Within the luxury segment, no other model is as eagerly anticipated as a new S-Class, which is acknowledged by many to be the quintessential flagship saloon. While its tristar badge is undoubtedly attractive, the car’s stellar reputation for space, refinement and technology is also an equally big draw.
At first glance, it would seem that the latest S-Class is no different from its predecessor, for its overall shape remains similar. But to keen observers, the new notchback boasts a much stronger road presence. The grille, for instance, is much bigger, while the headlights and front bumper are more aggressive than before. Complementing these are the stronger shoulder lines and curvier rear end, the latter providing a soft contrast to the otherwise edgier design.
This increased presence isn’t just visual – it’s dimensional, too. Measuring 5246mm from end to end, the new S-Class (which is only available here in the long-wheelbase bodystyle) is 17mm taller, 28mm wider and 20mm longer than the previous model. Interestingly, however, the car’s 3165mm wheelbase remains unchanged.
But once you step inside and settle into the rear seats, you’ll discover that there’s really no need to extend the wheelbase. Legroom is very generous, and despite the presence of a sunroof, the headroom is also more substantial than in the older model. As expected, these seats are so comfortable that you’d probably fall asleep in them if you were being chauffeured.
Towkays who prefer to do their own driving, on the other hand, are in for a shock, because the S-Class’ cockpit is likely to be the most futuristic one they’ve ever seen. The steering wheel, for instance, is a two-spoke number, while the dashboard is dominated by a pair of 12.3-inch LCD screens. One screen displays the instrument panel, while the other shows the infotainment system.