Mercedes Benz Will Make EVs, Autonomous Not on their Cards Anymore

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Designing and launching a car that can automatically drive itself to its location is still a far off dream according to Mercedes Benz.

While Tesla and many other automobile brands are offering an autonomous solution with varying degrees, to keep things simple Mercedes is no longer part of this race.

Similar to how some technologies will take more time before they can be officially announced to the public, autonomous driving is highly experimental. Google cars and Tesla implemented it on a large scale but it still requires the driver to be seated in the driving seat. They are also expected to keep their hands on the steering wheel to keep the driving possible or else the car would usually come to a stop. Mercedes showcased the F 015 luxury in motion concept car revealing how cars would look in the next five years.

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According to a publication in Germany, Dieter Zetsche, head of the firm is focusing on strong profits but pursuing innovation in the right direction. He commented that they no longer rely on just innovation like sharing cars or trying to make cars achieve the highest level of autonomous. With so many limitations, the company’s head said, “we are not going to compete in a race that will not enable us to win and this doesn’t make logical sense to keep going in that direction.”

Software is Still Not There

According to Mercedes Benz, the software feature is not modern enough to accommodate such a huge feature. It should be able to automatically drive a vehicle, avoid obstacles and enable users to enjoy a comfortable ride. They are not supposed to pose lots of limitations which would make desirable cars not so fun anymore as they used to be. Such things will invariably affect what the brand offers which is not something both investors and the brand’s head would want.

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Waymo is a company that offered robot taxis which is being used in public roads and a similar design was offered for buses. However, Mercedes Benz focuses on making autonomous cars that will be used by individuals on a wide range of roads. They are no longer limited by a specific route as these public transports would offer and it is a challenge for the software to adapt to such changing requirements in a completely new environment. It is officially confirmed they are not interested which should translate into their future cars too.

2021 Mercedes Benz S-Class Brings in New Driver Assistance Features

The new 2021 Mercedes Benz S-Class is all about providing a comfortable and safe driving experience.

The company is upgrading its safety features along with infotainment elements. All these changes will possibly put it along the lines of the BMW 7-series and the Audi A8. They are also planning to compete with the Porsche Panamera.

As the name suggests, the 2021 edition of the S-Class is scheduled to hit storefronts in the United States next Spring. While we still have many more months to go before the official reveal and a full list of the features to look forward to, some of the information is readily available now. The variants including the S500 and the S580 will both feature 4MATIC powertrains with a combination of mild-hybrid powertrains to be more energy efficient. They will also feature touchscreens that can be used in portrait mode and digital displays to provide lots of information at a glance.

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Some of the unique changes that we could immediately spot include the design of the grille which flows more naturally than in the outgoing edition. The size of the headlights has been modified to keep them looking sleek and provide a slightly aggressive look to the vehicle. The roofline is similar to the one found I the existing models while the door handles protrude from the doors to make it easier to access them.

Color Choices and Performance Numbers

In terms of power, the S500 variant will be powered by a turbo six 3.0-liter engine with mild hybrid options. As expected, it will offer meager numbers at 21 horsepower while the main engine is responsible for delivering 429 horsepower combined with 384 lb-feet of torque. The powertrain will be mated to a nine-speed automatic gearbox which can reach a top speed of 130mph but the acceleration capacity is not revealed at this time.

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The primary focus of the 2021 Mercedes Benz S-Class is the driver assistance features. It includes adaptive cruise control combined with an automatic speed limit set based on the zone you are driving. The emergency stop, lane change assist and active lane control are paired with an active blind-spot monitoring system and parking assistance. There is a rear airbag system as an additional safety feature. The Level 3 autonomous system will further make life easier for drivers but will be implemented as a first step before moving onto Level 4 autonomous in the United States if local law permits.

