Mercedes-Benz will expand S-Class series to cover Maybach’s absence

Article by Anita Panait, on January 13, 2012

Mercedes-Benz will expand its S-Class series to fill the gap left by axed ultra-exclusive Maybach brand, according to Dr. Uwe Ernstberger, project leader of the carmaker’s newest series. Mercedes will begin selling its S-Class series next year, and will offer new variants of the car. The S-Class series is fitted with a nine-speed automatic transmission and cameras that 'read' the road surface, then adjust the car’s suspension accordingly for improved ride quality.

Ernstberger said that since the next generation receives multiple technical features, the range has to be widened to accommodate this. He added, “We can go in more directions with it.

The series’ project leader confirmed that Mercedes is planning for a “short- and long-wheelbase versions,” implying that a super-long “Pullman” or cabriolet variant of the S-Class series will soon be sold in the market, says WhatCar.

The company reportedly has given the go signal for the debut of a drop-top S-Class in 2014. Ernstberger also confirmed that several of the technologies presented in the new SL and E300 and E400 Hybrids at Detroit Auto Show will be fitted the S-Class. Mercedes is phasing out the Maybach due to underperformance.

Maybach’s powerful and commanding presence still lingers on after the upgrades. The most noticeable of all the changes is the new chrome grille, which further enhances its domineering character on the road. However, this particular Mercedes Benz saloon has a distinctive grille design. For example, the Maybach 62 and Maybach 57 are equipped with twenty longitudinal bars.

The 57 S and 62 S meanwhile have 12 double louvers with shadow struts. But most of all, these arrow-shaped grilles are also placed higher and now come with much bigger dimensions than before.

Besides putting on a stronger and powerful aura, the refurbished Mercedes Benz Maybach is now sporting the new LED daytime driving lights with additional chrome accents. So that means that the chrome madness doesn’t end at the grille. The red taillights are also embellished with chrome including the boot lid handle. To make it even more striking, all Maybach models can be availed in the latest “Bahamas Blue” exclusive paint colour.

Furthermore, the design team has lifted the bonnet and made a few changes to emphasise the longer and more distinct arrow shape at the upper corners. These changes on the bumper trim basically make the front-end look much wider than it seems.

The side profile is usually made better with a new set of wheels. Both 62 and 57 variants are equipped with the new 19-inch titanium silver 21-spoke wheels in high gloss finish. As for the two S variants, each will have the 20-inch 12-spoke wheels in sterling silver. And last but not the least, the new side mirrors with enhanced aerodynamics complement the rest of the new design. When these mirrors are wide open, the new Maybach saloon measures 17mm wider and 11mm longer.

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