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Absolut. Test drive a new Mercedes S-class

"Our goal was simple - to make the best car in the world" - repeating each speaker from the podium Mercedes-Benz. Let the direct question "luck?" Representatives of the German giants modestly replied that under the class definitely new S-Class - the best I can say it for them. S-Class (W222) - this is the best car in the world pryamoseychas. There are more powerful cars, there are cars faster, more expensive cars there, but like the new flagship of Mercedes-Benz, is no more.

The smartest

The first and perhaps most importantly, what struck journalists, experts and even impress potential buyers - the number of all kinds of electronics in the new flagship sedan Mercedes-Benz. Compared with this car "smart home" is about as technologically as Nokia 3310 compared with iPhone 5. Counting on his fingers: S-Class - the world's first car that ...

Time. Has suspension, the ability to assess the condition of the roadway. Road Surface Scan Systems and Magic Body Control using stereoscopic video cameras monitor the road in front of car and depending on the quality of its own changing stiffness. Separately on each wheel. Depending on road conditions, the system can operate at speeds up to 130 km / h The only caveat - it does not operate in the "sport", only "comfort."

All this we learned from one of the creators of Magic Body Control, which is explained with a smile principle of novelty after my surprised, "How?" When the car has passed the pit is not transferring passengers to change relief road. In general, all S-classes are still equipped with an adaptive suspension with hydraulic elements that keep the body from pecks and banks. On top versions use active air suspension, which raises or lowers the body depending on the road conditions.

Two. Do not have a single bulb. Povalnyy transition to diodes - a clear trend in recent years, however, completely abandon the classical lamps up to this point none of the automakers failed. The new S-Class, depending on the equipment can be used more than 500 LEDs. Diode lights, by the way, have the function of adjusting the intensity and beam angle, they recognize the car running ahead and regulate the light so as not to blind the driver. Lights shine with varying degrees of brightness, depending on the force on the brake pedal.

Three. Can distinguish a person from an animal. The Night View Assis Plus system was supplemented by a thermal imaging camera and can now recognize in the dark pedestrians or animals in the car's path. In this case, another magic occurs, and instead of the speedometer readings, an obstacle image appears before your eyes. The detected threat is highlighted by a high beam. If the system believes that the person is ahead, she blinks the main beam several times, attracting his attention and giving the opportunity to notice the car and leave the road, and if the animal, the headlights do not enter into the matter, only the night vision camera, since the reaction of the beast to light unpredictable.

Four. Replaces a visit to the massage parlor. Seats are here 6 different massage programs. Unique one - with the effect of the action heated stones, and this is a SPA-procedure. To achieve a result engineers had to design 14 airbags built into the seat back, each of them heated. By the way, really relaxing - tested on their own experience.

With unique "chips", at first glance, everything. However, the S-Class trump W222 that even those unusual options that have already used some of the world's automakers, here performed differently, as if brought to the ideal. Time again counting on his fingers.

Five. Until recently, the main (and, frankly, one of the few) advantage of Lexus LS over its German competitors experts unanimously called the Ottoman chair, optionally installed in the Japanese sedan. In comparison with the seat that stands in the flagship Mercedes-Benz sedan, Lexus plays in the league below. The rear right seat of the S-class easily turns into a bed (the backboard deviates by 43,5 degrees, which, according to Mercedes-Benz representatives, is a record), and for the legs a special stand built into the front seat is provided. There is a minus: when you unfold the back seat, the front automatically moves forward and folds the headrest, which in turn completely covers the driver's right rear view mirror. Of course, "the driver's problems do not bother the boss," but on the other hand it directly affects safety.

Chairs generally one of the features of the new S-Class. They are heated, cooled, as I mentioned above, and massage have many bells and whistles that the installation of all cost almost 900 000 rubles (plus the price of the basic version). Oh yeah, for the money will have even heating rear armrest ...

Шесть. Now it's time to bend the fingers on the other hand. There is no usual instrument panel in the S-class. Its place was taken by 12,3-inch (my laptop has a diagonal screen smaller) monitor, on which all devices - computer-drawn graphics. To spite all the retrogrades looks very cool. For the first time such a solution we saw on the new Range Rover, but here the image is much juicier. Next to the devices is another display of the same diagonal, which is responsible for multimedia (in a British SUV, it has only a diagonal of 8 inches). The screen gives a bright, clear picture, especially its dimensions, when you use the navigation system. By the way, judging by the fact that Stuttgart engineers once again refused to use the touch screen, rumors that after some time because of complaints from customers and the general insecurity of this type of displays from them will be retracted by all automakers, they have grounds for themselves .

