On a test-drive in Germany, the cutting-edge sedan with classic aesthetics had us coveting a chauffeur.
High on a hill above Zurich, Switzerland, mist clings to the steeples of the Dolder Grand, a castle-like hotel built nearly 120 years ago. Extensively remodeled a decade ago, the complex is an unusual marriage of old and new, the restored original edifice now flanked by modern, free-form wings. Offering all the accouterments of a contemporary luxury hotel while maintaining its classical aesthetic, the Dolder Grand stands as a testimony that history and progress are not always incompatible.
In similar fashion, Mercedes-Benz has updated the S-Class with a refreshed design and some of the industry’s most advanced technology, while preserving the legacy of the stalwart sedan. Venerated for its spaciousness, quality, and superb ride, the S-Class sets the standard by which every other luxury sedan is judged.
The current S-Class was recently refreshed with subtle exterior design changes that include an updated front grille and new LED tail lamps that glitter like rubies, while a significantly redesigned interior incorporates wide, digital displays and enhanced passenger comfort. Beneath the surface, the latest S-Class boasts revised engines and a significantly improved semi-autonomous driving system. In all, 6,500 components have been retooled or replaced.