One day after teasing the MBUX infotainment system and one day before revealing it, Mercedes offers a quick glimpse of the giant S22 W223 center screen. The standalone screen appears to be one of the largest in the automotive industry, although it doesn’t appear to be as large as Tesla’s gargantuan 17-inch configuration.
The catchy video opposite shows Markus Schäfer, a member of the board of directors of Daimler, jumping behind the wheel of the new S-Class. Not just any S, but a plug-in hybrid version with pure electric autonomy. ‘about 100 kilometers. Although it did not specify the test regime, the EV range is probably calculated on the basis of WLTP.
Not only do we see the XXL screen, but Mercedes also provides a glimpse of what we thought the S-Class had when these revealing images first appeared online a few weeks ago. We noticed a large hole in the dashboard, in front of the steering wheel, making us believe that it was a new generation head-up display with augmented reality support for navigation. That’s exactly what it is: a new HUD using the same AR technology that Mercedes has implemented in cars equipped with MBUX since the start of the last A-Class in 2018.
Although this PHEV class S prototype appears to have conventional door handles, we have seen prototypes being tested with retractable electronic handles that are flush with the doors when not in use. It remains to be seen whether they are reserved for the Maybach version or not.
The new S-Class will be unveiled gradually over the following months, leading to the big debut planned for September. It will be available with standard and long wheelbases, as well as the longer Maybach. Four, six and eight cylinder engines are planned, as well as PHEV versions and an AMG S63. The S65 does not return, but the V12 will continue to live in the S-Class of Maybach brand where it will be coupled with the 4Matic all-wheel drive for the first time.
Check back tomorrow for new details on the interior focal point – the infotainment system.