Page 1 of 5 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 65

Thread: Mercedes-Benz S-Class (W221) 2005-2013

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Eindhoven, The Netherlands
    Posts
    7,827

    Mercedes-Benz S-Class (W221) 2005-2013

    Be ahead: the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class

    Superlative in design and technology

    Stuttgart – Generation-change at the pinnacle of automotive engineering: Mercedes-Benz presents the new S-Class. The new luxury saloon will be appearing in the showrooms of company-owned outlets and authorised dealerships as of autumn 2005.

    As in the preceding series, the new S-Class will introduce technical innovations which make the flagship Mercedes model an example for others to follow. Pioneering safety features and exemplary comfort continue to be the outstanding attributes of the S-Class. The new saloon also sets standards in driving dynamics with its agile handling, while offering even more driving pleasure with new, more powerful engines. The new S-Class is replacing a model series which is the world No. 1 in the luxury class, and of which around 485,000 have been produced since 1998.

    For more than five decades, the letter "S" in the model designation of Mercedes cars has signified a special aura, intelligent technology and the highest quality. The new S-Class not only continues this tradition, but lends a new meaning to it. It is a technological pacemaker with its pioneering innovations for more safety, comfort and practicality, and like its predecessors it will influence the automotive development of the future. The saloon exudes this poise and assurance even at first glance. Its design emphasises the confident, powerful and elegant character of the new S-Class, which makes every journey an experience.

    Achieving even more technological highlights was a challenge for the engineers in Stuttgart and Sindelfingen, for the bar was set very high: the previous S-Class, which had been repeatedly voted the "Best Car in the World" since its presentation in 1998, was a hard act to follow. The progress Mercedes-Benz has made with the new saloon is based on this already high level. A dozen technical innovations are entering series production for the first time on board the new
    S-Class – from Brake Assist PLUS with radar sensors to seats with an extended massage function, from the night view assist system with the latest infra-red technology to the new COMAND system, and from preventive PRE-SAFE® occupant protection with additional functions to Parking Assist.
    Attached Images Attached Images
    Last edited by drakkie; 06-20-2005 at 12:26 AM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Eindhoven, The Netherlands
    Posts
    7,827
    Safety: Brake Assist with radar and latest-generation PRE-SAFE®

    In the field of vehicle safety, Mercedes-Benz is redoubling its commitment to accident prevention with the preventive system Brake Assist PLUS. This system registers vehicles ahead by radar and gives a warning if the gap is too small or the closing speed is too high. If a collision threatens, Brake Assist PLUS calculates the ideal braking assistance in fractions of a second and makes this available immediately – even if the driver applies too little pressure to the brake pedal. This significantly reduces the incidence of rear-end collisions. The adaptive brake light, which warns following traffic by flashing during emergency braking, also makes a major contribution.

    Mercedes-Benz combines Brake Assist PLUS with the equally unique occupant protection system PRE-SAFE®, which offers even more safety functions on board the new S-Class. PRE-SAFE® recognises potential accident situations as they arise: if braking deceleration exceeds a certain level or a skid is imminent, the system tensions the front seat belts as a precaution and inflates air cushions in the multicontour seats to envelop and support the driver, front passenger and rear seat occupants. For the first time Mercedes-Benz has also integrated the side windows into this preventive protection system; they are automatically closed when an accident threatens.

    This combination of the new Brake Assist PLUS system and PRE-SAFE® is a further enhancement to occupant protection. Mercedes-Benz is the world’s first and only vehicle brand with a comprehensive safety system of this kind, which already goes into action before an impending accident.

    Support systems: DISTRONIC PLUS and the new night view assist

    Brake Assist PLUS is available in combination with the likewise improved proximity control system DISTRONIC PLUS. This radar-supported system now operates at all speeds between zero and 200 km/h, and ensures even greater driver comfort. In stop-and-go traffic DISTRONIC PLUS keeps the new S-Class at the right distance from the vehicle ahead, automatically brakes the saloon to a standstill if necessary and accelerates it back to the required speed when the traffic starts moving again. In this way the support system reduces the driver’s workload and provides considerable benefits in driver-fitness safety.

    The equipment package with Brake Assist PLUS and DISTRONIC PLUS also includes a new Parking Assist system which likewise uses radar sensors. These have a longer range than ultrasonic signals, therefore the driver receives earlier warning of an impending collision when reversing into a parking space.

