The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is an executive class car (division “F” by European standards). In addition, the car represents the flagship of the model list of cars of the German company Mercedes-Benz. The vehicle is assembled in 3 body solutions: 4-door sedan, coupe, as well as convertible. The car is rightly called the “symbol of success”.
The target audience of the Mercedes C600 is wealthy businessmen, world show business stars, as well as senior political figures. For the first time the car “S-Klasse” (from German Sonderklasse – which translates as special / extra class) was released in 1972. At that time the novelty was able to bring a whole list of innovative technologies in the world of cars. The whole model range is Mercedes-Benz.
Since that time, the Mercedes S600 has changed many generations and has continually become better in many ways, so to this day the sedan has remained a true “favorite of the elite. Every year, the car sells more than 80,000 units worldwide. At the moment, sold the 6th generation of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class body W222, which will be discussed in our article.
It was officially introduced in May 2013, and already in April 2017 the car was updated. The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class 6th generation has an elegant and imposing look, a luxurious interior, high-performance engines, and progressive “stuffing.” The sedan comes with both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive systems.
The exterior of the updated Mercedes-Benz S-Class W222 is excellent, the car looks stylish but formidable. When you see this executive car on the city road, there is a feeling of respect. German experts tried to change the appearance of sedan as much as possible in comparison with the previous version of the car.
The front of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class W222 2017 is equipped with a slightly embossed hood, on which the “nameplate” of the automobile concern is located. In this case, engineers have applied a large, stylish optics with LED filling, between which they placed a massive chrome radiator grille.
The large bumper boasts smooth lines, two small air intakes, which also received a chrome line. A similar line was placed in the lower part of the bumper. It looks like it connects the air intakes. The nose area received a moderately aggressive and impressive shape.
From 1972 to 2014, the flagship version of the Mercedes sedan has sold over 2,500,000 cars, changing six generations.
The side of the 2019 Mercedes Benz W222 premium German sedan has a deep stub line at the top and bottom. The wheel arches are not heavily swollen, but it is enough to maintain the muscularity. Traditionally, the exterior mirrors are equipped with a turn signal. Around the windows you can see the chrome trim.
The height of the ground clearance is quite average 130 millimeters. The wheelbase is 3,165 millimeters. The exterior of the updated Mercedes-Benz S-Class is elegant, monumental, balanced and incredibly solid. The car as if with its exterior hints who is “the master of life”. Given the considerable size in profile the three-volume model has a thorough, but harmonious and energetic appearance. You can also notice the long hood, as well as the arched roof line.
The stern of the Mercedes-Benz C600 2019 is quite simple, but it looks great. Specialists have taken care of stylish optics with LED filling, a large luggage compartment lid, which creates a compact spoiler with its appearance. As for the rear bumper, it also looks simple, but is equipped with two small reflectors and two perfectly inserted exhaust pipes.
The manufacturer provides an extended version of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class W222 Long, which differs slightly in size, but in all other respects looks about the same. The “AMG Line” version looks similar to the more “pimped versions”, and differs from the “base C-Class”, first of all, with a more aggressive front bumper.
When you get inside the redesigned Mercedes-Benz S-Class Generation 6, you feel like you’re in a different world. It even feels as if you are transported into the future. Almost immediately eye-catching is the abundance of huge space, as well as the unprecedented quality of the finishing materials and the quality of the assembly itself. The front area boasts superb leather seats that are electrically adjustable, memory, heated and ventilated.
These seats have a perfectly profiled profile with developed sidewalls. The seats have adjusted seating geometry, soft filling under the leather upholstery, as well as other “civilization benefits”. Immediately in front of the driver there is a three-spoke steering wheel covered with leather, wood, as well as aluminum. On the “steering wheel” itself, you can see a scattering of keys that allow you to control the multimedia system remotely.
The steering wheel can be adjusted electrically, so anyone can find the optimum steering wheel position for themselves. Behind the steering wheel of the Mercedes-Benz S600 Generation 6 there is a 12-inch screen, which displays the necessary information for the driver.
The four-door sedan with the index W222 was the first in the world of passenger cars, which has all-LED lighting outside and inside.
