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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 — referred to as ‘Premium by Merc’s engineers — is the more impressive of the two technologies. other serious hybrids and cars, it’s silent at low and emits only an eerie, hum.

Unlike most of its ilk, the S-Class keeps on electric power. We’re to cars such as the Toyota that run for a very a short of time at low speeds on electricity, but one is different. For the length of our short it happily remained on electric alone unless we really put the down. Mercedes says the V6 engine kicks in when the depresses the accelerator pedal by 90 or more, which we would to. The transmission between engine and is quite jerky, but that’s not for a pre-production 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 S-Class is due to go on sale in but these features won’t be from launch. The plug-in is all but ready to go; however, as we mentioned, the generation of Distronic isn’t there yet. Mercedes confirmed when either will appear on the options but our money is on around 2014 for the hybrid. Distronic is currently guess, but it’s reasonable to that it will arrive on.

Summary


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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