The S-Class family: covering every need: A model family that sets new standards

2013 marked the launch of the S-Class – the most successful luxury-class series in the world. The model range has since undergone continual expansion, and with the Cabriolet it now comprises six basic models along with additional special versions, in particular from Mercedes-AMG.

With three development priorities focusing on "Intelligent Drive", "Efficient Technology" and "Essence of Luxury", the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class broadened technical horizons on many levels. It was introduced in July 2013, initially as a Saloon with a long (V 222) and normal (W 222) wheelbase.

The highlights on board included the COMAND Online system; the cockpit is equipped with two 12.3-inch LCD screens. A number of new safety systems went into series production: Cross-Traffic Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and rear belts with airbags.

The S-Class was also the first vehicle worldwide

  • with LEDs throughout instead of bulbs.

  • with an anticipatory active suspension based on a stereo camera: MAGIC BODY CONTROL with ROAD SURFACE SCAN.

  • with a wrong-way driver warning system.

A further highlight in July 2014 was the first S-Class with plug-in hybrid drive system. The S 500 e was the first luxury saloon to combine the performance of a V8 with the fuel consumption of a compact model (2.8 litres/per 100 km) and to offer an all-electric range of 33 kilometres.

December 2014 saw the premiere of the company's new flagship, the Mercedes‑Maybach S-Class. The wheelbase of the saloon, the quietest in the world for rear-seat passengers, has been extended by 200 mm, the full extent of which benefits those sitting in the back. The roof line also meant more headroom.

The seat belt buckle extender, beltbag (both part of the PRE-SAFE® rear package, beltbag also available separately) and seat cushion airbag are innovative safety features in the rear of the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class that contribute to its unique flair.

The S-Class Coupé was launched in September 2014. Boasting a stylish appearance, exclusive equipment and refined sportiness, the Coupé combines the classic proportions of a Gran Turismo with modern luxury and state-of-the-art technology. The world-first MAGIC BODY CONTROL suspension system featuring the innovative curve inclination function was now available.

The Mercedes-Maybach Pullman was unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show in March 2015. Its special status is indicated by its length of 6.50 metres alone. It provides the space for a generously-sized and tastefully-appointed club lounge in the rear, with a multitude of creature comforts fitted as standard, thereby ensuring the chauffeur-driven limousine lives up to today's expectations of what constitutes total exclusivity and luxury. The VIP occupants sit on two standard-specification executive seats facing the direction of travel. They can enjoy the greatest legroom in the segment; and can get into and out of the car with the greatest of ease and comfort. As is typical for a Pullman, the four passengers can sit facing each other in the compartment with an electrically-operated partition window.

The Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Guard is to follow in the spring of 2016. The special-protection version of the Mercedes-Maybach is the first vehicle to be certified with the highest ballistic protection level VR10 for civilian vehicles.