2013 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Overview
The luxurious flagship 2013 Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan comes offers the pinnacle of luxury. For 2013, the S-Class adds more standard features, as the S350 Bluetec 4matic, S400 Hybrid and S550 models get the Premium 2 option package as standard. It adds helpful technology like parking assistance, a backup camera, and keyless-go with push-button start, as well as massaging front seats with adjustable comfort head restraints.
To travel inside the S-Class is to be pampered. Chrome and wood accents give the cabin a classy feel. As opposed to a console-located gearshift, the driver selects Park, Drive and Reverse via a stalk on the right side of the steering column. Drivers who wish to manually control the automatic transmission can use shift paddles on the steering wheel. Interior features include standard heated and ventilated front seats. The Comand system adds a 7-inch dash screen and center-console control knob. The split-view dashboard screen performs a neat trick; it can show different content at same time to the driver and passenger. Available features include massaging front seats, power-adjustable rear seats with heating and ventilation, premium stereo, and rear entertainment system
In addition to the hybrid V-6 and diesel V-6, available engines include two V-8s and two V-12s, all of which team with automatic transmissions. The S400 Hybrid has a 3.5-liter V-6 and a seven-speed automatic with a total system output of 295-hp. S350 models get a 240-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V-6 and a seven-speed automatic, while the S550 features a new 429-hp, 4.6-liter direct-injection V-8 and drives a seven-speed automatic. The S600 powered by a 510-hp, twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-12 and features a five-speed automatic. Topping off the S-Class lineup are a pair of AMG models. The S63 AMG has a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 that makes 536 hp, works with a seven-speed automatic and includes a start/stop feature, while the S65 AMG takes things even further with a 621-hp, twin-turbo 6.0-liter V-12 and a five-speed automatic.
Safety features include Mercedes-Benz's Pre-Safe system, which can tighten the front seat belts, close the sunroof and side windows, and adjust passenger seats for optimal safety when the system senses an impending collision. The S-Class can also get Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control and Pre-Safe Brake. Pre-Safe Brake works in conjunction with Distronic Plus radar signals and can slow the car automatically to lessen the severity of a collision. Other safety features include side curtain airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, active front head restraints, electronic stability system. Safety options include a lane departure warning system, driver-drowsiness monitor, infrared night-vision system, and active body control with crosswind stabilization.