First drive Future MercedesBenz SClass | Car Reviews | by Car…

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| First Drive | Stuttgart, | Future Mercedes-Benz S-Class |

In we drove the latest incarnation of S-Class with updated Little over a month on and muscled our way behind the wheel of could, and probably will be, the phase in Merc’s flagship car. The next S-Class is due in and throughout its lifetime we can expect to see the of a plug-in hybrid version can drive completely by itself at low

In the Metal

We can’t comment on the of the next S-Class just as the two prototype cars that we were for technology purposes so they were both current S-Class bodies.

We however, bag a ride in the sleek concept car. which was at this year’s Geneva Show and has the same plug-in system as the future S-Class — give or take a few before production. With in mind, it’s reasonable to that the next S may take on a few of the finer features. That’s a good thing.

What you get for your Money

putting a price on it is nigh-on at this stage, but it’s mentioning exactly what Mercedes is planning to include. The hybrid system features a V6 petrol engine mated to an (about 107bhp) electric It can comfortably travel on electric alone at speeds of up to 75mph a 19-mile range. The petrol kicks in to offer extra when you need it and when are working together they can as much potency as a traditional V8 engine.

As for a car that can drive itself, courtesy of the latest incarnation of Distronic adaptive cruise system. The current S-Class can a nasty collision by automatically the brakes and pre-tensing the seat before an impending shunt, but the generation takes this one further and automatically accelerates, and steers the car when following traffic at low speed. It works at a of up to 30 metres and only within a carriageway lane, so theoretically no danger of the car following a swerving who’s had one too many.

Driving it

The plug-in hybrid S-Class referred to as ‘Premium Plug-in’ by engineers — is certainly the impressive of the two technologies. Like serious hybrids and electric it’s silent at low speed and only an eerie, high-pitched

Unlike most cars of its the S-Class keeps running on power. We’re used to such as the Toyota Prius run for a very a short amount of at low speeds on electricity, but this one is For the length of our short test, it remained on electric power unless we really put the boot Mercedes says that the V6 kicks in when the driver the accelerator pedal by 90 percent or which we would testify to. The between engine and motor is jerky, but that’s not unusual for a model.

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The self-driving S-Class is undeniably but not quite there yet. To the Distronic system, you nudge the control lever upwards, tap the throttle and the car smoothly follows the in front of it. The system cut out once or while we were using it and it the driver’s hands to be on the wheel for a amount of time in order to active, so it’s not quite as as it could be. We’re in no doubt Merc will get it right or later, but the practical application is

Worth Noting

The next is due to go on sale in 2013 but these won’t be available from The plug-in hybrid is all but ready to go; as we mentioned, the next generation of isn’t quite there Mercedes hasn’t confirmed either system will on the options list, but our money is on 2014 for the plug-in hybrid. is currently anyone’s guess, but reasonable to assume that it arrive later on.


We’re all for the Mercedes-Benz plug-in hybrid. A proper car that can run on electricity alone at speed and distance is a great — especially when it the potency of a V8 engine. Great We’re less in favour of the though. It’s undeniably and futuristic, but should drivers need a car to drive for them in traffic, or should they be attention? We’ll certainly out in the next decade.

Jack Carfrae — 29 Oct

Mercedes-Benz F 800 Style
Mercedes-Benz F 800 Style

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