Mercedes Convertible

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May 28, 2012
Mercedes Benz CL Convertible
May 28, 2012

Mercedes Convertible

Newport Convertible Engineering will design and Engineer your Mercedes Benz to a Mercedes convertible.

Luxury convertibles by NCE, Mercedes Convertible.

NCE will Design and Engineer your Mercedes Benz Maybach to a open-top Maybach Landaulet!

Maybach Convertible

Maybach Landaulet, Only the sky is the limit
Maybach is of the world’s most exclusive luxury car
Majestic open-air experience with the ultimate in luxury and comfort
Folding roof for pampered rear-seat passengers
With NCE’s an open-top landaulet, NCE has re-enlivened the great art of building majestic open-top automobile. True to the tradition of exclusive landaulets, the roof can be opened fully at the rear, while the chauffeur’s compartment remains completely enclosed. The passengers are then able to enjoy the clear, blue sky above. They are treated to a majestic open-top experience currently unrivalled by any other automobile in an environment of the utmost luxury and exquisite style. Romance close to the heart of nature is harmoniously combined with the ultimate in comfort and technological sophistication. With this unique open-top, Newport convertible Engineering is once again demonstrating its expertise in building the world’s most exclusive luxury open-top car.
When closed the soft-top of the Landaulet rests on the frame formed by the roof bows.The roof then opens hydraulically and is gently deposited on the parcel shelf in the rear, together with its integral rear window of glass. You be able to enclose the folded roof with a fitted leather cover, which both conceals the roof mechanism from view and completes the overall picture of outstanding elegance.

Newport Convertible Engineering was the first US coach builder that designed, engineered, and distributed limited editions of the Mercedes Benz G55 Convertible.
NCE will Design and Engineer your Mercedes Benz G55 to a Power top convertible!

Mercedes Benz G55 Convertible


Newport Convertible Engineering was the first US coach builder that designed, engineered, and distributed limited editions of the Mercedes Benz G55 Convertible.
NCE will Design and Engineer your Mercedes Benz G55 to a Power top convertible!

Newport Convertible Engineering is an original design manufacturer(ODM) that designs and engineers authentic convertible tops on all brands of automobiles. NCE has recieved world wide recognition for their original convertible designs, especially on Mercedes Benz convertibles.

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class or G-Wagen, short for Geländewagen (or cross-country vehicle), is a four-wheel drive vehicle / sport utility vehicle (SUV) produced by Steyr-Puch in Austria in order for German automaker Mercedes-Benz. The G-wagen is characterized by its boxy styling and body-on-frame construction. It utilizes three fully locking differentials, one of the few vehicles to have such a feature.

The G-class was developed as a military vehicle from a suggestion by the Shah of Iran(at the time a great shareholder) to Mercedes and offered as a civilian version in 1979. The G-class replaced the cheaper Volkswagen Iltis in 1990. In this role it is sometimes referred to as the “Wolf” and LAPV Enok. The G-Class has been sold under the Puch name in certain markets, and the Peugeot P4 is a variant made under license, with a Peugeot engine and different parts.

Despite the introduction of an intended replacement, the unibody crossover SUV Mercedes-Benz GL-Class in 2006, the G-Class is still produced and is expected to continue in production. An interior face lift is possibly in the works for the G-Class, so there is no set date for when this car will cease production.

The G-Wagen was developed by Steyr-Daimler-Puch and first offered for sale in 1979 and redesigned in 1990/1991. A new version was expected for 2007, but the new GL-Class will not replace the G-Wagen, and it will continue to be hand-built in Graz, Austria at an annual production of 4,000 to 6,000 units. In February 2009, Magna Steyr, an operating unit of Magna International, announced that it signed an agreement with Daimler AG to extend the production of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class at Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria until 2015. Besides the production, the further development of the G-Class by Mercedes-Benz is also located in Graz since 1992. The G-Wagen is the longest produced Mercedes-Benz in Daimler’s history, with a span of 32 years.

The new G550 has a 32-valve 382-horsepower 5.5-liter V8 engine, while the current G55 AMG has a 500-horsepower supercharged 5.4-liter V8 engine. The G550 goes from 0 to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds, while it takes the G55 AMG 5.2 seconds.

Brabus G V12 Biturbo

Various automobile tuners such as AMGBrabusLorinserCarlsson, A.R.T., and RENNtech have all modified the engine, interior, and exterior.