Overhauled Mercedes C-Class Borrows Luxury Design and Styling Cues from S-Class

Mercedes-Benz has overhauled its C-Class vehicle lineup by borrowing the luxury design and styling cues from its top spec model, the S-Class. This is expected to boost the image of C-Class from a ‘not very nice’ to something which has a great presence.

The front end has been made longer; the rear end looks short and trimmer while the middle part has the luxurious flourish of the S-Class. The overall length of the vehicle has been increased by four inches, most of which has been used up for legroom for the rear seat passengers.

LED headlights in the front end are standard features, while the large panel roof up is an optional feature, though experts feel that it is worth the price. The test driven model, the Mercedes Benz C400 4Matic, with standard features and an all wheel drive is expected to cost around $50,000. The optional multimedia system, which includes a larger screen, navigation system and a camera, is estimated to increase the price by $2700.

Other optional features include the airmatic adaptive suspension system (approximately $1200) which adds plenty of agility to the C400. The optional adaptive cruise control (estimated at $3000) manages lane centering, alerts and sensors for forward cross traffic and also has an active blind spot alert. The large panoramic roof is also an optional feature expected to cost around $1500.

The interior of the new C-Class has a great S-Class luxurious feel. The ergonomics and the design of the console are great-looking and comfortable for use. All C-class models would feature a larger LCD with the navigation system on the top and a smaller one at the base.

Moreover, many of the features in the car can be managed in many ways through natural gestures and voice commands. The ‘looking’ gesturing can help you navigate through the various selection options such as finding a radio station, selecting the media or entering a destination. Voice command is an optional feature, though. The Burmester Audio, which was a very fairly expensive optional feature earlier, is now a standard feature in the C400 model.

All models would feature 7-speed auto transmission and the optional agility control has multiple drive modes to choose from, including eco, comfort, sport and sport plus modes. Additionally, the driver has the option of customizing all requisite parameters.

The steering wheels feature the ubiquitous paddles. The forward collision alert does not stop the car entirely, but applies partial brake. The lane-keeping and blind spot sensors either give you a vibration warning or set the car in the correct lane or by moving your car away from other vehicles on the road. These sensors can also sense overtaking vehicles and let you know of any potential problems.

The C400 features 3L V6 Twin Turbocharged German engine delivering 329 horsepower and a peak torque of 354 pound-feet and can reach from 0-60 mph in under-5 seconds.

BMW 7 Series is Keen on Beating Mercedes S-Class in Every Aspect

Competing and winning over the Mercedes Benz S-Class is not an easy task, but according to latest updates, BMW 7 series is poised to taste victory, no matter what.

Development chief at BMW, Klaus Froehlich is extremely confident that the next gen version of their car has all the features, the exquisiteness and the competence to beat the S-Class from Mercedes. Talking about the upcoming launch, he confirmed that the 7 series plug-in hybrid model will set a new benchmark in fuel efficiency.

Apart from helping buyers save money on gasoline, the car is also expected to offer the best mileage in the electric car segment. Obviously, you don’t take the expensive Tesla Model S into consideration because other manufacturers are still in the budding stages of creating fully electric sedans.

“We aim to deliver at least 40 kilometers on full charge while the gasoline engine will take care of the rest from then on. A wide range of new features will be equipped in the vehicle including touchscreen interface with iDrive technology, digital keyfob, wireless charging among other new integrations”, confirmed the development chief.

In comparison, the Mercedes Benz S-Class offers just 33 kilometers in its plug-in hybrid variant. The new BMW 7 series car is constructed on a carbon fiber shell, which contributes to its lowered weight yet the sturdy feel for best drivability. The infotainment system has been upgraded with sensors making it easier for the users to wave their hand in front of it to complete a variety of actions. It saves time and makes it safer to make adjustments while focusing on the road.

The upcoming series is one of the most successful in their history. The earlier edition of the BMW 7 series cars had sold over 370,000 units, which BMW aims to beat with the launch of their next generation vehicles. They do have tough competition, not just from the Mercedes Benz S-Class, but from other manufacturers as well. While it might be a heated contention among companies, it’s a great time for the buyers to take their pick from a wide range of models.

