New S-Class Models Provide Real Taste of Sci-fi Tech
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The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class is arriving soon – 2012 to be specific. According to reports, the new model will come in four different versions, all falling under the codename “W222”. It’s an attempt by the German car manufacturing giant to fill in a much bigger area of the premium vehicle segment with four bodystyle options, namely the standard wheelbase salon, an extended wheelbase salon, a coupe to replace the current CL model, and a four-seat top down.
Now, you might ask if “Isn’t that a little too many S-Class models?”
We might agree with you on that, but the thing is, you can’t stop a good
thing from happening. Mercedes-Benz is simply playing around with their
brand new set of MRA parts. MRA, short for Mercedes Rear-wheel drive
Architecture, can be divided into 93 unique modules. That’s how flexible
the company’s design matrix is. And so, you can expect a lot more
rear-drive models coming out in the near future.
The main highlight of the next batch of S-Class models is the front
suspension design. It’ll be featuring Mercedes-Benz’s all-new four-link
system that’ll make steering, braking and damping forces fully
independent of one another, while the rear will be featuring an improved
version of the old, tried-and-proven multilink arrangement. Yes, air
springs will be standard, albeit the ABC anti-roll function will fetch
an extra few dollars.
Also look out for Mercedes-Benz’s MBC, or Magic Body Control system.
It uses a pair of cameras to monitor the road and instructs the vehicle
to compensate the control systems for surface irregularities. Kind of
like KITT from Knight Rider. And don’t forget the MLC, or Magic Light
Control system, which dynamically controls the full LED headlamps based
on the vehicle’s speed, steering angle and weather conditions.
Sounds too good to come true? You better believe it.
Source: Car Magazine