    With the innovative night view assist system which is premiered in the new
    S-Class, Mercedes-Benz has made a further, major contribution to reducing the risk of accidents during the hours of darkness. This system is based on infra-red light, which is invisible to the human eye and will therefore not dazzle oncoming traffic. Two infra-red headlamps illuminate the road, extending the driver’s range of vision to more than 150 metres when on low beam. Night view assist therefore makes pedestrians, cyclists, parked cars and other obstacles visible very much sooner. An infra-red camera mounted on the inside of the windscreen records the reflected image of the road ahead and displays this in the instrument cluster.
    Attached Images Attached Images

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Eindhoven, The Netherlands
    Posts
    7,827
    Dimensions: larger, more comfortable and even more luxurious

    The new flagship model by Mercedes-Benz is larger than its predecessor in every respect. There is a choice of two body lengths -- 5076 or 5206 millimetres – which is 33 and 43 millimetres, respectively, more than the previous S-Class. The wheelbase has increased by 70/80 millimetres to 3035 and 3165 millimetres, respectively. The body is also 16 millimetres wider and 29 millimetres higher than before.

    These new dimensions create the conditions for an interior concept which provides every single passenger with first-class comfort. Interior parameters such as shoulder-room and elbow-room have increased by up to 39 millimetres, while headroom has again improved by up to five millimetres. Rear seat passengers in the long-wheelbase version benefit from a greater distance between the seats (+ 10 mm) and more knee-room (+ 11 mm) compared to the preceding series. The capacity of the boot has increased by 60 litres to 560 litres (VDA measuring method).

    Luxurious exotic wood and chrome trim, attractively contoured controls in aluminium and carefully coordinated colours characterise the atmosphere in the interior, producing an immediate feeling of wellbeing. The dashboard with its sophisticated, sweeping lines is yet another masterpiece by Mercedes designers, for whom form and function are ideals which share equal status. Accordingly the cockpit not only conveys a feeling of safety, but is also extraordinarily well laid-out and practical – from the very first moment, man and vehicle enter into a harmonious relationship in the new S-Class.

    Operating concept: colour displays, direct-selection switches and COMAND controller

    That is also assured by the newly developed and thoroughly tested operating concept. This is based on findings from extensive ergonomic and perceptive psychology studies, and also takes into account the results of acceptance tests with Mercedes customers around the world.

    The major characteristic of the intelligent operating concept in the new
    S-Class is rapid access to functions which are used particularly frequently. The system is therefore specifically designed for redundancy: depending on his preferred habits, the driver is able to control functions such as the radio,
    TV-receiver, CD/DVD changer, telephone and navigation system either using conventional switches, via buttons on the multifunction steering wheel or with the help of the improved COMAND system. The direct-selection switches in the centre console are so ergonomically positioned that the driver is able to operate them conveniently and without looking down. It is also possible to operate the standard automatic climate control system in two different ways: via COMAND or using an attractively styled array of switches beneath the air vents.

    The steering wheel and instrument cluster are the primary areas in the new operating concept. These integrate all the important information and functions required by the driver. The centrepiece is a colour screen with the latest display technology for a bright, crystal-clear image. The lower edge of the cockpit display has a plain-text array with which up to seven main menus for individual settings, display modes and operating functions can be controlled, depending on the level of equipment. For rapid selection of these functions Mercedes-Benz has developed the controls on the standard multifunction steering wheel further, using circular, illuminated five-way buttons which the driver operates by light thumb pressure.

    Another new feature which improves operating convenience and allows a modern cockpit design is DIRECT SELECT – electronic control of the standard
    7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic transmission by nudging an attractively styled lever on the right of the steering column. Thanks to this technology, Mercedes engineers were able to dispense with the usual selector lever on the centre console and redesign the tunnel covering.

    The innovative "Cockpit Management and Data System" -- COMAND for short – has likewise been redesigned and now offers even more features. In addition to the familiar telematics and audio units, various vehicle functions which previously required individual switches have now been integrated into the system. The central operating unit is the new COMAND controller on the transmission tunnel. It is used to select the main and sub-menus with which the required functions are activated. If a car phone is fitted ex factory, the padded handrest behind the controller can be flipped up to reveal the telephone keypad.

    The large COMAND colour display is positioned at the same height as the instrument cluster, and therefore even more favourably within the field of vision of the driver and front passenger. A new operating concept, up-to-date colours and clear, photo-quality graphics also make the menu selection procedure a gratifying visual experience.