Seven. It highlights seven different options in the German sedan. Do all of the same Range Rover (in terms of technical progress this car is perhaps the closest to the new S-class) their 10: from bright red to purple. But Mercedes-Benz with a choice of lighting switches much more elements of light. The machine starts to glow from within. The atmosphere and the perception of interior decoration vary drastically.

Eight. Until the meeting with the S-class W222, the standard of the car audio system for me was again Range Rover with its Meridian power of 1,7 kW with 29 speakers and a subwoofer. In the flagship Mercedes-Benz in digital terms, the system is weaker. The top Burmester (+ 434 258,88 rubles to the cost of the base version) has less power - 1 520 W and 23 dynamics. Two of them, however, are located on the ceiling, which allows you to create an effect of 3D-sound. In the development of the sedan, engineers used the technology Frontbass, which allows you to install subwoofers not in the doors, but in the engine compartment (as a resonator using 40-liter volume of spars and cross bars). The same scheme applies, for example, to the Porsche 911, but on the sedan - for the first time. As a result, even the lowest-quality MP3 sound here as if sitting at the best places in the concert hall.

Nine. Finally, adaptive cruise control Distronic Plus. In general, adaptive cruise control has been used for a long time even on cars, the class is much lower. However, the advantages of Distronic Plus in detail. Earlier, for example, even on W221 cruise control in the mode of maintaining the distance to the next car could force the car to drop to 0 speed, but in order to start again, the driver had to join the case. Now, in the case of a brief (not more than a few seconds) stop, the system itself allows the car to move after the target. Plus, cruise control with brilliance reacts, for example, to a car that has been rebuilt from a nearby row: it immediately brakes and then goes back to the set distance. The coolest "chip" Distronic Plus - a system of retention in the band. She clearly holds the car in the middle of the row, focusing on the layout. Electronics can pod itself and even turn into pretty steep turns, again focusing on markup. Quite to quit control, however, will not work: once the system understands that the driver has released the steering wheel, immediately gives a signal and issues a warning asking to put his hands on the "steering wheel". You can outwit the electronics: if you hold the steering wheel with one finger, it feels loaded and quietly drives the car.

Plus, thanks to the system of cameras and radars to detect cars on the adjacent bands (and the ones that go on to pass, and those that move towards even park). In case of a threat of collision, it will beep, and if the driver does not react, she can slow down the right wheel so that the trajectory of the car was changed to secure.

The most original

Abundance of technological innovation - just one of the trump cards of the new model. Without a modern, bright design best car in the world has become, definitely.

While retaining the common body styles that are typical of all Mercedes-Benz cars without exception, the novelty nevertheless stands out from the general series. Such lights, for example, we have not seen the Stuttgart cars. The diode strip located at the top of the block and shaped like a kukri knife (the battle blade of the Nepalese Gurkha) is one of the most original elements of the front of the car. The other is the grille, which has become much larger than before, and due to the fact that it is located more vertically, it seems to be a three-dimensional one. Aggression profile is added to the body line, descending from the front to the rear, and the original punching. Slightly worse S-class looks from behind. Lanterns resemble the current generation of SL, but most importantly - from the stern the car looks much narrower, which slightly does not match the wide front end.

AMG-version of the S-Class W222 yet, but some of the submissions to the test vehicles were equipped with AMG-dodger (+ 403 262 ruble to the initial price of the model). Such a modification is distinguished by special wheels, body kit on the doorsteps, front bumper (AMG-shny has wider "nostril" inlets and a central cone shape) and a rear bumper that has no chrome strips. Definitely an option with AMG body kit looks more aggressive, but the difference is not as much as before. Stock car is quite convincing.

Visually, not so noticeable, but the new flagship Mercedes-Benz has increased in size. Korotkobaznym version, which, by the way, Russia will not be delivered at all (interesting but W222 originally built as a long wheelbase car, the short version was only later, usually all happens on the contrary), has dimensions: 5 116 mm in length, 1 899 mm width, 1 483 height (5076-1871-1473 mm - dimensions W221). Dlinnobaznaya - 5 246 mm in length, 1 899 tall, 1 483 wide (W221 - 5206-1871-1473). Wheelbase for both versions has not changed: 3 035 3 165 and mm, respectively.

The most important

Changed dimensions affected the free space inside the cabin: ceiling height above the driver's head rose 12 mm, the distance between the driver and front passenger at shoulder level - on 14 mm at elbow level - on 10 mm, the distance between the backs of the front seats and rear passengers knees - on 14 mm, the distance between the rear passengers at the shoulder - on 9 millimeters.