It was rumored that, with military contracts for the G-Class completed, production of the old G-wagen in Graz, Austria would cease in 2006. However, reports state that production of the current G-wagen will continue for the foreseable future, alongside its once-intended replacement, the GL-Class (X164). An outcry among enthusiasts who admired the G-Class for its tremendous off-road potential showed that a market still existed for such a vehicle. Although the average G-wagen rarely sees anything but asphalt, Mercedes-Benz elected to continue G-Class production for the hardcore off-road market, while the larger 3-row GL-Class would be marketed as a competitor for the likes of the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator.

G 55 AMG

Minor upgrades.

Mercedes G 55 extralong version

2013 Update

Mercedes-Benz will update its G-class SUV for 2013, but there are virtually no changes outside. The significant changes outside are that the updated G-class gets LED running lights; second, there are turn indicators in its side mirrors; and third, the AMG gets a new bumper and grille. Mercedes-Benz’s brochure for the 2012 G550 describes the truck as “crafted by hand, untouched by time.” The majority of the G-class’s upgrades reside under its hood and behind its doors: A new interior, more modern amenities, and a new engine for the AMG model. Last year Mercedes sold only the standard G550 model, but for 2012, the powerful AMG version of the G-class is back after a yearlong vacation. Along with the new engine, the AMG’s badge changes from G55 to G63. Interior changes include a re-sculpted dashboard and center console to bring its appearance into its “corporate interior design,” and an added a color multifunction screen to the gauge cluster. The 2012 G-class had a central COMAND infotainment screen buried low on the center stack; that screen moves up to the top of the stack in the new G, and there’s now a COMAND controller just behind the shifter on the center console. The latest mbrace2 telematics system also is on board. Kept unchanged from the 2013 update are the passenger grab handle and the pinched-leather door-panel coverings. The steering wheel and gauges, however, are new. Both the 2013 G550 and G63 retain a full complement of off-road gear including those locking differentials as well as a low-range transfer case. The 2013 Gs now come standard with Distronic adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and updated Parktronic backup sensors and rearview camera. Finally, Mercedes revised the stability control to enable trailer stabilizing functionality.


The G550’s naturally aspirated 382-hp, 5.5-liter V-8 and seven-speed automatic carry over for 2013. As for the AMG model, the old G55’s supercharged 5.4-liter V-8 is replaced by a twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8 for 2013. Power is up by 44 hp to 544, and torque is an equal 44 units, to 560 lb-ft. Like other AMG Mercedes-Benz models with the new downsized V-8, the G63’s “63” nomenclature bears no connection to its actual engine displacement. The G63 also gets a new “Eco” engine stop-start system. Mercedes also fitted a seven-speed automatic transmission in place of the G55’s five-speed.

For markets other than the united States, Mercedes-Benz is introducing a new G65 AMG powered by a twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V-12. The big engine puts out 604 hp and gives a huge 738 lb-ft of torque. The G65 will not come to the United States because the expected limited sales volumes are not worth the effort of certifying the SUV for US market. Car magazines have been told the V-12 was forced into the comparatively small engine bay, which would make it difficult to certify to the United States’ federal crash standards.

Military operators

Since the 1980s, the Argentine Army has used the MB-230G (short and long chassis) for different purposes. 900 remain in service.[6]

A Puch G of the Austrian Army.

