The Mercedes-Benz S-Class, formerly known as Sonderklasse (German for "special class", abbreviated as "S-Klasse"), is a series of full-sized luxury flagship vehicles. The S-Class designation for top-of-the-line Mercedes-Benz models was officially introduced in 1972 and has remained in use ever since.
The S-Class has debuted many of the company's latest innovations, including drivetrain technologies, interior features, and safety systems (such as the first seatbelt pretensioners). The S-Class is available in standard and long-wheelbase versions; I4, V6, V8, V12, diesel and hybrid powertrains are offered. These are mated to a 9G-Tronic transmission.
A host of technological features on the inside include 64 ambient lighting colours to choose from, an AIRBALANCE package to keep the air fresh in the cabin at all times, wireless charging in the rear seats as well as a 13 speaker premium Burmester sound system.
Added body styles include the S-Class Coupe and Cabriolet models. Special models of the S-Class include the armored S-Guard.