The 2013 Mercedes-Benz S-Class made its web debut this week. The luxurious sedan carried the codename W222 and it is intended to give the Munich-based automaker BMW and Ingolstadt’s Audi a run for their money. The 2013 S-Class competes against the 7 Series and the Audi A8.
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It’s the sixth generation of the venerable sedan that’s been on sale since 1972, and will become available to customers in September of this year.
The new S-Class offers feature groundbreaking technologies such as a camera-based adaptive suspension, LED lighting throughout the entire vehicle, and an interior design that takes luxury to a new level. The new S-Class retains the same wheelbase dimension and length, but it is almost 300 pounds lighter thanks to a greater use of aluminum in the car’s construction.
The exterior lighting, and all lighting throughout the new S-Class, is LED, making the car the first in the world to be built without a single light bulb. Mercedes said the car uses nearly 500 LED lights.
Inside the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class brings major changes. The automaker did away with all analog gauges, instead replacing the instrument panel with a 12.3-inch digital screen which displays all the relevant information, from speed to navigation directions.
A second screen of equal size displays the vehicle’s infotainment, full navigation system and climate control.
The engine in the highest-offering S550 is a twin-turbocharged 4.7-liter V8 with 455 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.
As always, we are giving you a photo comparison against the BMW counterpart and we encourage you to tell us your thoughts in the section below.