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Mercedes-Benz is famous for safety and technology. We have been innovating the automobile since we invented it more than 125 years ago! These days there are more Assist and -Tronic features than ever before and it can get a little confusing. Here is short rundown on the common systems. You can visit the Mercedes-Benz Safety Page for some videos and more in depth explanations.
Attention Assist aka “the coffee cup” – Observes driver for initial 20 minutes of driving (over about 30 mph) and looks for changes that would indicate drowsiness. Beeps and flashes a big coffee cup to alert when there is an issue. No intervention in driving. Newer models do not display the coffee cup icon full time.
Collision Prevention Assist (CPA) – A radar on the front of the vehicle looks for impending collisions and alerts by beeping if it sees a problem. It then does the math on necessary brake force to stop in time and primes the brakes and boosts braking power. This system cannot stop the car or slow the car without driver action. Standard on most 2014 models.
Blind Spot Assist – Uses radar in the rear of the car to look for vehicles in your blind spot. Yellow triangle in mirror up to about 20 mph indicates system is on but not functioning yet. The triangle turns red when blind spot is occupied and flashes red and beeps if you engage the turn signal during a red triangle. Active Blind Spot Assist is the same but will intervene by braking the car or using electromechanical steering to pull you back into your lane.
Lane Keep Assist – Uses a camera behind the windshield to monitor the lane lines and vibrates the steering wheel if you inadvertently cross the lane line. Will not alert you if you have the turn signal on or the steering angle is severe. Newer cars have more and less sensitive settings available. Active Lane Keep Assist is the same but will intervene by braking the car or using electromechanical steering to pull you back into your lane.
Distronic – Radar adaptive cruise control that keeps you a comfortable distance from the vehicle in front of you. Now functions down to 0 miles per hour. If engaged it can use 100% of the vehicle braking power to prevent an accident. Follow distance is adjustable.
Steering Assist – This system engages over 40 mph and uses the stereo cameras and electromechanical steering to keep the car centered in a lane or behind the vehicle in front. Will only operate for a few seconds if the driver removes their hands from the wheel…but we know they can drive themselves!
PRE-SAFE – If the car senses and impending collision it takes action to protect the passengers. It can cinch the seatbelts, adjust the passenger seat to a more favorable position, close windows and more to reduce injury. If no accident occurs the actions are reversed.
Pre-Safe Plus with Rear-Collision Protection – Looks behind the vehicle for an impending collision and actives Pre-Safe features as well as using the brakes to hold the car in place rather than being pushed into another vehicle or traffic.
Pre-Safe Brake with Pedestrian Recognition aka the soccer ball thing – If the vehicle sees a pedestrian it can automatically engage the brakes while alerting the driver with beeps.
BAS Plus with Cross-Traffic Assist – Uses the stereo cameras to look for cross traffic and can boost braking power when necessary.
Some of these features are standard, some are optional and some are only available on select models at this time. But, just like airbags that we patented in 1971, all of these safety features will probably become standard on every vehicle in the world eventually!
I happen to have one 2013 S550 left and it is Iridium Silver. I happen to have one 2014 S550 demo and it is Iridium Silver. They were clearly begging for a photo comparison!
So, they look like they are in the same family…but one is certainly new and exciting! Come see for yourself!
Our first 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550s have arrived! I took a bunch of pictures because these are ordered vehicles and will not be on display. We do have our Iridium Silver S550 demo vehicle if you still need to take a look and test drive!
The Nut Brown/Black Nappa Leather is new for this year. It is always hard to describe a color but it is not red, not orange, not dark. I’m going to go with milk chocolate as my descriptor.
The leather dashboard looks great in this car. I think I would go with the Daylight White ambient lighting scheme.
Look at that attention to detail! The steering wheel has Nut Brown contrast stitching!
This is the Silk Beige Nappa Leather interior. Very elegant!
This CLA250 came in the same shipment…I know it isn’t an S-Class but it is still an eye catcher!
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe has been added to the Future Vehicles section at MBUSA.com. This is the expected replacement for the current CL-Class but Mercedes likes to keep things hush-hush until they are finalized.
Yesterday was my Mercedes-Benz training on the 2014 CLA-Class and the 2014 S550. We’ve had these vehicles at the dealership for a few weeks now and it was great to get some hands on experience with the experts.
Our CLA250 test drive vehicles were equipped with the Drive Kit Plus for iPhones. We were able to use Siri, check in via Facebook, and turn on the internet radio. Our instructor could also use the Family Driver Monitoring from mbrace to make sure we stayed on track!
This is best picture I could get of Northern Lights Violet on a CLA250 that was displayed inside. It is a really pretty, deep eggplant color with a LOT of sparkle. They said it was even prettier in the sunshine and looked black at night.
This is the 10th gernation of S-Class in the United States and it was clear from the training that it is the most advanced vehicle we have ever offered! We spent an hour on the outside, and hour on the inside, watched videos by the designer and still barely covered the basics!
We also had a little fun watching DVDs and enjoying the unbelieveable Burmester sound system! It absolutely fills the car with rich, full sound. It’s hard to image the upgraded system!
Thanks Mercedes-Benz! It was a great day and I look forward to sharing this information with both my new CLA owners and my returning S-Class owners soon!
It’s here!!! Our 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550 demo has arrived! This vehicle is Iridium Silver with Black Premium Leather. Premium Package, Rear Seat Package, Air Balance Package, and a bunch of other things I haven’t had a chance to get my hands on yet! It is being inspected now and should be available to test drive and ogle in the morning!
We are taking orders now for the S-Class of your dreams! Expected launch date is October 15th.
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe should be replacing the CL-Class is about a year. Here is a sneak peek before the debut of the “Concept” car at Frankfurt this week.
Mercedes-Benz has scheduled the 2014 S550 to be released on October 15th! The S550 4Matic and the S63 AMG are expected to follow in November. This is an update from the previous expected date of September 20th.
2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class base price:
Most options pricing has been released as well so you can now add up the S-Class of your dreams. Order soon if you hope to have one before the 2015 model arrives!