The new year is already right around the corner, but it seems like Mercedes-Benz Malaysia isn’t quite done with 2021 yet, as the company has just published a teaser for the all-new W223 Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan up on their Facebook page hinting at an imminent launch.
As with most teasers, there is virtually zero technical information available to the public at the time of writing, although the video does show off some of its key features.
The main highlight of the video are the all-new headlights on the S-Class, which will feature Mercedes-Benz’s new Digital Lights technology. The range-topping headlights option uses 1.3 million micro-mirrors to refract and direct more than 2.6 million individual light beams onto the road.
If you’re counting, that’s more “pixels” than your regular 1080p screen, and the genius of the Digital Lights system is the ability to project information such as warning symbols directly onto the road surface, or even highlight pedestrians on the road.
Aside from the new fancy headlights, the other main highlight of the all-new Mercedes-Benz S-Class is most definitely its new interior design, said to be inspired by lavish yachts. The dashboard is dominated by a portrait-oriented 12.8-inch touchscreen central display, which now runs on the marque’s latest MBUX software.
The updated MBUX boasts improved processing speed, new gesture-based controls and a newly-designed interface, and even comes with biometric authentication systems (fingerprint and facial recognition) to access and customise your personal settings profile.
As for powertrains, the all-new Mercedes-Benz S-Class was launched globally in September last year with four options – two petrol and two diesel mills. We’re expecting to see only the petrol engines being offered here in Malaysia, both powered by a 3.0-litre M256 turbocharged inline-six engine, making 367 hp and 500 Nm on the S 450, and 435 hp and 520 Nm on the S 500.
The 4Matic all-wheel drive system is standard on both variants, as is the EQ Boost 48V mild-hybrid system, providing an extra 22 hp and 250 Nm of motivation when needed. Paired to a nine-speed automatic gearbox, the S 450 completes the century sprint in 5.1 seconds, while the S 500 does it in just 4.9 seconds.
Other interesting features of note include the E-Active Body Control active suspension system, which uses the cameras to scan the road ahead and adjusting the suspensions on the fly in reaction to the road conditions, as well as a rear-wheel steering system that can turn the rear wheels by up to a whopping 10 degrees!
The exact specifications of our Malaysian-market Mercedes-Benz S-Class will only be available at launch, but it seems like we don’t have to wait too much longer any more.