Bulgarian army G-class with HELBROCinsignia

Canadian Army G-Wagens

In 2007, Mercedes-Benz won a contract to provide 1,200 G-Class vehicles to the Australian Defence Force.[7] The vehicles will include 4×4 and 6×6 models, with Australia being the first military customer to receive 6×6 vehicles.
The Austrian Army has been a long time user of various Puch G models.
The Bulgarian Army operates 600+ vehicles in various configurations, most of them armed.
A total of 1,159 vehicles have been ordered by the Canadian Army beginning in late 2003.[8] An armoured kit can be fitted (or removed) in 8 hours by three soldiers. Their light armour has been criticised for leading to loss of life in Afghanistan, however it is considerably better than the Iltis predecessor.[9]
Delivery of these vehicles to Reserve units has also begun. They will be deployed in armoured reconnaissance units. It is in the final stages of fully replacing the Iltis in most units as the armoured reconnaissance vehicle in use LFCA. Other units will replace the Iltis with a militarized Chevrolet Silverado known as the MILCOTS (or colloquially as the “Milverado”.) For the most exposed missions in Afghanistan 75 RG-31 Nyala built by BAE Land Systems OMC, South Africa, will be used.[10]
Croatia bought 300 to 320 vehicles for needs of Croatian army and for operations in Afghanistan additional 30 RG-31 vehicles were delivered. Croatia uses mix of 4×4 vehicles in peacekeepings operations and the G-Class is a very popular choice within the Croatian Army. G-Class is supplemented by Land Rover Wolf and Iveco LMV.
The Danish military bought the 240 GD (/24, /28 and /34 variants) to supersede the M151A1, the Volkswagen 181 (“Jagdwagen”) and the Land Rover 88.[11] First deliveries of the 240 GD were in 1985 and later the 290 GD (/24 and /28 variants) where also introduced. More than 1.300 have been put in service. A few 300 GE’s have also been used — mainly by the Danish army EOD-services.[12] Currently the Danes are taking delivery of over 2.000 270CDIs in several variants, starting in 2003.[13]
The Egyptian Army uses the G 320 (4 × 4) armoured personnel carrier has been designed as a private venture by the Kader Factory for Developed Industries and is based on the chassis of the commercial German Mercedes-Benz MB 320G (4 × 4) light vehicle. This vehicle is based on the long-wheelbase version of the German Mercedes-Benz G 320 4 × 4 with the chassis frame being modified by a heavy-duty suspension which has been designed to withstand the additional weight imposed by the armour package.[14]
The Estonian Defence Forces have a small number of various G-Class vehicles, which were recently purchased to replace the outdated UAZ and Volkswagen Iltis vehicles.
The Finnish Army uses the Geländewagen mostly as armored vehicles and ambulances, but other versions are also in service.
The French Army has the Peugeot P4 which is a derivative from the G-Class equipped with Peugeot engine and equipment.

LAPV Enok, the latest armored model of the German Army

A Wolf of the German Army

The German Armed Forces uses the G-Class under the name “Wolf”. Over 12,000 vehicles have been delivered in over 50 versions, ranging from ambulance vehicles to armored vehicles used by the German special forces. In the 1970s the cheaper Volkswagen Iltis was preferred; now the Iltis is replaced by the “Wolf” and the armoured variant LAPV Enok.

A Greek Army vehicle in Military Police colours

The Greek Army as well as Air Force, Navy and Police have several versions of the Geländewagen, manufactured by ELBO the Hellenic Vehicles Industry.[15]
The Hungarian Ground Forces have 233 of G-270 CDI BA 10, which is mounted with UMF light-machine gun platform, and 5 of G-280 CDI BA6 C+R SSA FB6. More will be purchased between 2010 and 2013.
Paspampres (Indonesian Presidential Security forces) are using G-270 CDI for their fleet with SIRINA lights, Gunner Roof Mount, Bullbar, Black Grill, Roof and Rear View Mirror Handles. New model of G300 CDI in 2010 acquired not less than 30 units for presidential and vice-presidential escort purposes. The Paspampres uses black G300 CDI with the Military Police in white and ensigns with Indonesian MP insignia.
The Military of Luxembourg uses the 300D variant of the Geländewagen.

Norwegian military MB240GD

Locally build by DEFTECH as G-Wagon, acquired in 2001 in the Malaysian military with an initial batch of 32 G-Wagons mounted with Browning M2 machine guns for a total of 10.8 million Malaysian ringgit with another batch of 34 G-Wagons mounted with AGL weapons for 11.5 million Malaysian ringgit and 18 G-Wagons with ATGM weapons for 6.1 million Malaysian ringgit,[16] and used along with Land Rover Defender as light transport of Malaysian Army.
The Mexican naval defense secretary (SEMAR) announced in 2008, a contract to purchase large numbers of Mercedes-Benz military vehicles for the Mexican Marine corps. As of May 16, 2009 The SEMAR has received 20 of the 84 G-Class vehicles in order.[17][18]
The Royal Netherlands Army uses various versions of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, mostly 461 290GD and 290GD TD models with manual gearbox. The Dutch police and Koninklijke Marechaussee also use the G-Class. Most of the police versions are armored 463 models.
 North Korea
The Korean People’s Army appears to have acquired G-class vehicles, some of which were seen on the Korean Worker’s Party 65th anniversary military parade.[19] At the funeral of Kim Jong-il his hearse was flanked by G-Class vehicles.[20]
The Norwegian Army bought 240 GD to replace Volvo and Land Rover 4×4 vehicles in the mid-1980s, and 300 GD to use as ambulances. The 300GD is also used to transport the launch control station and optical sensors for the NASAMS Air-defense system. During the 90’s 290 GD’s where bought, and in the first half of the 00’s a small number of armoured 270 CDI’s were put into service. Today the Defence Forces operates a total of 3000 vehicles.

