Mercedes-Benz S-Class Connoisseur’s Edition gets innovative features like Night View Assist Plus, Executive rear seat with thigh support and seat reclination up to 43.5 degrees
Mercedes-Benz has introduced the flagship S-Class Connoisseur’s Edition marking its fourth launch for the year. Notoriously known as the ‘best car in the world’ by critics and patrons, the S-Class ‘Connoisseur’s Edition’ is available in both the S 350 d and S 400 variants priced at Rs. 1.21 crore and Rs. 1.32 crore respectively (ex-showroom, Pune).
Reiterating its brand promise of the ‘best or nothing’ and in an ongoing effort to improve its products focussing on the needs of its chauffeur driven domestic customers, The S-Class Connoisseur’s Edition was launched by Roland Folger, Managing Director and CEO, Mercedes-Benz India. It gets a host of new innovative features like Night View Assist Plus, Executive rear seat with thigh support and seat reclination up to 43.5 degrees and it will be locally manufactured at the German manufacturer’s Chakan plant in Pune.
For the first time in S-Class, the Night View Assist Plus enables drivers to detect pedestrians or larger animals sooner in the dark by clearly highlighting them in the cockpit display. The system illuminates the road ahead with two anti-dazzle infrared lamps and with the help of an infrared camera located behind the windscreen, the entire area within high-beam headlamp range is shown as a crystal-clear greyscale image.
The executive rear seat behind the front passenger with thigh support offers comfortable reclined position of up to 43.5 degrees at the touch of a button. The additional extending thigh support provides for further enhanced comfort. This, in combination with the chauffer package provides an electrically extending footrest and creates the perfect reclined position for a comfortable refreshing sleep.
The ‘Air-Balance’ package in the S-Class Connoisseur’s Edition includes ionization, improved air filtering and fragrance. There is a choice of six high-quality interior fragrances according to personal preference. The fragrance can be easily changed by exchanging the fragrance flasks used in the generator in the glove compartment. The intensity and duration of the fragrance are adjustable.
The S 350 d Connoisseur’s Edition is equipped with Burmester sound system comprising of 13 high-performance speakers and electronic and acoustic components precisely tailored to the interior whereas the S400 offers the Burmester 3D surround sound system with 24 speakers, nine tweeters integrated in the instrument panels, doors, parcel shelf and roof lining along with the 24 channel amplifier with an output of 1520 watts.
The energising hot stone massage comes with six different programs with low and high level intensities. The seat backrest has a massage mat with 14 air chambers which can be inflated or deflated via fast responding solenoid valves developing a wave-like hot stone massage effect with duration ranging from 12 to 15 minutes.
The myriad of safety systems featured in the new S-Class includes eight airbags, Electronic Stability Program(ESP), PRE-SAFE, Dynamic cornering control system, Adaptive Brake with HOLD Function, Brake Assist, ASR Hill Start Assist, 360 Degree Surround View Camera and an Active Park Assist. The 3L V6 diesel engine in the S 350 d produces 258 hp with 620 Nm of peak torque while a similar displacing V6 petrol in the S 400 makes 333 hp and 480 Nm of peak torque. Both the engines are motorised by the 7G-Tronic Plus transmission.