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September 28, 2021

Mercedes-Benz PH Introduces 2022 S-Class For P 17.890M

Mercedes-Benz Philippines aims to redefine what automotive luxury is all about with the all-new 2022 S-Class. Already the epitome of luxury in the traditional sense—the all-new flagship sedan has become more intelligent, personalized, and digitized transforming it yet again to the segment’s benchmark.

While the exterior decidedly sticks to classical proportions, it grows considerably in every dimension. Available in long wheelbase trim, it is 34 mm longer (5,289 mm), 50 mm wider (1,954 mm), and 12 mm taller (1,503 mm). Wheelbase has also been stretched by 51 mm (3,216 mm). Yet, thanks to extensive use of aluminum (more than 50 percent of the body shell), it offers a higher level of crash safety at reduced weight.

On the subject of safety, the S-Class debuts the world’s first rear front airbag. This reduces the loads acting on the heads and necks of seat belt wearing occupants on the outer rear seats.

The local variant uses the Digital Light system. In each headlamp, Digital Light has a light module with three extremely powerful LEDs with light that is refracted and directed by 1.3 million micro-mirrors. The resolution is therefore more than 2.6 million pixels per vehicle. This allows highly precise light distribution and integrates functions such as fog lights. At each corner are 21-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, the S-Class’s interior blends digital and analogue luxury elements. The dashboard, center console, and arm rests appear to float above an expansive interior with yacht design elements. Meanwhile, designers have purposely reduced the number of controls to give it a minimalist appearance.

The lounge-like aesthetic is supported by highly ergonomic quilted nappa seats designed not just for comfort, but optimal ergonomics as well (it carries the seal of approval by the Healthy Seating campaign). Furthermore, ten different massage programs have been built in, some of which mimic hot stone treatments by cleverly using the seat heaters. In addition, the amount of adjustment for the executive rear seats (with leg rests) have been increased.

The second generation of MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) débuts in the new S-Class as well. Another milestone as the interface between the driver, passengers and vehicle: there are five screens on board, some with OLED technology. It also comes with a 710-watt, 15-speaker Burmester 3D surround sound system.

More than 50 electronic components in the new S-Class can be updated with new software over-the-air (OTA). These include the entire MBUX infotainment system, the driver display, the driving assistance systems and the lighting systems. This technology saves the customer time, as he/she does not need to visit a workshop for this purpose. Furthermore, the vehicle remains up to date throughout its lifecycle and is equipped for new features.

For the Philippine market, the 2022 S-Class comes with a 3.0-liter inline-6 making 435 horsepower and 520 Nm of torque. This is supplemented by an integrated starter-generator (ISG) that boosts the output by a further 22 horsepower and 250 Nm of torque. Mated to a 9-speed automatic driving all four wheels, 0 to 100 km/h takes just 4.9 seconds, while top speed is rated at 250 km/h.

Effortless power aside, the S-Class boasts of an innovative suspension system that ensures an impressive travel experience. The air suspension system (AIRMATIC) offers continuously adjustable damping. 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. Rear axle steering is an available option.

Initially, the all-new Mercedes-Benz S-Class will be made available in just one variant: the S 500 AMG Line in long wheelbase. Pricing depends on the exact specification requested by the customer, but the high-spec S 500 AMG Line now on display at all Mercedes-Benz Philippines showrooms costs P 17.890 million.

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