Mercedes-Benz will unveil the updated S-Class at the upcoming Shanghai Auto Show. The flagship luxury saloon is set to get a mild facelift along with a host of tech upgrades including autonomous capabilities.
So, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class gets a mild makeover. But more importantly, it will be clever than before. The Mercedes flagship has always been a technological showcase. The new one comes with advanced driver assistance systems and will be able to drive itself.
A new Active Distance system has been developed for the S-Class. This allows the car to accelerate and brake on its own along a route programmed into its on-board satellite navigation system. The Active Speed Limit Assist system will monitor the speed limits on route and keep the car’s speed in check at all times.
The next-generation Distronic cruise control system allows for autonomous braking when turning into corners or while exiting a highway. The system also senses if the driver is trying to turn across the path of oncoming traffic and takes avoiding action.
Other features include Active Steering Assist, Active Lane Change Assist, Active Emergency Stop Assist, Active Brake Assist and remote Parking Assist functions.
The on-board Comand Online 5.5 Satellite Navigation has also been upgraded. The system works in tandem with car’s plethora of driving assists and provides digital mapping data for the car’s central brain.
Three new driving modes, Eco, Comfort and Sport, alter the way autonomous functions respond. For example, in Eco mode, the autonomous systems engage coasting function more often in order to save fuel. On the other hand, acceleration and braking characteristics will be more aggressive when switched to Sport mode.
Mercedes-Benz will continue to offer the same range of engines on the 2018 S-Class as the current model. Moreover, a hybrid version of the S-Class will arrive sometime in the near future.
Written by Tushar Kelshikar