    The COMAND system in the new S-Class includes a radio, CD/DVD player and a port for computer memory cards (PCMCIA cards) as standard. On request Mercedes-Benz will equip COMAND with a Europe-wide navigation system whose data are now stored on a hard drive. This allows even faster route calculation than before.
    Attached Images Attached Images

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Eindhoven, The Netherlands
    Posts
    7,827
    Success: number one in the luxury class

    The new S-Class is replacing a successful series which has captured the top end of this market segment in every region of the world. Even in its last year of production the flagship saloon by Mercedes-Benz is the worldwide market leader among the world’s luxury saloons, with around 17,000 units sold (as of May 2005).

    Accolades achieved by the previous S-Class include around four dozen prizes and awards in international competitions, with numerous titles such as "Best Car", "Most Innovative Saloon", "Highest Design Quality" or "World’s Finest Car".

    The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class at a glance



    Model range
    S 350: 200 kW/272 hp
    S 500: 285 kW/388 hp
    S 320 CDI: 170 kW/231 hp (from first quarter 2006)
    S 600: 380 kW/ 517 hp (from first quarter 2006)

    Dimensions (compared to preceding series)

    Vehicle length: 5076/5206 mm = + 33/43 mm
    Vehicle width: 1871 mm = + 16 mm
    Vehicle height: 1473 mm = + 29 mm
    Wheelbase: 3035/3165 mm = +70/80 mm

    Innovations
    · ADAPTIVE BRAKE with additional functions
    · Adaptive brake light
    · Brake Assist PLUS with radar sensors
    · COMAND with and COMAND controller
    · Crash-responsive high-comfort head restraints
    · DISTRONIC PLUS
    · Electric parking brake
    · Dynamic multicontour seat with new massage
    function
    · Night view assist based on infra-red technology
    · Panoramic sliding roof (for long-wheelbase version)
    · Second-generation PRE-SAFE®
    · Reversing camera



    Two pictures were refusing to upload properly, therefor i uploaded them elsewhere:



  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Melbourne, Australia
    Posts
    866
    Looks pretty good. My dad's been hanging out for this car for a while, and he's definitely going to get one (probably early next year). Looks like it's going to be loaded with all sorts of technological gizmos as per every Merc.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Zandvoort, Holland
    Posts
    356
    Interior looks a lot like the BMW 7

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Posts: 30,245
    Posts
    7,352
    for some reason i get the impression that with this car they pulled out old designs from their past era and decided to use that instead of their new 'extra' ugly designs. It looks more like a mercedes than the rest do.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Wichita, Kansas USA
    Posts
    11,258
    I don't think I like it. It looks too modern, too trendy with the sloping rear end and stretched headlights. It looks like a Lancia.
    I'm going to eat breakfast. And then I'm going to change the world.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Melbourne, Australia
    Posts
    866
    It's a lot more sedate than some of the other cars that have been released recently! (*cough cough BMW*)

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Warsaw
    Posts
    4,448
    i like it. i didn't really like the previous one, but this one looks pretty good. maybe the rear is too similar with maybach but that's not bad
    12 cylinders or walk!

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Porto - Portugal
    Posts
    2,755
    Looks like they went shoping for design ideias on other cars, the wheel arches look very RX8ish...
    "Religious belief is the “path of least resistance”, says Boyer, while disbelief requires effort."

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Purdue, Indiana
    Posts
    1,499
    The wheel arches look tacked on and the back looks like a Maybach...I don't like it.

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Halifax, Canada
    Posts
    1,584
    i can see a bit of Chrysler's 300C from the rear wheel arches towards the tailights.
    ----R.I.P----
    "Misho Ratio"
    2003 - 2004

  14. #14
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Houston, TX
    Posts
    796

  15. #15
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Houston, TX
    Posts
    796
    Last edited by GT F1; 06-20-2005 at 09:44 AM.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Car brochures
    By ginza in forum Books, magazines, brochures and posters
    Replies: 1001
    Last Post: 09-23-2017, 05:21 AM
  2. car brochures anyone?
    By dydzi in forum Books, magazines, brochures and posters
    Replies: 22
    Last Post: 05-04-2009, 05:56 PM
  3. 2006 Mercedes Benz S-Class w221
    By Swissbeatz in forum General Automotive
    Replies: 22
    Last Post: 11-24-2006, 03:08 AM
  4. 2008 Mercedes C Class!
    By Manik in forum General Automotive
    Replies: 26
    Last Post: 02-27-2006, 10:25 AM
  5. 2005 Gumball 3000
    By johnnyperl in forum Multimedia
    Replies: 38
    Last Post: 05-17-2005, 10:59 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •