Setting a new benchmark for luxury

Published October 11, 2021, 5:33 PM

by Inigo Roces

Mercedes-Benz S 500 4MATIC

The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class

The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class is reshaping luxury with innovations that focus on people. The new S-Class, now on its seventh generation, introduces contemporary and individual mobility innovations to become more thoughtful to its passengers, more in tune with its driver and everyone inside the car, and more protective of those within or even near its elegant presence.

The state-of-the-art vehicle was unveiled via a virtual launch held on the official Facebook and YouTube page of Mercedes-Benz Philippines. Auto Nation Group, Inc (ANG), the official importer and distributor of Mercedes-Benz vehicles in the country, demonstrated all of its highlights in detail.

Unmistakable form

With a reputation as a design icon, the S-Class continues to be a testament of timeless elegance and sophistication. The S-Class retains its classical sedan form with perfect proportions while growing its dimensions. It features a long bonnet, short overhang, long wheelbase, flowing C-Pillar and balanced rear overhang.

The face of the new S-Class highlights the way forward in the dark with its innovative Digital Light Headlights with its new ‘three-dot design’. These headlights represent one of the amazing innovations with more than one million pixels per headlamp that provide optimal lighting for every situation while driving. Thus, further enhancing the safety and visibility for you and others on the road.

Over on the side, the long wheelbase and AMG Design line help underscore the expressive character of the car. The seamless door handles are a completely new development. The doors will automatically extend when you approach the car and retracts when the doors are locked.

It rolls on massive 21-inch multi-spoke AMG wheels. This new exterior defines the brand’s distinct design philosophy of ‘sensual purity’ in its most modern form.

Leaving a lasting impression, the S-Class’ rear has got it too. The broad emphasis of the tail end is highlighted by the new two-piece horizontal taillamps, with a pleasing 3D-like display, sequential indicator lamps, two visible exhaust tail tips, and a rear diffuser. All these combine to create the more modern appeal of the new S-Class.

Inviting interior

The interior of the S-Class — another benchmark of luxury — is expansively inviting. The moment you enter the car, you’ll immediately be greeted with the warm feeling of home. Comfort is an absolute priority in the new S-Class, one that can be enjoyed by every passenger.

The interior can be experienced with almost all senses – sight, touch, hearing, and smell. The executive seats are swathed in the finest exclusive nappa leather, and the elegant diamond patterns further elevate the experience of contemporary luxury.

For those passengers seated at the rear, they can simply recline the electric seats, extend the leg rests, and give themselves a relaxing massage. The S-Class offers the feeling of flying first-class with spacious, comfortable, and highly adjustable executive seats.

Technology at your fingertips

The new S-Class is more interactive than ever, with everything accessible from your seat. It brings the Mercedes-Benz User Experience to each passenger at the back with its high-end rear seat entertainment system and two fully integrated 11.6-inch touch displays with a brilliant graphic quality. They’re paired with the crisp and powerful 3D sound quality of the Burmester 3D surround sound system with 15 speakers and a total system output of 710 watts.

With all these features at the rear seat, passengers can watch movies or simply browse the internet from the comfort of their own seats. It can be easily controlled by touch through the MBUX rear tablet just in the arm rest or by simply saying, “Hey Mercedes” and ask it to give you a hot stone massage.

And to add to the luxury experience, passengers can access a refrigerated compartment by the center of the arm rest, keeping drinks cold even if temperatures might rise outside.

Then there’s the Active Ambient Lighting. It provides a serene ambiance to suit each passenger’s mood while on the move with lights strips that appear seemingly out of nowhere, and are conspicuously located in the instrument panel, continues along the doors, and into the rear. It increasingly boosts a feel-good vibe while on the road while also enhancing the passenger’s safety by showing visual warnings of any danger.

Intelligent drive

The design and innovation continues in the front, making driving the S-Class a pleasurable experience as well. Its interior architecture is inspired by a yacht-like design, equipped with exquisite materials and fine surfaces.

Behind the wheel, the driver is greeted by an atmosphere of pure luxury. Loaded with state-of-the-art technology and innovation. It can recognize a fingerprint, remember personal settings, and responds to your natural voice.

The slim and elegant 12.3-inch OLED touchscreen is the centerpiece of the S-Class’ cockpit. Its MBUX system is also smarter and continues to learn as it’s used.

Driving an S-Class also means confidence on the road with a sense of perfect control. Everything is well positioned and driver-oriented, either at a hand’s reach or with the command of your voice. It has a host of driver assistance systems such as the Active Distance Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Brake Assist, Active Parking Assist, and a whole lot more that make for a semi-autonomous driving experience for the driver. Everything is about minimalism and ease of use.

With the car’s size and weight, the new S-Class is definitely no slouch. Its three-liter, inline six-cylinder engine with 4MATIC all-wheel drive now has an EQ Boost mild-hybrid system, and puts-out 435 horsepower and 520 newton meters of torque. It’s more than enough to power through the streets of the metro, and cruise along on gentle long drives. This is mated with a nine-speed automatic transmission with seamless gear changes, all conveniently controlled by the Direct Select gear lever ergonomically located just by the steering wheel.

Adding to the driving dynamics are five different driving modes activated with the Dynamic Select switch. They’re paired with the Airmatic air suspension that helps the new S-Class react to the harshest roads while still retaining a smooth ride.

Superior safety

True to its commitment, Mercedes-Benz delivers the best or nothing when it comes to safety. It sets a benchmark with its intelligent rear seat airbag for frontal impacts. Thanks to being comprehensively equipped with a range of innovative safety and assistance systems, the new S-Class can provide palpable stress relief and support, while helping to avoid hazardous situations. It provides all-round monitoring of the vehicle’s surroundings by the new PRE-SAFE Impulse system.

Even during a pandemic, it levels up protection with its whole cabin air filtration, ionizations, and fragrancing. Passengers can breathe in clean and fragrant air. Everything was well thought of to ensure that every journey is relaxing and pleasant, with the highest level of confidence that the S-Class cares for you.

“The new S-Class has undergone the most extensive refinement process in the history of Mercedes-Benz,” said Frankie Ang, Chief Operating Officer at Auto Nation Group, Inc. “The brand did to the new S-Class what it does best – putting the customers in the center. It can now be experienced with all the senses – seeing, feeling, hearing, and smelling – while offering impressive innovations in the areas of driver assistance, protection, and interaction.

The new S-Class is a car that cares at every level, working with you and thinking ahead, always with your wellbeing at heart. Because everything that matters most to you, matters now more than ever to the S-Class.

The new S-Class is available for viewing in all Mercedes-Benz Dealerships at: Mercedes-Benz EDSA-Greenhills, Mercedes-Benz Bonifacio Global City, Mercedes-Benz Alabang, and Mercedes-Benz Cebu. Rest assured that strict health and safety protocols are implemented for a worry-free visit. You may also visit the online showroom at for more details.