On the 3rd, Mercedes-Benz Korea unveiled the price and main specifications of the 7th generation new S-Class (W223). Since its first launch in 1951, the S-Class is a model that has sold more than 4 million units worldwide for 70 years and has been evaluated as the standard of the segment, and has enjoyed steady popularity with an average of 10,000 units sold annually in the domestic market.
Domestically released trims are equipped with a variety of convenience specifications and cutting-edge new technologies with four lineups: S350d, S400d 4MATIC, S500 4MATIC, and S580 4MATIC. In addition, consumers’ choices have been expanded with two exterior designs, seven different wheels, and ten colors.
3 engines and 2 appearances
The new S-Class, which will be officially released in the first half of the year, has a total of four lineups based on two gasoline engines and one diesel engine.
The S350d and S400d 4MATIC are powered by a 3.0 liter in-line six-cylinder OM656 diesel engine. The S350d has a maximum output of 286 horsepower and a maximum torque of 61.2kg.m, and the S400d 4MATIC has a maximum output of 330 horsepower and a maximum torque of 71.4kg.m. The performance of the S350d is the same as that of the previous S-Class (W222), and the S400d 4MATIC has a 10 horsepower reduction compared to the old one.
The S500 4MATIC is equipped with a 3.0 liter in-line six-cylinder M256 gasoline turbo engine with a maximum output of 429 hp and a maximum torque of 53.1 kg.m. Add to this an EQ boost based on a 48V mild hybrid system. The EQ boost that works during acceleration can deliver up to 21 horsepower and 25.4kg.m more.
The S580 4MATIC is equipped with a 4.0 liter V8 M176 biturbo engine with a maximum output of 503 hp and a maximum torque of 71.4 kg.m. Like the S500 4MATIC, a 48V mild hybrid-based EQ boost that assists engine power is combined, and the same powertrain will be used for the Mercedes-Maybach S580 4MATIC, which will be released in the second half of the year.
Apart from this, Mercedes-Benz Korea plans to add a plug-in hybrid (PHEV)-based high-performance AMG S63e to its lineup next year, as well as the Maybach S680 equipped with a V12 engine.
11 types of sheet only
The new S-Class also has a wealth of interior and exterior design options. In particular, there are 11 types of leather seat options.
The appearance of the new S-Class is composed of two designs: standard and AMG line. In addition, the three trims (S400d 4MATIC, S500 4MATIC, S580 4MATIC) excluding the S350d are standard with a long wheelbase model.
The exterior color comes in nine colors, including Obsidian Black. If you include the Digino option, Diamond White, there are a total of 10 color options. In addition, you can choose from seven wheels, including three 19-inch and 20-inch wheels and one 21-inch wheel.
There are also plenty of interior material options. There are 11 types of seats, including 3 types of natural leather, 3 types of nappa leather, and 5 types of exclusive nappa leather, and there are 6 types of trims that can decorate the door trim and dashboard, including carbon and wood grain. You can also choose from three steering wheels: leather, wood grain blend, and sports steering wheel.
Air suspension is standard, rear wheel steering is optional
The 7th generation S-Class is also rich in cutting-edge new technologies. Preferred specifications, including airmatic suspension, were applied to the front trim, and rear wheel steering functions can be selected through additional options.
The S-Class basically applied airmatic suspension, digital light, 3D cluster, 12.8-inch OLED display, 360-degree camera-based parking package, and augmented reality navigation. In addition, the driving assistant package plus with advanced driving assistance systems, a fingerprint scanner that can load driver profiles, and magic vision control that actively sprays washer fluid depending on the driving situation are also common.
The rear axle steering, which can steer the rear wheel up to 10 degrees, and the MBUX interior assistant, which can control the seat, lighting, and sunroof, are provided as options on all trims. In addition, the energizing package that controls the air conditioning system according to the driver’s condition, driving route and traffic conditions, and the belt bag, a seat belt with an airbag built in, are operated as options on all trims except the S580 4MATIC.
Two-row specialization is also abundant
It is also noteworthy that the specifications of a variety of second-row units that fit the flagship sedan. Most product lines, such as reclining function, audio system, and rear seat monitor, are focused on the S500 4MATIC and S580 4MATIC, which are the top lineups.
Two row electric seats are provided in all trims including the S350d. The seat back can be adjusted up to 37 degrees, and a total of three seat positions can be stored using the memory function. Heat wire, ventilation, and functions are also installed.
Convenience is further enhanced by selecting the rear seat comfort package (S580 4MATIC standard, S500 4MATIC option).
An electric headrest cushion that operates in 6 directions is added, and a heated wire that supports neck and shoulder heating functions is also included. Through the pre-safe system, the pressure of the air chamber in the seat is increased and the occupant is closely attached to the seat to relieve the impact of the occupant in an emergency.
With the addition of the executive seat and shopper package (S580 4MATIC standard, S500 4MATIC option), the backrest angle can be adjusted up to 43.5 degrees with the push of a button. In addition, leg and foot rest, passenger headrest adjustment function, and rear seat monitor are also added. A 7-inch tablet that allows vehicle control from inside and outside and a wireless headset with noise canceling function are also available on the S580 4MATIC and S500 4MATIC.
The Boumester high-end 4D surround sound system with 31 speakers and five sound modes is available as an option on the S580 4MATIC. You can experience 3D stereoscopic sound through 6 broadband speakers, and it further enhances the call quality when setting the driver mode. The VIP seat function, which optimizes the sound of individual seats, was also applied.
The price of the new S-Class is set at KRW 140.6 million for the S350d, KRW 160.6 million for the S400d 4MATIC, KRW 188.6 million for the S500 4MATIC, and KRW 218.6 million for the S580 4MATIC, and will be officially released in the first half of the year.
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