The New Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan Debuts in Shanghai

In its current form the Concept A Sedan previews the styling direction of a future AMG-tuned model, with an output of about 300kW expected from the Mercedes-AMG A45 in its 2019 state of tune - enough to take the fight directly to the Audi RS3 sedan. Meanwhile, there are also changes to how the car's self-driving status is communicated to the person behind the wheel. According to an engineer at Mercedes' Research and Development division, the S-Class now uses mapping data, in addition to cameras and sensors, to help predict the car's path. That cruise-control stalk is replaced by buttons on the all-new steering wheel, which also features touch-sensitive control pads similar to those found on the E-class. It will have features such as Intelligent Drive, DISTRONIC proximity control and Active Steering Assist to make the drive experience much better than ever. Even if the driver themselves is in control, the system can sound an alert if the current limit is being exceeded.

When it comes to active safety, the redesigned S-Class is now one step closer to fully autonomous driving, although you can't yet let the auto drive you around from point A to point B while you're relaxing in the back. Users also are given more information on the status of such lane changes thanks to improved graphics and indicators in the digital instrument cluster.

It's been a good few months for increasingly capable semi-autonomous driving systems, albeit only for those with deep pockets. The hi-res displays can now be controlled with hand gestures.

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Mercedes is clearly very pleased with the more amorphous shape of the Concept A. The flush door handles are reminiscent of those found on the Tesla Model S and the nose of the concept is lifted straight from the Mercedes-AMG GT.

More details can be found in the images and news releases attached below. Along with showing which of the systems are now active, it promises to also explain what situations the auto is responding to on the road. Despite the compact size, 20-inch wheels fill the wheel wells. Drivers and passengers can choose from several new wellness-oriented programs with names such as "Vitality" and "Comfort", which activate the massaging seats, climate control, and music to set a particular mood. If that includes the upgraded 1,520 watt Burmester audio system - which gains an overhead speaker and two extra side speakers - then we won't complain.

Almost every Mercedes-Benz product line since has been influenced and improved by advancements first spearheaded by the S-Class.

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