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Prices and specs revealed for new tech-laden Mercedes-Benz S-Class

The flagship new Mercedes-Benz S-Class saloon is now on sale, bringing a wealth of equipment as well as increased space and priced from £78,705.

The new S-Class saloon is available to order now, with first UK vehicles arriving late 2020

The seventh-gen luxury limo was revealed earlier this month and described as most technically advanced car the brand has ever produced.

It’s now available to order in both standard and long wheelbase, providing five trim levels and debuting 4Matic all-wheel drive for the right-hand drive market.

For £78,705, buyers will get the S 350 d AMG Line in standard wheelbase. The inline six-cylinder diesel engine produces 286hp and 600Nm of torque, with 173g/km of CO2 and 40.4-42.8 combined mpg (39.2-39.8 mpg for LWB). It can reach 62mph from standstill in 6.4 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 155mph.

An S 400 d 4Matic model is also available, purely in long wheelbase form and priced from £94,135 OTR. It uses an inline six-cylinder diesel engine, producing 330hp and 700Nm, emitting 192g/km of CO2 and delivering between 37.7 and 38.7 mpg on the combined cycle. It can travel from 0-62 mph in 5.4 seconds and also has an electronically limited top speed of 155mph.

The sole petrol model is the S 500 4Matic, priced from £89,105. With 435hp and 520 Nm of torque, it can sprint to 62mph in 4.9 seconds. It also features Mercedes’ EQ Boost mild hybrid technology, employing an integrated starter-generator powered by the 48V on-board electrical system and increasing efficiency. As a result, the S 500 delivers 32.8-34.9 mpg (31.7-32.5mpg for the long wheelbase variant) and emits 184g/km of CO2.

All models come as standard with a 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission.

Technology debuts include the next generation of the MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) infotainment system with a 12.8-inch OLED touchscreen central display, a 12.3-inch digital driver display, plus an MBUX tablet – which can be used as a fully fledged tablet outside of the vehicle. The driver display can be kitted out with 3D technology, including facial recognition which can monitor driver drowsiness and exterior mirror settings.

The “Hey Mercedes” virtual assistant also brings increased capabilities, now recognising instructions or requests from any seat in the car.

Standard equipment on AMG Line short wheelbase – 350 d and 500 4MATIC only – includes 19-inch AMG five-spoke light alloy wheels; Nappa Leather upholstery; 12.8-inch OLED media display with augmented navigation and 12.3-inch driver display; KEYLESS GO with seamless door handles and soft close doors; heated seats front and rear; memory seats and wireless charging in the front; Driving Assistance package; MBUX premium; MULTIBEAM Intelligent Light System and reversing camera.

Trim levels cover AMG Line, AMG Line Premium, AMG Line Premium Plus, AMG Line Premium Executive and AMG Line Premium Plus Executive.

Standard equipment on AMG Line short wheelbase includes 19-inch AMG five-spoke light alloy wheels, leather upholstery, the 12.8-inch OLED media display with augmented navigation and 12.3-inch driver display, Keyless Go with seamless door handles and soft close doors, heated seats front and rear, memory seats and wireless charging in the front,  MBUX premium, Multibeam Intelligent Light System and reversing camera.

The Driving Assistance Package is also now standard equipment on all S-Class variants, and includes a number of updates, including to the Active Distance Assist Distronic system, which now responds to stationary road users to prevent collisions up to 80 mph, instead of the previous 37mph.

First UK vehicles arrive late 2020.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.