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slmag.net 55 Inside the cabin, the new S-Class is characterized by two new high- resolution displays, each with a screen diagonal of 12.3 inches. e pair is housed under a single pane of glass, which lends the impression of a wide- screen cockpit and emphasizes the horizontal orientation of the interior design. Virtual instruments are displayed in the direct field of vision of the driver as well as a central display above the center console. With the fully digital cockpit, the driver can choose from three different display styles (Classic, Sport and Progressive) and configure the information and views relevant to them. Touch Control Buttons on the steering wheel respond to swiping motions like the screen of a smartphone and enable the driver to control the entire multimedia system without having to take their hands off the steering wheel. e multimedia system can also be operated via touchpad with controller in the center console and by Voice Control. e operation of Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC or standard cruise control is managed via steering wheel-mounted controls. Enhanced Level 2 autonomous driving functions, including Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC and Active Steering Assist, provide even more comfortable support for the driver to keep a safe distance and stay in their lane. Speed is adjusted automatically ahead of curves or intersections, which is complemented by a considerably improved Active Lane Change Assist and additional functions of Active Emergency Stop Assist. For the first time, map and navigation data are used to calculate driving behavior. At one glance, an "Assistance Graphics" menu on the instrument panel shows the driver which assistance functions are selected and to what situations the systems are currently responding to. e optional ENERGIZING Comfort system is a world-first entering series production. is feature links various comfort systems in the vehicle together, such as climate control, ambient lighting and massage functions, into a ten-minute "wellness" setup. Owners can choose from Freshness, Warmth, Vitality, Joy, and Comfort programs to configure a specific wellness program to suit their current mood. A pair of new natural grain ash wood trims are available for 2018, as well as revised cabin materials and colorways, including Silk Beige/Deep Sea Blue, Magma Gray/Espresso Brown, and Mahogany/Silk Beige. Among the available AMG options are a choice of forged 20-inch wheels, AMG Performance Studio options, and an AMG Ceramic Composite Braking system. "The development of the new S-Class was extremely extensive. With a whole series of new features and functions, the S-Class remains a technological pioneer," says Ola Källenius, Member of the Board of Management responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. Pricing for the 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class will be announced closer to its on-sale at US dealers in late 2017. sl

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