Long gone are the days when petrol and diesel cars used to be the primary choice. Diesel is slowly going out of fashion because of them being high in emission and the Volkswagen debacle. They are being replaced by plug-in hybrid vehicles which will soon be replaced by a range of all-electric cars.

2016 BMW 7 Series – Can BMW Beat Mercedes S-Class?

During the past several years, the Mercedes S-Class was the luxury sedan to beat. The flagship by Mercedes offered looks, power, luxury, comfort and technology inside.

But the new 2016 BMW 7 Series looks to finally get over the hump and be the rival that Mercedes deserves. In the past, the BMW 7 Series offered everything that Mercedes does, but without the technology and safety features of the S-Class.

Before we go into what makes the 2016 BMW 7 Series competent rival, we must mention that the Mercedes S-Class was lastly updated in 2013. The S-Class is due for freshening in 2016 or 2017, but for now, it looks like BMW has the flagship to beat.

The lineup of the Mercedes S-Class includes a base model producing 455hp with V8 engine, but also powertrains with V12 engine and more than 500 ponies under the hood. And while BMW has yet to announce a hybrid version of the 7 Series, Mercedes already has few plug-in hybrids in the range for the S-Class. However, we are talking about the technological aspect here and here is what separates the 2016 BMW 7 Series from the field.

Gesture Control

The highlight of the technology inside the new 7 Series is the gesture control feature. The goal is to help the driver control his vehicle while focusing on the road. At the moment, gesture control has five basic functions, including accepting and rejecting phone calls, raising and lowering volume and a 360 degree view of the vehicle. All commands are simple. For example, pointing towards the screen accepts a phone call, while a swiping movement rejects the call. Rotating your finger lowers or increases the volume. Pinch and move is the command for a 360-degree car view. The 360-degree view or also called 3D view camera is made possible by multiple sensors and cameras. With gestures, the driver can actually see every look around his car. The system can also provide the driver with real-time rendering images of the environment around the car.

Touch Command Tablet

Another handy tech goodie in the 2016 BMW 7 Series is the introduction of bespoke tablet. This option is only available for the Luxury Rear Seating package, designed especially for business class drive experience. The tablet can be used by voice commands and control the audio system, mood lighting, sunroof, internet connectivity and much more.

Exercise and vitality program                         

We still do not know who will use this option, but it’s nice to have it. Thinking about the health and wellbeing of its passengers, the command tablet of the rear seats includes a vitality program that can transform the 2016 7 Series into a personal gym. This option is available with the “Rear executive lounge seating package” option, which guides the passenger through several isometric exercises that help people improve their health and stature. The exercises are presented on a large, 10 inch entertainment touchscreen display. All the exercises can be performed in the car.

NFC Technology

Apple made a huge breakthrough last year by introducing NFC technology as part of the iPhone 6. Now, car makers are trying to catch up and BMW is the first one to install NFC technology into the new 2016 7 Series. With a simple click and tap, you can connect your device to the car.

2016 BMW 7 Series – The New Gold Standard in Luxury Sedans Better than Mercedes S-Class

For now, BMW can claim it has the best luxury sedan on the market with the most tech goodies. Now in its sixth generation, the 2016 BMW 7 Series offers much more technology than the previous gold standard in the class, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

We will have to wait until the Frankfurt Motor Show to see the new S-Class in action. For now, the BMW 7 is the way to go.

At first glance, the 2016 BMW 7 looks the same as its predecessor. The German car maker didn’t want to change much, but take a deeper look and you’ll notice the small and subtle changes. The new 7 series is curvier and the front end is bolder. BMW has even added a subtle trick to improve aerodynamic, adding an active grille up front that opens only when the temperature under the hood heats up. BMW has also extended the headlamps, now as far as the grille and has added LED tail lamps.

