The S-Class has traditionally served as a platform for new technologies and the next-generation model is expected to be no different. Not only will there be a host of new safety features, such as PRE-SCAN active suspension, but the car is also expected to feature the automkaer's first plug-in hybrid system, as previewed by last year’s Vision S500 concept car.
But focusing on the cabin, senior interior designer at Mercedes-Benz Hartmut Sinkwitz has revealed to What Car? that the new car will feature a radical change in interior design that's likely to influence the automaker’s future models. Styling will adopt influences from the F800 Style concept car but the biggest change will be a new interface that does away with the rotary knob of the current COMAND system.
2010 Mercedes-Benz F800 StyleEnlarge Photo
“The design is realy looking forward,” Sinkwitz explained. “In most designs there are aspects that you carry over, or must use--there is always some switchgear that you must use for cost reasons, or for brand reasons, but this will be different. It is a clean design.”
According to previous reports, the new S-Class could also feature an advanced human interface concept dubbed SERVO-HMI (Human Machine Interface). Previewed in 2007’s F700 concept car, the interface system features a virtual operating assistant that responds to human speech and can even carry a simple conversation.
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