It was in February 2019 when we first saw the XXL touchscreen that will dominate the center console of the S-Class W223. Fast forward to July 2020, Mercedes is about to make it official. Before a world premiere scheduled for September, the flagship model of Daimler will be previewed on Wednesday on the online platform Mercedes me media where fans of the three-pointed star can know all about the latest products.
Even if the car will not be revealed in its entirety, Mercedes has set up a live stream which will start on July 8 at 11:30 am CEST / 5:30 am EDT. For now, all we get is the previously released teaser showing the front fascia of the new S as well as a first official preview of the tablet-like MBUX infotainment system.
Not that the outgoing S-Class W222 has many conventional controls on the dashboard anyway, but its successor will adopt an even more simplified dashboard where the touch screen will take center stage. The size of the screen is not known at the moment, although it is safe to say that it will be roughly similar to the 17-inch configuration that Tesla has in the S and X models.
Its slim size will absorb most of the functions, with the adjacent teaser showing the air conditioning settings at the bottom and a generous navigation screen in the upper section. Needless to say, the instrument cluster will also be fully digital, and these recent highly revealing spy plans have indicated that the S-Class will have an advanced head-up display. It is likely that the HUD will support augmented reality for the navigation system to reinforce the decades-old tradition of the car as a technological feat.
As for the oily bits, we know that the V12 will continue to work in the new S-Class, but only in the Maybach models because the AMG S65 does not come back. For the first time, Mercedes will sell the V12 all-wheel drive variant, while the less six- and eight-cylinder engines will adopt a mild hybrid configuration. As was the case with the W222, four-cylinder powertrains will be available in some countries.
Standard, long and extra-long wheelbases have recently been confirmed, as well as a rear steering and a level 3 autonomous system which will eventually be followed by a level 4 configuration. The new generation S will run on a completely new platform. form in development since 2015 and will be adopted by a large number of models to spread costs.
Come back Wednesday for the livestream and all the details on the redesigned interior.
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