no doubt that passengers in the rear
are also seated in first class.
Not that the driver lacks for anything: the very latest Mercedes-Benz research
findings have been incorporated into his immediate surroundings. These
clearly confirm that certain comfort characteristics have a direct influence
over driver fitness and well being during and after a journey. Comfort is also
conducive to safety.
The new S-Class features highly sophisticated, automatic climate control
functions. The seats likewise lay claim to being the benchmark in automobile
engineering. In both cases this is accompanied by maximum operating
convenience, ensured by numerous actuators and electric motors – there are Page 4
over 100 of these in the interior alone.
Interior design: visual breadth and calm solidity
With its clear-cut architecture, the interior design of the new S-Class is the
embodiment of a classic, serene and yet ultra-modern sedan. The interior space
derives its expressiveness from a distinctively flowing, sensual and elegant
style. Horizontal features and lines create an ambience characterised by visual
breadth and calm solidity. Where high quality and elegance go hand in hand
with clarity and functionality. The interior concept of the S-Class combines
driving, spatial and operating comfort at the highest level.
The perfectly coordinated use of materials and colours produces an exclusive
interior seemingly cast from a single mould. There is generous use of wood
trim, especially in the dashboard and centre console. Metallised switch
surfaces with pearl-effect paint finishes in three colour shades to suit the
interior colour particularly highlight the outstanding quality.
Passengers in the rear are also seated in first-class – the design and exclusivity
of the seats, door panels and all controls are to the same, high standard as the
front. As an additional individualization feature, the “First Class Rear”
incorporates a Business center console combining personal comfort with
practical convenience (integration of a telephone handset, additional stowage
compartments, folding table, etc.).
New control and display concept: elegant new command centre
The radically redesigned display extends in front of the driver as a key element
of the horizontal alignment. It replaces the traditional instrument cluster and
combines numerous other functions in a visually and ergonomically highly
sophisticated manner. The entire display appears to be free-floating, an
impression reinforced by “corona effect” ambience backlighting.
Two high-resolution colour displays in 8:3 format with a screen diagonal Page 5
of 30.7 cm (12.3 inches) form the new information centre in the S-Class. The
left-hand display performs the functions of the previous instrument cluster,
providing the driver with all relevant information. The right-hand display
allows the convenient control of infotainment and comfort functions.
Ergonomics, operating convenience and safety were the main considerations
for the newly designed control and display concept.