As for the center console, the developers found a place for a 12-inch display that supports touchscreen controls. This screen is responsible for the entertainment unit, as well as the navigation system. On it you can also set up for yourself the climate system, massage and other things. Below the 12-inch bright screen, there are four round ventilation system deflectors, as well as a stylish analog clock.
In addition, there is a place for the buttons to adjust the temperature mode of the separate “climate”, the parking system in the automatic order, and so on. The designers paneled the whole dashboard with high quality, using luxury leather. But apart from leather there is a lot of wood. The tunnel has got a lot of wood and compartments for small items. Mercedes engineers haven’t forgotten about cup holders, but the most unusual is located under the driver’s hand.
There are a lot of keys for the multimedia system, as well as buttons, which adjust the suspension. It is possible to notice the phone and the washer. Nearby it is possible to notice a washer, which adjusts the volume. In general, it will not be boring. On the back row there is the same as on the first row. In addition to this, the second row of seats stands out with a lot of free space.
German engineers have provided a button, with which you can fold down the seat of the passenger sitting in front, as well as extend the footrest. The second row will perfectly accommodate only two adults, as the person sitting in the center will obviously be unhappy with the high floor tunnel. Between them there is room for a comfortable and massive armrest, which has cup holders and a variety of keys for some functions.
Luggage compartment of the sixth generation of Mercedes-Benz S-Class has received rather average volume – 510 liters of useful space. But there is almost flat floor and walls, and it is finished with expensive finishing materials. Under the raised floor the Germans have placed one more voluminous niche, but you can not find the spare wheel there.
Speaking in general, the interior of Mercedes-Benz S-class W222 has received a rich architecture, pompousness, impeccable ergonomics, the highest quality of assembly, as well as exclusively premium finishing materials (good plastic, aluminum and so on).
For our country Germans have provided four engines, which run on both gasoline and diesel fuel. Gasoline list starts with the Mercedes-Benz S450, and the S450 4Matic. It is equipped with a V-shaped six-cylinder 3.0-liter gasoline powertrain that has a turbocharger, direct injection, a 24-valve timing system, and variable valve timing.
As a result, this variant produces 367 horsepower (500 Nm). The engine meets environmental standard Euro-6. Then there is a modification S560 4Matic. It already comes with a gasoline 4.0-liter V8 engine with two turbochargers, direct “feed” system, 32-valve gas distribution mechanism, as well as variable valve timing technology.
As a result, this “engine” generates 469 horsepower (700 Nm). Gasoline powertrains require 8.2-8.9 liters per every 100 kilometers.
For fans of diesels Germans have provided a variant S350d 4Matic. It has a six-cylinder 2.9-liter engine with inline architecture, bi-turbocharging, direct fuel injection, valve lift control system, as well as a 24-valve timing system. As a result, the diesel engine develops 249 horsepower (600 Nm).
In addition, the S400d 4Matic version is available. It is equipped with the same engine that goes on the last family, but in our case it generates 340 horsepower (700 Nm). To accelerate to the first hundred the car will need 4.6-5.8 seconds (depending on what modification), and here the maximum speed will not exceed the mark of 250 kilometers per hour (limited by electronics). For diesels, it will need 5.5-5.7 liters for each hundred kilometers of travel in the combined mode.
All powertrains work together with a nine-band automatic transmission, as well as an all-wheel-drive 4Matic system (except the standard gasoline unit – it transmits all torque to the rear wheels only). The all-wheel-drive system has a cylindrical inter-axle differential, which by default transmits torque between the axles in the proportion of 45/55.
As the basis for the Mercedes-Benz S-Class W222 Germans decided to use a radically modernized “bogie” from the last generation, which implies a longitudinally arranged power unit. Almost the entire front end of the spatial structure is made of aluminum. In addition, aluminum is used on the roof, doors, front fenders, hood, as well as the luggage compartment lid.
There are independent suspensions on all wheels (double wishbone design in the front and multi-linkage design in the rear), which have pneumatic elements. The adaptive damping system and automatically adjustable ground clearance are also in constant operation, depending on the speed at which the vehicle is travelling. Optionally, you can also equip your trike with the Magic Body Control hydro-spring chassis with Curve mode.
In this mode, with the help of hydraulic supports the body tilts inward during a curve by up to 2.65 degrees, which positively affects the level of comfort of passengers sitting behind. In the basic version the new German sedan Mercedes-Benz S-Class 6 generation has rack and pinion steering mechanism as well as electromechanical power steering with variable characteristics.
