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Loaded with an array of modern technology and luxury, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S class is set to arrive in a Mercedes-Benz dealer near you this September. Although the shape and profile of this ultra-luxury automobile remain largely untouched, the S-Class’ softer, rolling curves give way to sharper lines, and a more well-built front face features larger lower intakes, a wider, more upright grille and a new headlight design. The rear end also gets a chiseled new look.

Absolute luxury starts with a first-rate interior, and the S-Class delivers in spades. The quality of the wood, leather, and metal interior materials is unmatched for a mass-produced car. Buyers can personalize their cabins with six interior colors, four leather colors, four levels of leather, four types of wood trim, and a new Air Balance system that flows air over a perfume dispenser to give the cabin a discreet but personalized scent. LED ambient lighting highlights various features, and drivers can pick from seven color choices.

The dashboard is redesigned in a horizontal theme, with a pair of 12.3-inch TFT screens showing a wealth of information. The left screen projects digital gauges, while the right screen handles the navigation, communications, climate and entertainment functions. These functions are controlled through Mercedes’ familiar COMAND interface that features a dial on the center console.

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class will offer a revised version of the outgoing model’s twin-turbocharged 4.7-liter V8. In S500 trim, the carryover engine produces 449 horsepower (up 20 hp) and 516 pound-feet of torque and it will pair with a seven-speed automatic transmission. Mercedes says the new S500 will cover zero to 62 mph in 4.8 seconds.

Of course, the S-Class would not be a Mercedes-Benz flagship without a tour de tech. One safety system, designed for use in Germany but adaptable to other markets, recognizes traffic signs and can alert wrong-way drivers of their error. An available adaptive suspension will use multiple onboard cameras to read the road ahead and adjust the damping to suit the surface. The Distronic Plus steering system, along with lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control and multiple sensors and radar systems almost make the S-Class an independent driving car.

The release of the Mercedes-Benz S class is approaching quickly. To stay up to date, visit Mercedes-Benz of Tucson.

 

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Google Glass is quickly becoming a must have accessory of the moment, but it could play the same role for luxury car owners soon. Google Glass is a wearable computer that provides the user with real-time information that is projected in front of their eyes. As well as providing turn-by-turn directions to the wearer, Glass can display the time, take photographs and videos, display emails and answer queries. It is voice-activated, meaning the wearer would not need to take their hands off the wheel to navigate to a new destination while driving. Glass currently offers navigation when tethered to a smartphone, but using it requires that you wear the device the entire time.

Mercedes-Benz believes it can play a key role in the future of motoring by making Google Glass a complete navigation experience. The idea is described as having a seamless navigation experience that combines the driving directions while in a car and directions while walking without requiring any switching.

The primary goal, according to Mercedes-Benz, is to create a navigation system that seamlessly moves with the wearer from inside to outside the car. This means that if you enter a destination before you leave your home it’ll automatically transfer to the car’s built in navigation system as you drive and back to the Glass when you get out of the car, allowing for walking directions to your final destination.

Although, this idea is still a few years away from being implemented into the real world, as Google Glass itself is still under development and not even generally available to consumers yet, but Mercedes Benz is clearly aiming to be ready if it catches on with its customers. In the meantime, visit a Mercedes-Benz dealership to see how Mercedes continues to prove its agnosticism when it comes to technology with applications such as those that work with Apple’s Siri voice command system.

For the latest in Mercedes-Benz technology, visit Mercedes-Benz of Tucson.