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2012 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
2012 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Efficiency-minded buyers have their pick of hybrid or diesel with the S-class. The turbo-diesel V-6 is projected to earn a rating of 20/31 mpg on the EPA fuel economy cycle and is both refined and authoritative, but it is slow to respond off the line and during downshifts. Accordingly, we're not as impressed with the new engine as we have been with the less powerful Mercedes diesel or the diesels offered by BMW and Audi. For now, though, Mercedes is the only company to offer a diesel in a flagship luxury sedan. The S400 Hybrid was the first gas/electric car to use lithium-ion batteries and delivers impressive fuel economy and smooth acceleration from its V-6 engine and electric motor, but at 19/25 mpg it isn't as efficient as the diesel. The rest of the lineup focuses on speed, not economy. The S550 is powered by a 4.7-liter twin-turbo V-8 and accelerates to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds. Next up the food chain is the 510-hp S600 supersedan with a twin-turbo V-12 engine that accomplishes the same task in a paltry 4.5 seconds. Then there's the 536-hp S63 AMG with the twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8 that has replaced the 6.2-liter normally aspirated V-8. All those luxorockets, however, are left behind by the ludicrously fast S65 AMG and its twin-turbo V-12 that makes 621 hp and a massive 738 lb-ft of torque. But the S-class is more than great engines; it's also a driver's delight thanks to a balanced chassis, superb steering, and a supple ride.
2012 Mercedes Benz S350 BlueTEC 4MATIC Left Side 1
In its annual Color Popularity Report, DuPont named white the world’s most popular automotive color for 2012, with black and silver in second and third place, respectively. White/white pearl garnered a 23-percent vote, while black scored 21 percent, and silver making up 18 percent of cars sold worldwide. In 2012, Europe joins North America (U.S. and Canada), Japan, South Korea, Russia, South Africa, and Mexico as a country where white is the most popular car color. White has gained popularity over the past decade with the introduction of pearlescent shades that give the color a more upscale look. In China, black/black effect is the most popular color, while silver took top honors in South America, Brazil, and India. Black is seen as a luxury symbol in many markets, while silver became popular between 2000 and 2006 during the digital age. Gray, red, and brown/beige each gained one percentage point compared to last year. Blue maintained its rankings from last year. Color popularity in North America mirrored that of the worldwide stage, with white in the lead at 24 percent. White was the most popular color on compact SUVs and trucks. Though it came in second-place overall at 19 percent, black was the most popular color for midsize crossovers and luxury SUV segments. Silver earned the third place spot at 16 percent, but didn’t lead any segment. In Europe, the pattern for first and second place is repeated, with white again finishing before black. Gray narrowly beat out silver for third place at 15 percent, while Blue increased to 8 percent of the European market. See how the color distribution breaks down by region in the images below. Source: DuPont
Mercedes Benz Aesthetic S Sculpture With Designers
Automobiles are indeed rolling sculptures, but Mercedes-Benz often takes the metaphor to another level, using static sculptures to hint at future vehicles or design directions. In this case, Mercedes’ latest piece of abstract art appears to preview the next-generation S-Class sedan. Dubbed “Aesthetics S,” Mercedes-Benz officially states the new sculpture provides “an artistic glimpse of the luxury saloon of the foreseeable future,” but it’s painfully clear the car in question is the next S-Class, which is due to launch in late 2013.  Heck, Mercedes’ own release also mentions the S-Class, noting the range frequently “serves as a symbol and role model for the motor car. “The characteristic lines of the S-class have always represented the expression of automotive culture as we understand it,” boasts Mercedes-Benz design chief Gordon Wagner, in a prepared statement. “The new S-Class will continue this tradition and, with its striking lines, will put a face to our design philosophy over the coming years.” Aesthetics S is the fourth in Mercedes-Benz’s Aesthetics line of sculptures, but it differs from its predecessors in its presentation. Instead of a full three-dimensional representation of a vehicle body or interior, Aesthetics S is a more like to a relief, and showcases only the surfaces visible from the side of the vehicle. Mercedes amplifies the presentation by bathing the form in reflected light, which is allegedly presented in three acts. We’re more interested in some of the surface detail hinted at here. Our previous spy photos of the next S-Class hinted at a flowing, traditional roofline, but the Aesthetics S piece hints also incorporates a strong character line that starts at the nose, peaks at the driver’s door, and quickly tapers downward before the rear fenders. A second line, which could potentially serve as a light catcher or rocker sill, echoes the first but curves upwards towards the rear wheel arches. Both lines could be employed on the next S-Class, but test mules we’ve seen appear to be devoid of either form. Mercedes plans on showing the Aesthetics S sculpture at the Paris Motor Show in September, but we’ll likely have to wait until early 2013 to see the new S-Class in its entirety. Source: Mercedes-Benz
2014 Mercedes Benz S Class Front Three Quarter
All three of the German luxury giants have new flagships coming in the next few years. We've already told you about the next-generation BMW 7 Series due in 2015 – and its M770ix variant – but now we have all the details on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and 2014 Audi A8. Georg Kacher details them below. –Ed
Mercedes Benz S Class AMG Spied Front Three Quarter
The upcoming Mercedes-Benz S-Class has been caught testing and now we’ve captured the AMG version as well. The large sedan might be missing the quad exhaust pipes (an easy AMG giveaway), but a close inspection reveals that this is indeed a go-fast variant.
2010 Mercedes Benz S600 Front Three Quarter
The days of record-high profits for Mercedes-Benz dealers in China may be over. Bloomberg is reporting that the German luxury automaker has been offering drastic discounts as high as 25 percent on some models like the S-Class, the brand’s flagship sedan, which is usually spared such price slashing.

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2012 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Specifications

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3.5L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
19 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
25 MPG
295 hp @ 6000rpm
284 ft lb of torque @ 2400rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear
  • Radio
  • CD Player (optional)
  • CD Changer
  • DVD
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