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New Mercedes-Benz S-Class Shows Self-Driving Feature

The production of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class commenced on July 3 at the Sindelfingen plant of the three-pointed star brand. The first S560 model produced by the facility showed its self-driving capability during the event.

The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class is a facelifted version of its range’s sixth-generation platform introduced in 2014. Among the notable visual upgrades of the car include the new bumpers, lighting system and radiator grille. At present, the vehicle is available in different trims including the S350d 4MATIC, S400 4MATIC, S560 4MATIC and the range-topping AMG S63 4MATIC. The non-AMG models come in long-wheelbase versions and the S560 is sold with a Mercedes-Maybach variant. Daimler confirmed that a plug-in hybrid version of the S-Class will also come out.

The self-driving feature of the S-Class was demonstrated by a S560 model. An obsidian black metallic-finish model aided by built-in cameras, radar and ultrasonic sensors drove itself for 1.5 kilometers from the assembly line to the loading area of the plant. A software governing the Intelligent Drive, Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC and Active Steer Assist made the feat possible.

In the video below, Markus Schafer, Member of the Divisional Board Management of Mercedes-Benz Cars Production and Supply Chain Management, can be seen sitting in the front passenger area of the S560. No one sat on the driver’s seat of the car as it accelerated and steered itself autonomously.

Click play in the video below to watch the demo of the self-driving Mercedes-Benz S560:

Mercedes started the sale of the S-Class in May. The price of the car starts at 88,446.75 euros in Germany (inclusive of 19% VAT). The high-performance Mercedes-AMG S63 4MATIC comes with a 160,293 euros price tag (including a 19% VAT).

The S350d 4MATIC is equipped with a 210 hp diesel-fed 3.0-liter inline-six engine. The S400 4MATIC is offered in petrol 3.0-liter inline-six engines configured to produce 250 hp and 340 hp. The S560 is equipped with a 4.0-liter V8 in 345 hp and 469 hp powertrain. The AMG variant is packing a 4.0-liter V8 in 450 hp and 612 hp trims.

New Mercedes-Benz S-Class Price Guide

Mercedes-Benz S-Klasse; (V222), 2017

Daimler just announced the sale of the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class in its Global Media Site. The car is only a facelift of its current model but it gets a new set of engines and the standard tech within the auto takes a couple of updates.

Here are the different models of the S-Class as well their respective pricing in Germany (including 19% VAT):

1. Mercedes-Benz S350d 4MATIC

The diesel-fed S-Class houses a 3.0-liter inline-six engine. The unit produces 210 hp and 600 Nm of torque. It is the most frugal when it comes to fuel consumption with its efficiency rated at 5.5 l/100 km. Then the combined CO2 emission of the auto is 145 g/km. The vehicle costs 88,446.75 euros, which is the cheapest in the bunch.

2. Mercedes-Benz S350d 4MATIC LWB

A 3.0-liter inline-six is also fitted in the longwheelbase diesel-powered S-Class. However, the power is cranked up to 286 hp. The other engine specs are the same with the standard S350d model. The vehicle is valued 91,719.25 euros.

3. Mercedes-Benz S400 4MATIC

The car is equipped with a 3.0-liter petrol inline-six engine. The unit’s output is 250 hp with 700 Nm of torque. Prepare to dish out 93,206.75 euros for this one.

4. Mercedes-Benz S400 4MATIC LWB

The 3.0-liter inline-six engine longwheelbase auto produces 340 hp and 700 Nm of torque. The price of the car starts at 96,479.25 euros.

5. Mercedes-Benz S560 4MATIC

Beneath the vehicle’s hood lies a 4.0-liter V8 engine. The output of the unit is 345 hp and 700 Nm of torque. The price tag of the product is 11,3960.35 euros.

6. Mercedes-Benz S560 4MATIC LWB

The longwheelbase version raises the power of the 4.0-liter V8 to 469 hp matched with 700 Nm of torque. The vehicle is worth 116.994.86 euros.

7. Mercedes-Maybach S560 4MATIC

The Maybach variant of the S-Class puts more touches in its luxury and comfort features. The 4.0-liter V8 of the auto can bring out 469 hp and 700 Nm of torque. The car costs 143,508.05 euros.

8. Mercedes-AMG S63 4MATIC

For now, the AMG S63 is the most powerful variant of the S-Class in the market. The 4.0-liter V8 engine of the vehicle comes in 450 hp and 612 hp configurations with 900 Nm of torque. The range-topping model is valued 16,293 euros.

Mercedes-Benz To Introduce Four Electric Vehicles By 2020

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Mercedes-Benz is looking at releasing four electric vehicles by the end of the year 2020. Sources said the company will be producing two sedans and two SUVs to comprise the first tranche of electronically powered vehicles Merc is looking at developing.

Each electric vehicle model will share the basic elements of models already part of Merc’s current lineup, but the company also promised that the models will have distinct designs to set them apart from their conventionally powered counterparts.

This move came on the heels of the German government’s announcement of sales subsidies for all EVs priced at less than €60,000, or $67,150 based on current exchange rate.

This German government policy is part of the bigger scheme to attract would-be buyers to consider EVs instead of gasoline- or diesel-powered engines.

Of course, such a decision from Merc can also be seen as the company’s attempt to keep up with the fast-rising EV market, something other automakers have taken advantage of in the past months. Tesla Model 3’s 370,000 orders certainly made an impact.

Merc has reportedly taken a €500 million expansion of their existing battery production facilities in Germany to prepare for their EV plans.

Although not a surprise, Merc’s move is still a welcome development. There are no details released regarding this new direction the company is taking, but R&D chief Thomas Weber hinted that the current C-Class and S-Class models, as well as the GLA and GLC SUVs, will be the templates for the four EVs planned.

In particular, the GLA-based SUV model will tap the reworked version of the MFA platform that Merc is already using on its B-Class Electric Drive, which is technically Mercedes’ first EV. The other three models, on the other hand, will probably use the evolved version of the MRA, which was developed particularly for electronic vehicles.

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