The new S-Class Coupé and the new S-Class Cabriolet embody Merc interpretation of modern luxury and both luxury four-seaters feature the latest cutting-edge technology such as automated driving functions.
“With their unmistakable, exclusive design and high-class materials with extremely high value appeal in the interior, the new S-Class Coupé and S-Class Cabriolet embody our interpretation of modern luxury. On top of that, both luxury four-seaters feature the latest cutting-edge technology from the S-Class,” says Britta Seeger, member of the board of Daimler AG with responsibility for Mercedes-Benz Cars Sales.
The S-Class Cabriolet and Coupé now keep an even closer eye on the traffic situation: improved camera and radar systems will allow it to see up to 250 m ahead in future.
They also make substantially greater use of map and navigation data. This means that DISTRONIC Active Proximity Assist is able to assist the driver in many situations based on the route, and conveniently adjust the vehicle speed.
The driver is also able to see at a glance which assistance functions have been selected, and to which situations the systems are reacting at present. Clearly understood icons – e.g. a steering wheel with hands on both sides – give information both on the screen and in the head-up display.
All functions are now controlled from the steering wheel.
Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC
The speed preset in DISTRONIC is predictively reduced according to the route ahead of bends, junctions, roundabouts or toll booths, then increased back up. Once a route has been selected using the navigation system, the two-door S-Class models respond accordingly.
On highways and motorways, Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC controls the distance from the vehicle ahead within a speed range from 0 to 210 km/h, and the Active Steering Assist automatically keeps the vehicle in its lane. Coasting characteristics, e.g. on downhill gradients, can now also be taken into account.
Active Lane Changing Assist
When the driver wishes to change lanes on multi-lane roads (recognised by the navigation system) at speeds from 80 to 180 km/h, it is now sufficient to nudge the indicator stalk. Within the next ten seconds, the sensor system checks together with the driver whether the next lane is clear in front of, alongside and behind the vehicle, also taking into account the speed of any other vehicles.
If no other vehicle is detected within the relevant safety zone, the driver is supported in changing lane. The initiated lane change is indicated in the instrument cluster and on the head-up display. The system is available in certain countries depending on certifiability.
Active Speed Limit Assist is also able to recognise sign gantries and road works signs.
Following vehicles in a tailback
In stop-and-go traffic on motorways and similar roads, stops of up to 30 seconds are now possible, within which the Coupé and Cabriolet automatically move off and follow the traffic ahead.
Active Emergency Stop Assist
Active Emergency Stop Assist brakes the vehicle to a standstill in its lane if it detects that the driver is no longer actively driving the vehicle while it is on the move with Active Steering Assist switched on.
If there is no steering wheel movement over a predefined period, the system gives the driver visual and acoustic prompts to place his/her hands on the wheel.
If the driver fails to respond after repeated visual and audible prompts by moving the steering wheel, accelerating, braking or pressing a Touch Control button on the steering wheel, the car will be slowed down in the identified lane until it comes to a standstill.
At speeds below approx. 60 km/h the following traffic is warned by means of hazard warning lamps. When the vehicle comes to a standstill, the parking brake is engaged automatically and the Mercedes-Benz emergency call system is activated.
The vehicle is also unlocked, to allow first responders access to the interior. The functions are aborted as soon as the driver takes control of the vehicle again.
Active Braking Assist
Active Braking Assist with Cross-Traffic Function is able to help the driver avoid impending collisions with vehicles ahead, stationary or crossing vehicles and with people if the driver fails to take any action to defuse the dangerous situation.
The system provides:
- a distance warning from a warning lamp in the instrument cluster, if the distance from a vehicle in front is inadequate,
- an additional acoustic warning if the danger of collision is identified
- autonomous emergency braking to avoid a collision with moving stationary or crossing vehicles ahead
- autonomous emergency braking for pedestrians
- situation-related braking assistance as soon as the driver applies the brakes.
Evasive Steering Assist
Evasive Steering Assist can support the driver in taking evasive action when pedestrians are detected in the danger zone in front of the vehicle and the driver initiates such action.
The system then applies additional steering torque in the direction in which the driver is performing an evasive manoeuvre. This helps the driver to evade the pedestrian in a controlled manner and to stabilise the vehicle on its evasive course.
Active Lane Keeping Assist
This system is able to warn the driver by means of pulsed vibrations at the steering wheel when the vehicle is unintentionally drifting out of its lane at speeds between 60 and 200 km/h.
If the vehicle passes over a continuous line, it can pull the vehicle back into lane by applying the brakes on one side. In the case of a broken line, such intervention takes place only when there is a danger of collision with a vehicle in the next lane (including danger from oncoming traffic).
Active Blind Spot Assist
In the speed range from approx. 10 to 200 km/h, this system is able to provide the driver with a visual alert plus an audible alarm when a turn indicator is actuated, to warn of a danger of side collisions with other vehicles, including e.g. bicycles.
At speeds above 30 km/h, automatic braking on one side of the vehicle can additionally be applied to help avoid a side collision at the last moment.