Should Norway get invaded the Norwegian army has a right to requisition all civilian G-class vehicles for use in national defense.

The escort company of the Norwegian Royal Guard employs a black G500 AMG with police lights on the roof.
96 GD 290 and 25 MB290GD WD in service with Polish Army. 13 GD 290 in service with the Military Police[21]
The Portuguese Military uses the G-class for light transport along with Toyota Landcruiser, UMM Alter and Land Rover Defender 90.[22]
Police, state security units, military and governmental agencies are using the G-Class. Mostly civilian versions in black. Security escort vehicles for both the President and Prime Minister are black G-500 and G55 AMG.
The Serbian Military currently uses Puch 300GD model. They also uses the following models in 300GD33, 300GD6 and 300GD10 variants, for transport of VIP persons in 300GD3-LUX and 300GD6-LUX and Special Forces Brigade is use modified version designed for access to combat zone.
The Singapore Army bought the 270 and 290 versions as secondary military transport. It is used in soft-top truck configuration and is known as a 1.5-tonner or simply “MB” to its users. And also some were used also for patrolling in a “jeep” form. The Army also deploys the extremely short-wheelbase, soft-top version for its Colonels, Battalion COs, Brigade and Division Commanders as personal field transports.
The Military of Slovenia uses Mercedes-Benz G-Class vehicles mainly for transport.
The Armed Forces of Slovak republik uses Mercedes Benz G-280 CDI in 5th Special Forces Regiment.
The Swedish Army uses MB 290/T (1994)MB 290GD (2000)MB 270 CDI(2005) Geländewagen primarily on international deployments.[23][24]
The Swiss Army uses the 230 with soft top as the primary general purpose carrier, and a hardtop version as mobile radio access point. It is in service since 1985 and gradually replaced Willys Jeeps, Haflinger light transports and Pinzgauermedium transports in the liaison and transport role. All versions in Swiss Army use are unarmed.
 United Kingdom
The British Army used a number of these vehicles in Iraq during operation Telic, particularly around the Baghdad and Rustamiyah areas.The British Commanders’-in-Chief Mission to the Soviet Forces in Germany (BRIXMIS) also used a small number.
Police, state security units, military and governmental agencies are using the G-Class. Mostly civilian versions in black. Security escort vehicles for both the President and Prime Minister are black G-500 and G55 AMG.
 United States


The USMC Interim Fast Attack Vehicle (IFAV) is a modified version of the Mercedes-Benz Geländewagen 290. It replaces the modified M-151A2¼ ton truck (MUTT jeep) used by the Marines as an FAV in the 1990s. The U.S. Marine Corps acquired 157 of the IFAVs distributed as follows:

  • (I) Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) Camp Pendleton, CA (33);
  • (II) MEF Camp Lejeune, NC (25);
  • (III) MEF on Okinawa, Japan (27);
  • (IV) 17 Force Recon, Afghanistan (22);
  • (V) 3 Force Recon Bn, Iraq (23);
  • (VI) 1st Provisional DMZ Police Company, Korea (15); and
  • (VII) various miscellaneous (12)
 Vatican City
The government of the Vatican City owned two converted Mercedes-Benz G-Class, which are known as the “Popemobile“. One is on display at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany.



Very early, carburetted 230 G Cabriolet

Brabus G V12 Biturbo

Notable ownersMercedes-AMG Chairman Volker Mornhinweg claims that one third of all G-Class vehicles sold to civilians are the G55 AMG model. The largest markets for G 55s are California, USA (in black and silver color mostly), and the United Arab Emirates with Dubai (in white color mostly)

Newport Convertible Engineering Mercedes Benz CL Cabrio

Newport Convertible Engineering Mercedes Benz CL Cabrio


Newport Convertible Engineering offers four-door and SUV convertible conversions as well

Newport Convertible Engineering is an original design manufacturer(ODM) that designs and engineers authentic convertible tops on all brands of automobiles. NCE has recieved world wide recognition for their original convertible designs, especially on Mercedes Benz convertibles.

Mercedes Convertible

Newport Convertible Engineering was first US coach builder that designed, engineered and distributed limited Mercedes Benz CL Convertibles throughout the world..
NCE will Design & Engineer your Mercedes Benz CL to Power top convrtible, NCE EDITION.

