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The new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class: a new definition of luxury

The Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is particularly suitable for chauffeured driving. A wheelbase that is 18 cm longer than that of the long variant of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is entirely to the benefit of the rear compartment

  • The highlights of the new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class

The Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is particularly suitable for chauffeured driving. A wheelbase that is 18 cm longer than that of the long variant of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is entirely to the benefit of the rear compartment. The focus is on the rear area. This is underlined by even more refined appointments. The massage function of the calf rests on the Executive seats is a new feature. The First-Class Rear has been extensively upgraded. Another comfort feature is neck/shoulder heating in the rear.

On request, the exclusive appearance of the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class can be enhanced by a two-tone paint finish with dividing line. This is applied by hand according to the highest quality criteria. Distinguishing features at the front include the distinctive bonnet with a chromed fin and the Mercedes-Maybach radiator grille with fine, vertical chrome pinstripes. The Mercedes-Maybach S-Class also differs from its sister models when viewed from the side: it features a fixed quarterlight in the C-pillar. Exclusivity is emphasised by the Maybach brand logo on the C-pillar.

On request, the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class can be equipped with electrically operated comfort rear doors. With this feature, the doors open and close with no effort at all. Its integration into the infotainment and control system MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) and Active Blind Spot Assist ensures ease of use and additional safety. The rear doors can also be operated from the driver’s seat – an important function when chauffeur-driven. In combination with the MBUX Interior Assistant in the rear, the comfort doors can be closed by a gesture of the hand, and stopped by extending an arm.

DIGITAL LIGHT technology had its world debut in small-series production of the preceding model, but is now in full series production with the new S-Class generation. This revolutionary headlamp technology (optional equipment) allows completely new functions, e.g. the projection of marking aids or warning symbols onto the road ahead. DIGITAL LIGHT has a light module with three extremely powerful LEDs in each headlamp, whose light is refracted and directed by 1.3 million micro-mirrors. The resolution is therefore more than 2.6 million pixels per vehicle.

The interior of the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is based on the completely new interior design of the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The large areas of trim on the front seats are a new feature in the Mercedes-Maybach. High-quality wood surrounds encase the rear of the front seat backrests, giving the impression of generous lounge seats. If the First-Class Rear is specified, a similarly striking area of trim is positioned between the two rear passengers.

With active road noise compensation, the interior of the already very quiet Mercedes-Maybach S-Class becomes even more hushed. In a similar way to headphones with noise suppression, the system reduces unwanted low-frequency noises using counter-phased sound waves. The sound is emitted via the bass speakers of the Burmester® high-end 4D surround sound system.

Mercedes-Benz’s coupé and cabriolet customers have long appreciated the automatic seat belt extender. Rear passengers in the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class are now the first to benefit from this convenience in the rear of a saloon. The seat belt extender is an indirect invitation to fasten the belt, and also makes the process much easier. It is no longer necessary to move from an adopted, comfortable seating position to fasten the belt. The seat belt extender is integrated into the adjustable backrest of the Executive seat, and therefore always in the right position for the passenger.

Adaptive rear lighting is celebrating its premiere in the Mercedes-Maybach. This follows the wishes of the occupants in several respects: as well as the brightness, the size and position of the light spot can be adjusted, while the light colour (warm/cold) can also be selected. There is also a wide adjustment range between precise working light and relaxing lounge light.

The second generation of MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience), the intelligent infotainment and operating system first introduced in 2018, now makes its debut in the new S-Class. The unique feature of MBUX is its networking with a wide range of vehicle systems and sensor data. Brilliant displays on up to five large screens, in part with OLED technology, make it even easier to control vehicle and comfort functions. On request, the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class can also be equipped with MBUX Interior Assist Rear.

During severe frontal collisions, the rear airbag included as standard can considerably reduce the loads acting on the heads and necks of seat belt wearing occupants on the outer rear seats. The frontal airbag for the rear seat deploys particularly gently thanks to its innovative construction using a tubular structure.

Thanks to rear-axle steering (optional equipment), the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is easy to manoeuvre, even in dense city traffic. The steering angle at the rear axle is up to ten degrees. It reduces the turning circle of the S-Class by up to two metres.

Exceptional ride comfort and agility, as well as innovative functions such as the raising of the vehicle body in the event of a side impact, are provided by the E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL active suspension, which is combined here with the standard AIRMATIC air suspension. It is able to control the spring and damper forces at each wheel individually. Together with ROAD SURFACE SCAN and the curve inclination function CURVE,
E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL makes for an extraordinary level of comfort.

It is expected that initially in Germany and from the second half of 2021, the Mercedes-Maybach will be able to drive in conditionally automated mode with the new DRIVE PILOT (optional equipment) in situations where traffic density is high or in tailbacks on suitable motorway sections. This takes the pressure off the driver, allowing them to do other things such as web browsing or attending to emails in the In-Car Office – a more effective use of time.

SOURCE: Daimler

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