Travelers on the second row generally live as if in a separate world. Unique armchair, super comfort suspension, personal control panel for multimedia, curtains on windows, cooling cupholders. For an additional fee, however, you can make their trip even more comfortable. It is enough to equip the car with the following options: a refrigerator in the back of the back seat (+ 75 855,12 rubles), folding tables (+ 124 088,80 rubles), 230V socket in the rear (+ 8 307,20 rubles), a separate phone in the back armrest (+ 65 523,04 rubles) ), an individual entertainment system in the rear of the cabin (+ 165 469,04 rubles). Well, and very small options like the smoker's package (+ 5 192 ruble) you can dial another thousand on 50.

Surprises on the road

All this can be set in one of two possible options: S 400 Hybrid L and S 500 L. Versions with less powerful petrol units and diesel engines in our country has not yet come. Potential bestseller, obviously, S 500 L. His we tested. The most powerful reality flagship sedan Mercedes-Benz - it 455 l. s. (+ 20 hp.. Compared with W221) and 700 Nm of torque. Until 100 km / h the car accelerates for 4,8 s (0,2 with faster than its predecessor), the maximum speed is limited at the level expected in 250 kilometers per hour.

Power for the car, despite the weight 2 015 kg excess. Easy on the gas pedal reacts sedan sprightly acceleration, and costs only imbedded pedal at the start a little harder, work as traction control. Motor has excellent elasticity, smooth pickup virtually the entire rev range (according to the documents: the maximum torque available in a range up to 1 800 3 500 rev / min, the maximum power - on 5 250-5 500).

W222 is much more aggressive and better than its predecessor. Feedback on the "steering wheel" is wonderful: no vibrations and unnecessary interference. Despite the extended base, on the road the S-class is a collected car, delivering pleasure from driving just behind the wheel. About W221 this was much harder to say. He was rather mild. The novelty is not at all like this, although the systems protect it, not allowing to reveal the potential at 100%. We approach the turn: the gas discharge, the loading of the front axle, the entrance at a decent speed ... the stabilization system works early - the car entered the turn confidently, there was no danger and close. Abrupt braking and then a sharp acceleration on the straight line - when you have to switch directly to several steps down or up, the 7G-Tronic automatic transmission, which in usual modes works quickly and imperceptibly, thinks for a moment.

Once in a traffic jam when we rebuilt in the next number, the car worked emergency brake - emergency gang blinked and blocked the wheels so that the car got a stake. At first glance, there was no danger, but in the evening when my colleague asked about this at the developer of the system, he assured us that it was tested for 1 million kilometers, asking complicated algorithm. It can only work when the computer thinks that a collision is imminent.

Quality and expensive

Each component of the new S-Class better than its predecessor. The last argument, able to finish the most hard-nosed critic, at first glance, should serve as a price. S 500 L W222 in initial equipment costs 4 990 000 rubles. I wonder whether this is not an attempt to squeeze into the lower, less 5 000 000 rubles category recently adopted a luxury tax? The same car in the previous body can buy 5 100 000 rubles.

But this does not mean that the car has become cheaper. Empty S-classes are not taken by practically nobody. For example, the average cost of the flagship sedan Mercedes-Benz bought in 2012 (considering S-Guard and Pullman Guard) was 6 324 969,52 rubles. Meanwhile, all options (albeit with an eye on the increased manufacturability) on W222 have become more expensive. For example, the night vision system costs 140 651 ruble, the panoramic roof - 96 519 rubles, the system of adaptive road lighting - 102 749 rubles. On the predecessor, these functions can be ordered for 107 578, 82 760 and 72 377 rubles, respectively. The maximum staffed S 500 L W222 (according to the configurator on the official brand website) will cost a respectable 8 389 825,44 rubles. In this car, absolutely every option will be installed.

And again in the battle

At the moment none Audi A8, nor BMW 7-series - the eternal rivals of the big German trio - S-class are not rivals. Perhaps even in terms of driving pleasure at the wheel, and on which Audi, BMW and won before. New "seven" can be presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show already, but sales 2015 years earlier appears. To compete with the flagship Mercedes-Benz, the Bavarians will surprise the consumer with something more tangible than an interesting system ConnectedDrive. In any case, apparently, was no sooner 2015 S-Class will not slip from the podium.

This is despite the fact that the flagship Mercedes-Benz and so a bestseller in its segment across all key markets. In Russia, for example, for the year it sold 2012 1 626 S-Class, 1 371 A8 and 1 329 BMW 7-series. Not surprising if in the near future Mercedes buyers take half and leave competitors in an even more impressive lead over his pursuers. Luxury tax (multiplying factor on transport tax or 1,5 2 times depending on whether the car is more expensive 5 000 000 rubles) obstacle to this definitely will not. All true: the best car in the world - the world's best selling. At least in its class.

On materials:
Nicholas Zagvozdkin

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