By William Maley
Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com
March 18, 2013
The next-generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class is one the mostly anticipated car launches of this year since it breaks new ground in technology and innovation for the entire industry. The new S-Class, codenamed W221 looks to continue that trend as evidenced by some new interior shots released by Mercedes and spy shots of the exterior.
We'll start with the interior. Mercedes-Benz has filled the S-Class with a load of new technologies, the centerpiece being two 12.3 inch high-resolution screens. One takes the place of the gauge cluster while the other is a touchscreen for the infotainment system and climate control via Mercedes-Benz's mBrace2 - a cloud-based entertainment and information delivery system coming out later this year.
The new climate control system, called "thermotronic" features completely autonomous adjustment options for driver and passenger and "active perfuming system," as part of its to individually customize the smell of the vehicle interior. No word if the pine tree air freshener will be one of the smells.
Passengers will be coddled in the S-Class thanks to "energizing" massage (fourteen separate air bladders in the seatbacks) , active seat ventilation with reversing fans, heated seats, a heated steering wheel, and heated armrests (door and center).
Now onto the new S-Class' exterior. Road & Track got their hands on some new spy shots which show the new S-Class in the flesh and it looks to be an evolution of the current design. The new S-Class loses the flared wheel arches on the current model, but gains creases along the side similar to the CLS. Also making an appearance is a massive grille, vertical LED taillights, panoramic roof, and a trunk lid borrowed from the CL.
We'll have more information the S-Class when it makes its official debut in May.
Source: Road & Track, Mercedes-Benz