As a braking system, the big car is equipped with ventilated disc brakes (the front discs have a diameter of up to 370 millimeters and the rear discs have a diameter of up to 360 millimeters). “Brakes” work together with many advanced electronic systems.
The German company says that with the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class 6 Generation you can feel completely safe and surrounded by care. Thus, the novelty has a projection display, which allows to display the most important information for the driver in the field of vision. This allows the driver not to be distracted from the road. The new sedan also boasts MULTIBEAM LED headlights with ULTRA RANGE high beam.
Inside these optics there are separately adjustable LEDs, which instantly respond to the current situation on the road. Partial high beam “bypasses” identified road users. Also German engineers have installed the PRE-SAFE Impulse technology. During the initial stage of the collision the seat belts press the driver and front passenger to the seat harder.
During the maximum loading their tension relaxes little by little. It turns out that with the help of this system the probability of injury is significantly reduced. In addition, the sedan is equipped with an active emergency braking system that helps to prevent collisions with vehicles in front.
The technology also recognizes pedestrians crossing the road and can mitigate the consequences of an accident. It warns of approaching a dangerous object and collision, can apply the braking system, depending on the current situation and stop the car completely. When there is a strong side wind on the road, side wind technology comes into play to help keep the car in its intended lane.
Targeted braking impulses significantly improve directional stability. The ATTENTION ASSIST system improves driving safety, especially during long journeys and at night. Engineers have taught the electronics to analyze the driver’s behavior while driving. If he reveals typical signs of fatigue and inattention there will be visual and audible signals.
With the help of road sign recognition technology, overall safety is improved. The system has been taught to recognize and display speed limits, passing and overtaking bans. In addition, the system also understands signs that cancels bans. In urban areas, you will be helped by an improved parking assistant. It has a rear camera, an all-around video camera, and also allows you to control the car from a special app on your smartphone.
Options and prices
It is clear that such a quality German car will cost a lot. The base complete set is evaluated not less than 70574,74 euros. It can boast of excellent equipment:
- Leather upholstery;
- Electrically adjustable seats with memory;
- Technology that knows how to recognize road signs;
- Hill-start assist;
- Climate control;
- Start/Stop system;
- Navigation system;
- Excellent “music Bang Olusfen;
- Cruise Control;
- Light and rain sensors;
- LED optics;
- Fog lights;
- Six airbags;
- 18-inch light-alloy rollers;
- Electronic systems ABS, ESP, ASR;
- Heated front seats;
- Virtual dashboard combination;
- Air suspension and more.
Judging by the reviews of owners of Mercedes-Benz S-Class W222, the car is one of the best, comfortable and convenient. The car is big, comfortable. It is comfortable to sit both on the front seats and on the rear ones. There is enough free space. The owners of the 6th generation of Mercedes-Benz S-Class like very much the work of air suspension.
The sedan is perfectly controlled and holds the road well. Dynamics is at a good level. Safety is one of the best in class. Enjoys the quality assembly, expensive finishing materials and pleasant interior lighting. Despite the class, there is a roomy luggage compartment.
Pros and cons
- Modern, solid appearance;
- Quality optics;
- Large wheels;
- Large, roomy interior;
- Comfortable seats with good side support;
- Expensive decoration materials;
- Quality assembly;
- 2 modern large color displays;
- Nice interior illumination;
- Large trunk;
- Powerful power units;
- Good gearbox;
- Front and all-wheel drive versions are available;
- Pneumatic suspension;
- Plenty of electronic aids and systems;
- High level of safety;
- Rich basic equipment.
Cons of a car
- High cost;
- Low ground clearance;
- Not the cheapest maintenance;
- Needs quality (expensive) fuel.
To summarize, we can say that the Mercedes S-Class in the 222nd body is simply chic. All the comfort, safety and convenience has transferred from the previous generations to the 6th family. The car is distinguished by its appearance, high-quality optics, comfortable pneumatic suspension, a huge number of electronic aids, quality of workmanship and pleasant trim materials.
Despite its status, the car is quite frisky, so fans of “drive” will appreciate the German novelty. It is felt that Mercedes-Benz company makes a big bet on the new S-Class model with W222 body.
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