Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) has formally launched the 2022 W223 S-Class within the nation, closing out 2021 in grand vogue with the debut of the model’s flagship mannequin. Just one variant of the seventh-generation sedan is accessible right here, and that is the S 580 e plug-in hybrid.
Ultimate pricing continues to be being decided, however in keeping with MBM, the S 580 e is anticipated to price greater than the W222 S 560 e, which went for RM659k at level of its introduction. The corporate additionally stated that it has no plans to introduce every other variant of the S-Class regionally.
At 5,179 mm lengthy (in its standard-wheelbase type), 1,921 mm huge and 1,503 mm tall, the brand new S-Class is barely bigger than its predecessor (by 54 mm, 22 mm and 10 mm respectively); the native automobile is definitely a V223 long-wheelbase model, which makes it 110 mm longer, at 5,289 mm. There’s no penalty in weight regardless of the rise in dimensions – the brand new automobile is definitely lighter by as much as 60 kg, courtesy of prolonged use of aluminium for its construction, with greater than 50% of its whole weight being made up of the fabric.
It’s additionally visually sleeker, courtesy of recent traces and design parts, which incorporates slimmer and wider trapezoidal headlamps that bear arrow-shaped LED daytime working lights and indicators. In following the style of the day (and mirroring the therapy given to the brand new E-Class), the grille has gotten a lot larger on the brand new automobile. Find it irresistible or not, there’s no denying it offers the entrance finish loads of visible presence.
The facet profile continues to be unmistakably S-Class, however the stream throughout the size is cleaner, aided by pop-up door handles (which sit flush when not used) and a personality line that has been diminished and introduced nearer in step with the window line. On the again, two-piece triangular-shaped tail lights, just like these on the CLS, give the rear a extra streamlined look, with a chrome trim piece linking the sunshine clusters to additional broaden the automobile visually.
Normal package on the Malaysian mannequin contains Digital Gentle LED headlamps, which use 1.3 million micro-mirrors to ship 2.6 million pixels of decision. In addition to growing the precision of the Adaptive Highbeam Help Plus system by over 100 occasions in comparison with Multibeam, the Digital Gentle models can regulate the beam to go well with the topography, primarily based on navigation knowledge.
For instance, they will level downwards when cresting a hill to keep away from blinding oncoming highway customers, and pivoted upwards when on the backside of a hill to keep up an optimum mild throw. As for suspension and wheels, the native S 580 e is fitted with the usual Airmatic air suspension with adaptive dampers, and rides on 19-inch multi-twin-spoke alloy wheels and 255/45 profile tyres (on the 2 launch autos, Pirelli P7s and Hankook Ventus S1 evo3 models).
The rework continues inside, the place a minimalist dashboard and redesigned air-conditioning vents – made up of two slim vertical slots on either side of the dashboard ends and 4 rectangular vents above the centre touchscreen – reduces visible muddle.
Talking of the display, it’s the focus on the entrance finish of the cabin – the Malaysian-spec S 580 e contains a 12.8-inch OLED portrait show, which has a decision of 1,888×1,728 pixels. In the meantime, the digital instrument cluster is a 12.3-inch show with a three-dimensional impact, which works by monitoring your eyes utilizing stereo cameras.
As for the MBUX multimedia system, it options Apple CarPlay/Android Auto assist and augmented actuality navigation. The native S 580 e is kitted out with a MBUX high-end rear leisure system with twin 11-inch shows, two wi-fi headsets and a full-fledged 7.0-inch Android pill, which could be docked into the rear centre armrest. Audio duties are dealt with by a Burmester 3D encompass sound system, which options 16 audio system and 760 watts of amplification.
The automobile additionally comes with MBUX Inside Assistant. Utilizing cameras within the overhead management panel and studying algorithms, it may recognise the intention of occupants and carry out an appropriate motion in anticipation.