Newport convertible Engineering is an original design manufacturer(ODM) that designs and manufactures convertible tops on all brands of automobiles, NCE also  has been recognized for their original top designs on many Mercedes Benz convertibles.


Topless Transformation: Mercedes-Benz CL loses its head


With every passing year, there seems to be more convertibles on the market. But if you live in a sunny clime like California’s, enough sunshine is never enough. That’s where convertible chop-shops like Newport Convertible Engineering step in. The folks at NCE will take just about any automobile and turn it into a custom cabrio to a buyer’s specifications. The company’s portfolio includes recent conversions of a Dodge Challenger, Toyota Prius, Cadillac CTS, Hummer H2, Toyota FJ Cruiser, and this Mercedes-Benz CL AMG. Unfortunately, from the photos seen here, the soft top doesn’t seem to collapse quite flush with the rear deck, leaving something to be desired in terms of aesthetics – to say nothing of rearward visibility. Here’s hoping there’s a snug-fitting cover lurking in whatever trunkspace remains.


[Source: NCE via CarScoop]

Californian coachbuilder offers Mercedes convertible

Newport Convertible Engineering offers four-door and SUV convertible conversions as wellNewport Convertible Engineering offers four-door and SUV convertible conversions as well

Mercedes Benz has hinted at the development of a convertible version of its CL flagship as far back as 2007 but still today there is no such model in the automaker’s lineup. Customers tired of waiting can still purchase a CL Cabrio thanks to the guys at California’s Newport Convertible Engineering, which offers a customized CL with its steel roof replaced by an automated folding soft-top as a Mercedes Convertible.

Making a convertible out of a hardtop involves much more than chopping off the steel roof and designing a folding mechanism for the cloth top. Removing the steel top robs a car of a tremendous amount of structural rigidity that must be restored before the resulting soft-top can be deemed drivable. Every convertible built by the Californian coachbuilder includes significant structural upgrades to ensure the cars are equal to factory-built convertibles in terms of rigidity and roadworthiness.

Admittedly, Mercedes Convertible by the custom CL Cabrio looks rather stylish and would no doubt stand out from the crowd in any suburban district. Pricing for standard two-door convertible conversions typically range from $10,000 to $15,000, however, some projects Newport Convertible Engineering has worked on has run up into the six figure sums.

Some of the other extreme convertible makeovers offered by Newport Convertible Engineering include a Maybach 57 four-door convertible, and drop-top versions of the Cadillac Escalade and Toyota Prius.

The Mercedes-Benz SL-Class two-seat roadster is now in it’s sixth generation, with 60 years of sports-car heritage re-imagined in a modern, technology-laden luxury automobile.

For 2013, the SL-Class is comprised of three models, the SL550, the SL63 AMG and the SL65 AMG. The SL550 is powered by a 429-hp 4.6-liter twin-turbo V8 engine mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel mounted shift paddles. The SL63 AMG boasts a hand-built 530-hp 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8, as well as a seven-speed MCT (multi-clutch technology) transmission. The SL65’s larger 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 generates an immense 621 horsepower, and is paired with a seven-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS automatic transmission. Standard equipment includes a composite power retractable hardtop with a panorama glass roof, heated leather seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, a voice-activated hard drive-based navigation system with 10 gigabytes of internal media storage and a 6-disc CD/DVD changer, along with HD and satellite radio. Safety features include four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, an electronic stability program (ESP) with traction control, Bi-Xenon headlamps with Active Curve Illumination and Adaptive Highbeam Assist, active head restraints, an automatically deployable rollover bar, as well as eight airbags and the Mercedes mbrace2 system.

The E-Class offers something for everyone. Solid, safe, comfortable, luxurious, and fast the E-Class is available as a sedan, coupe, wagon, or cabriolet. The E-Class Coupe is a sporty, dynamic coupe with a classic Mercedes design. The Cabriolet is a soft-top version of the Coupe. The stylish E350 wagon provides outstanding utility and seats for up to seven people. For 2012 Mercedes-Benz has new engines for the E350, E550, and E63 AMG. The rear-wheel drive E550 sedan has been dropped and a E63 AMG rear-wheel drive wagon has been added.

