Apart from its eight airbags and the tank-like strength of its body shell, the new S-Class also comes with more class-leading technical innovations
For Mercedes drivers, S is for safety Beyond cosiness: the S-Class has gained a reputation not just for supreme ride comfort but also for setting safety standards, like the Pre-Safe preventive system

FOR the past 50 years, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class has gained a reputation not just for supreme ride comfort but also for setting new active and passive safety standards, like the Pre-Safe preventive occupant protection system. This latest model is no different.

Apart from its eight airbags and the tank-like strength of its body shell, the new S-Class also comes with more class-leading technical innovations.

Here are three of them:

Distronic Plus

An improved version of the distance control system, it employs radar sensors located behind the trademark grille and in the front bumper. These calculate the proximity of the vehicle in front and bring the S-Class to a halt when necessary. When there is more distance, the brakes are released and the S-Class will accelerate up to the driver's specified speed.

Night View Assist

This option involves infrared head-lamps and a cockpit display enhancing the driver's night-time visibility. The range of vision is improved by allowing drivers to recognise pedestrians or road hazards earlier than with conventional low-beam head lights.

Brake Assist Plus

This radar-based system is an option which recognises a potential rear-end collision and helps the driver in an emergency braking situation. It enhances the standard feature Pre-Safe, which calculates the risk of an accident and takes anticipatory measures to reduce occupant injury by tightening seat belts and optimising seat positions.