It does so by deciphering head course, hand actions and physique language, and responds with corresponding automobile capabilities. For instance, it may recognise gestures comparable to wanting over your shoulder (the place it’s going to then open the rear sunblind for a greater view out), and it may additionally use the eye-tracking digicam to detect if you happen to’re falling asleep behind the wheel and sound a warning.
Inside trim for the native automobile consists of anthracite open-pore poplar wooden trim, with the centre console completed in black crystal, in addition to Nappa leather-based for the upholstery and steering wheel.
After all, being a limousine, there’s loads of luxe on the rear in the case of seating. The seats on the brand new S-Class have been redesigned with a flowing three-dimensional design theme, and the electrically-adjustable mutli-contour models function heating and cooling in addition to a calf therapeutic massage perform. Not that anybody is probably going to make use of it right here, however the brand new rear headrests additionally include a built-in neck hotter.
Normal package contains Keyless Go, a panoramic sliding sunroof, Thermotronic automated local weather management, wi-fi charging for cellular units at each entrance and rear of the cabin, velour flooring mats and an Air Steadiness bundle. Elsewhere, the illumination from the 64-colour ambient lighting system has been upgraded with extra LEDs (250 models, versus 40 earlier than), making it seen even in daylight.
Subsequent, the mechanicals. The variant is supplied with the identical engine as the brand new W223 S 450 petrol variant, on this case a M256 3.0 litre turbocharged straight-six. Output is equivalent, the GR unit providing 362 hp (367 PS) from 5,500 to six,100 rpm and 500 Nm of torque between 1,600 and 4,500 rpm.
Working with a 147 hp (150 PS) and 440 Nm electrical motor (initially, it was listed as 480 Nm on the automobile’s European introduction, however an replace has revised it to the present output), mixed system output is rated at 502 hp (510 PS) and 750 Nm, which is a 34 PS and 50 Nm improve from the earlier W222 S 560 e. Paired with a nine-speed 9G-Tronic automated gearbox, the S 580 e manages the 0-100 km/h dash in 5.2 seconds on the best way to a 250 km/h prime pace.
The electrical motor will get its juice from a 28.6 kWh lithium-ion battery, a unit with greater than double the capability of the one within the S 560 e. As such, all-electric journey vary has been elevated to round 100 km (WLTP cycle), and pure electrical operation is feasible at speeds of as much as 140 km/h
As normal, the S 580 e comes with an 11 kW onboard charger, which by a three-phase AC wallbox charger will take about two to 2.5 hours to get the battery to an 80% SOC. The native automobile nonetheless doesn’t include the non-obligatory DC quick charging port, so it’s the AC route solely right here.
The battery pack sits within the boot house, however measures have been taken to current a cleaner wanting boot – the rear axle has been lowered by 27 mm in comparison with different S-Class fashions, which permits the battery to take a seat decrease and eliminates the stepped flooring seen on the earlier automobile. Sadly, total quantity of the boot continues to be impacted because of the presence of the battery, the PHEV providing 330 litres versus the 550 litres out there in a petroleum or diesel variant.
When it comes to security and driver help gear, the S 580 e comes with a Driving Help bundle, with objects comparable to autonomous emergency braking with improved cross visitors and pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise management (now stopping collisions at as much as 130 km/h) and lane protecting help included within the combine.
The S 580 e is supplied with 14 airbags – except for entrance, entrance sides, driver kneebag and facet curtain (entrance/rear, built-in), rear occupants additionally get frontal rear airbags, sidebags, beltbags and an built-in seat cushion airbag for the Govt seats. The latter counteracts any potential “submarining” below the mounted seat belt within the occasion of a collision. Fairly a complement, and also you’ll need to get to a Z223 Maybach S-Class to get extra (on this case, 16 airbags).
Elsewhere, parking help comes within the type of energetic parking help with Parktronic and a 360-degree digicam. Nonetheless, the native automobile makes do with out rear-wheel steering, which isn’t on the package listing. We additionally don’t get Drive Pilot, the automaker’s Degree 3 semi-autonomous driving system.