The all new 2014 Mercedes S Class S500 arrived in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia yesterday for the launch event. The new 2014 S-class (the V222 to the cognoscenti) reinforces its position with more dramatic styling, a more cosseting interior, and more — lots more — leading-edge technology. Mechanically, though, much of the V222 S-class is an evolution. The 4.7-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine of the mainstay S550 (badged S500 in Europe) is essentially carryover, as is the seven-speed automatic transmission. Output has crept up from 429 to 455 hp, but torque is unchanged at 516 lb-ft. As before, the S550 steps lively for such a big machine; it can gather itself up to reach 60 mph in 4.8 seconds, according to Mercedes.
Furthermore, the new S-class adds a city braking function and pedestrian detection capability and can, after warning the driver, autonomously brake to avoid a collision at speeds up to 31 mph (or mitigate a collision at speeds up to 45 mph). The new BAS Plus can detect cross traffic, warning the driver and assisting with braking to avoid a collision. Finally, Pre-Safe Plus can detect an imminent rear-end collision and can prepare for it by cinching the seatbelt tensioners and firmly applying the brakes, reducing potential for whiplash injuries and secondary crashes.[Thanks to: Mohamed Al Sulaimani]