Mercedes-Benz is demonstrating its innovative strength at this year’s Auto Shanghai. With the new S-Class, the inventor of the automobile is opening up a whole new dimension of driving. The Concept A Sedan show car provides a glimpse of the next generation of the successful compact cars bearing the three-pointed star. And celebrating its Asia premiere is the extensively redesigned GLA compact SUV.
Mercedes-Benz’s appearance at this year’s Auto Shanghai is headlined by the world premiere of the new S-Class. A host of innovations in efficiency, comfort and automated driving make the best car in the world even better. With the new S-Class, the inventor of the automobile is opening up a whole new dimension of driving and underscoring its position as the leading manufacturer in the luxury automobile segment. Also celebrating their world premieres are the latest versions of the Mercedes-AMG S 63 4MATIC+ and the Mercedes-AMG S 65.
“Innovation has been synonymous with the S-Class for decades. It has been a pioneer in the standards it has set for all classes of vehicle,” says Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. “The new S-Class follows on seamlessly with features such as its safety technology and automated driving functions.”
The DISTRONIC active proximity control, for instance, and the Active Steering Assist appear with new and modified functionalities. ROAD SURFACE SCAN and the CURVE tilting function are further highlights of the new S-Class. With these and other intelligent features, the new luxury saloon marks another major step towards autonomous driving. Further developed camera and radar systems with a range of up to 250 metres now enable temporary automated driving even off-highway. Mercedes-Benz is now also using map and navigation data to calculate driving style.
The new S-Class is powered by all-new six-cylinder inline engines and an equally new V8 biturbo petrol engine. Furthermore, Mercedes-Benz is planning a plug-in hybrid with an electric range of around 50 kilometres.
The new S-Class also sets new benchmarks in terms of comfort. ENERGIZING comfort control marks the arrival of a world first. It networks a variety of different comfort systems, individually adapting the likes of climate control, ambient lighting and massage or fragrance functions to the mood and needs of the vehicle’s occupants. They are treated to a personalized, multidimensional sense of wellness which helps them arrive at their destination more relaxed and energized than when they set off.
Asia premiere for the facelifted Mercedes-Benz GLA
Celebrating its Asia premiere is the extensively revised GLA compact SUV, with an expanded engine line-up, targeted visual accents to the interior and exterior design and updated equipment and trim variants.
“China is the most important SUV market for Mercedes-Benz and the new design of GLA embodies our SUV DNA in its most compact form,” said Hubertus Troska, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Greater China. “Moreover, the current locally produced GLA model is well-received by Chinese customers: a proven evidence of our success in China commitment. Our compact car family will continue to be an important contributor to the further success of our brand – both in China and globally”, said Hubertus Troska.
With the Concept A Sedan study, yet another world premiere at Auto Shanghai, Mercedes-Benz is also providing a glimpse of the next generation of its successful family of compact cars. The study has a purist design with strong surfaces and minimalist lines, and represents the next iteration of the Mercedes-Benz design language.
New in China – the successful 43 models from Mercedes-AMG
In Shanghai, Mercedes-AMG continues its anniversary journey through its 50 years of sustained success. To mark its 50th anniversary, Mercedes-AMG is now launching its successful 43 series models in China, too. They combine elegantly sporty design with the brand’s signature Driving Performance and the benefits of an SUV in terms of seating position, interior variability and traction away from made-up roads.
The launch of the 43 models is marked by the Asia premiere of the special editions: the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC Special Edition, the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC Coupé Special Edition, the Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Special Edition and the Mercedes-AMG E 43 4MATIC Special Edition.
smart is showcasing its smart forfour crosstown edition for the first time in Shanghai. The crossover model for city driving offers ample space and an eye-catching outdoor look with special body panels and distinctive sills.
Source: Daimler AG