What is inside is what makes the 2016 BMW 7 Series a flagship in the luxury sedans department. The new sedan by BMW is a technological Tour de force, loaded with sophisticated technology to make the driving experience as luxurious and as comfortable as possible.

When it comes to technology, we must start with the touch less gesture control. One of the biggest issues nowadays is driving and speaking on the phone and the 2016 BMW 7 series eliminates that treat. You can accept and reject calls with hand motions, without the need to press the touchscreen.
Going into the iDrive system, you can now control it via touchscreen, with options such as pinch and expand for zooming in or out. Voice activation can be used for the navigation system. Gesture controls are available for many more commands, not just answering and rejecting calls.

In the 2016 BMW 7 Series, the front passengers are not the only one getting tons of tech goodies. The rear seats have an option for removable tablet. The tablet allows control on seat adjustment, air conditioning, navigation, infotainment, interior lighting and much more. You can use the tablet to surf the internet or watch videos and listen to music.

The US market will get two versions of the 7 series, the 740i and the 750i xDrive. The lower end model is powered by a 3.0-liter, turbocharged V6 engine, producing 320hp, combined with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The higher end model is powered by 445 ponies, with a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine under the hood. The best thing is that the transmission is linked to the navigation system. That ensures that gear selection is always adapted and adjusted to the driving conditions. BMW has also added an all-wheel drive for the xDrive trimming, which helps with driving at high speed in extreme conditions.

A new plug-in hybrid is also planned, coming out next year. The plug in hybrid will feature a 2.0-liter turbo engine combined with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery.

With all that in mind, the only question is whether you should buy the new, 2016 BMW 7 series. For a price ranging between $81,300 and $94,400, the luxury sedan is surely worth the money. For now, we do not know how it compares to the new S-Class, soon to be released by Mercedes. But the 7 Series is definitely the best luxury driving experience car.

2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe Looks as Stunning as Big Brother S-Class

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe should make its way to the Frankfurt Moto Show scheduled for September.

But, before the official release at the Moto Show, the company has issued a press release, showing the 2017 C-Class coupe in its full glory. Like the C-Class sedan previously, the coupe looks like a lot like its bigger brother, the S-Class coupe.

Both inside and out, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe feels and looks like a baby brother of the S-Class; this was the goal of the Bavarian company, when the redesign of the C-Class was taken up. The new C-class coupe is in essence a scaled-down version of the S-Class coupe with many of the existing styling lines.

The front of the exterior looks exactly like the C-class sedan, but once you move towards the back, the removal of the rear doors makes the C-Class coupe an imitation of the S-Class. And the result is a unique and interesting look. For the 2017 C-Class coupe, Mercedes continues the strategy of mixing thrilling design, modern luxury and agile sportiness into a product that offers remarkable driving experience. The C-class Coupe is sporty, but also sensual.

Mercedes has reduced the weight of the construction, which contributes to better aerodynamics. The company also offers air suspension as an optional choice for buyers. Some of the elements that resemble the S-Class are the rear spoiler, the horizontal taillights and the strong shoulder line giving the coupe an aggressive slope on the top.

Under the hood, the coupe has the same engine as the sedan version of the 2017 C-Class, which is a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine producing 241hp. The more potent versions such as the C63 AMG, C450 AMG Sport and the C400 are yet to be announced.

The best part about the 2017 C-Class coupe is the addition of technology goodies. The coupe gets almost all the features like the sedan, including the 360-degree system of the camera, air conditioning linked with the navigation system and a bevy of electronic features that make the 2017 C-Class coupe almost a self-driving car. Some of the standard features include Attention Assist monitors, Collision prevention assist system and adaptive brake assistance system. The adaptive cruise control is also part of the standard system goodies.

Just like the sedan version of the 2017 C-Class, the coupe features a COMAND system, with the display screen positioned on the top of the dashboard. Mercedes adds the mbrace2 UI to the coupe, and lots of applications that are smartphone-friendly for better connectivity.