Rear-wheel drive E-Class sedans are available in three models, E350, E63 AMG, and E350 BlueTEC. The E350 and E550 sedans are available with 4MATIC all-wheel drive. The E350 wagon is available with 4MATIC all-wheel drive and the rear-wheel drive E63 AMG wagon returns. The E-Class coupes and new cabriolets are available with rear-wheel drive as the E350 and E550. All models include a seven-speed automatic transmission. New for 2012 a 302-hp, 3.5-liter gasoline V6 engine powers the E350. Also new for 2012 the E550 includes a 402-hp, 4.6-liter bi-turbo V8 engine under the hood while the E63 AMG now has a 518-hp, 5.5-liter bi-turbo V8 with AMG speedshift. The E350 BlueTec returns with a 210-hp, 3.0 liter turbocharged and intercooled diesel V6. The sedans seat five, the wagon seats up to seven, while the coupe and cabriolet seat four. Multi-zone climate control is standard and all models come with a lengthy list of standard features.

The 2012 E-class sedan, coupe, and cabriolet carry over from 2011 with new engines. The E350 BlueTEC diesel sedan remains the same. The E350 4MATIC wagon carries over, the E63 AMG wagon is new.

Mercedes convertible


Newport Convertible Engineering was the first US coach builder that designed, engineered, and distributed limited editions of the Mercedes Benz S Convertible.
NCE will Design and Engineer your Mercedes Benz S to a Power top convertible!


Newport Convertible Engineering is an original design manufacturer(ODM) that designs and engineers authentic convertible tops on all brands of automobiles. NCE has recieved world wide recognition for their original convertible designs, especially on Mercedes Benz convertibles.


The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has been the industry leader in technology and innovation since, well, ever. Famous forsafety features such as electronic traction control, driver and passenger airbags, electronic ABS and many many more, the story went that if you ever wondered what cars of the future will have as standard technology, look no further than the S-Class.

Mercedes usually does little to inform the public about what to expect in the latest and greatest iteration of one of the most iconic cars in history. But thanks to an insider with detailed information, we got a decent scoop of it.

Internally dubbed the W222, the new S-Class will be available in four different bodies: short wheelbase, which will debut first in 2012; standard wheelbase, coming a year later; an S-Class Coupe, which replaces the CL in 2013; and a four-seater convertible in 2014. It’s been nearly 20 years since we’ve heard the nomenclature, S-Class Coupe. This dates back as far as the W140 and W126 S-Class Coupes. But never has there been an S-Class Convertible since the famous vertical headlighted W108-109 280SELs. So Mercedes is going a bit retro on us.

Click here for more news on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

All rear-wheel drive Benzes of the future will be based on their new global Mercedes Rear-wheel drive Architecture, or MRA. This means that it is subdivided into 93 different modules with the only two fixed points being the front and rear firewalls, leaving different axles and drivetrains to be applied.


Anyway, the new S-Class reworks its suspension with an all new four-way multilink suspension at the front that willhelp reduce steering, braking and damping forces and Benz’s traditional five-way multilink system in the rear. Self-leveling air suspension is standard again but the active dynamic ABC anti-roll system remains extra combined with MBC or Magic Body Control.

MBC is Benz’s new system that uses two cameras to scan the road surface ahead and adjusts the suspension accordingly to the road imperfections milliseconds before hitting the uneven road. This system only remains active until 8-MPH. Also included is their new MLC or Magic Light Control, which adds to the already adaptive headlight system by making it susceptible to changes in speed, weather, and steering angle.

On the inside, as usual the COMAND system will get a rework to reduce the number of knobs, switches, and buttons. It will also feature a new multiple-imagery TFT display for the driver—that’s what we call a HUD in Layman’s terms—instead of a secondary display in the center stack.

Engine wise, the new S-Class’s engines will range from a 204-hp four-banger to the full can ‘O beans 544-hp V12 with a 650-hp AMG version following later. Twin-turbo V6s are also in the works good for 308-hp and 354-hp, depending on which model. Twin-turbo V8s are also optional, capable of producing 435-hp and 517-hp, again depending on which model. Diesels? Of course, the 204-hp four-banger will be a diesel and will be co-equipped with a 109-hp electric motor. Those who want more oomph from the hybrid powertrain can also opt for the 306-hp V6 and the electric motor, which will have plug-in capabilities on both versions.

As usual, Mercedes is also developing a 9-speed automatic gearbox, traditionally since they introduced the world’s first 7-speed.

Altogether, the new S-Class will undoubtedly continue being the industry leader in safety and innovation and will be absolutely sensational to drive. Unfortunately however, sales numbers spoke differently when the aging W221 S-Class fell behind the Audi A8 and BMW 7-Series in sales. Can the new W222 S-Class regain is trophy for being the top dog? Only time will tell.

– By: Chris Chin 

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