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The 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, one step closer to autonomous cars

The all-new Mercedes-Benz S-Class has arrived at the showrooms of Emirates Motor Company (EMC) in Abu Dhabi, said a statement issued by the company.

According to the statement, Abu Dhabi hosted the annual Regional Training Experience (RTE) and EMC, as the authorized distributor for Mercedes-Benz in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi welcomed sales consultants and managers from across the GCC at world’s largest Mercedes-Benz facility last August.

Regional Training Experience

Chris Edwards, EMC General Manager Passenger Cars, commented: “We are pleased that Mercedes-Benz Middle East brought this intensive regional training to our premises, as it is crucial to comprehend how this extraordinary machine operates. The 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class has taken another big step towards autonomous driving, elevating the Intelligent Drive System to the next level.”

“The Regional Training Experience has allowed participants to engage and interact with this new technology. The overall training was focused on the new S-Class face-lift, as well as the hybrid technologies existing in vehicles of Mercedes- Benz now available in Abu Dhabi,” he added.

Participants from all over the GCC attended the two waves in Abu Dhabi for the first time. The training started off with presentations on the new S-Class specifications and highlights and ended with competitor showroom visits, entailing a couple of mystery shopping exercises.

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Mercedes-Benz S 560 e

In line with EMC’s and with its parent company ALFAHIM’s strategy of supporting Abu Dhabi toward sustainability and reducing its carbon footprint, an upgraded plug-in hybrid variant, Mercedes-Benz S 560 e, will also be offered in the region later this year.

“Thanks to the significantly increased battery capacity, the range for all-electric driving will increase by 67 per cent to about 50 km. Moreover, in conjunction with the new Mercedes-Benz Wallbox, the on-board 7.2-kW charger allows much faster charging of the battery,” said the statement.

Mercedes-AMG experience

It added that the all new Mercedes-AMG S 63 4MATIC+ had a sprint time of 3.5 seconds from zero to 100 km/h, with a new AMG 4.0-litre V-8 Biturbo engine. It is equipped with the new AMG 4.0-litre V-8 Biturbo engine with cylinder deactivation, which replaces the previous 5.5-litre V-8 Biturbo engine. The new engine puts out 450 kW (612 HP), thus exactly 20 kW (27 HP) more than the preceding model.

It continued: “With a sprint time of 3.5 seconds from zero to 100 km/h, the performance luxury sedan is on par with full-blooded sports cars. The AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9‑speed sports transmission replaces the previous 7-speed gearbox, to enable even more agile response times. The fully variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel-drive system provides optimal traction.”

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Other features

All models are fitted with a new radiator grille: the versions with six and eight-cylinder engines sport three twin louvres as well as vertical strips with a high-gloss black finish in the radiator grille. The V-12 model variants are fitted with additional chrome-finish vertical strips in the radiator grille. Seven new light-alloy wheels with diameters between 17 and 20 inches have been introduced to the new model.

The S-Class GCC models come with panoramic sunroof as standard, as well as a Sun Protection Package to protect passengers from direct sunlight and reduce the interior temperature of the car.

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