With the upcoming 2021 W223 Mercedes-Benz S-Class about to be launched in September 2020, Mercedes-Benz has been teasing some of the newest technology and features of the flagship sedan through their Meet the S-Class Digital web series.
In the latest update, Mercedes-Benz has revealed that the W223 will feature the E-Active Body Control active suspension system as an option. This feature is also seen in the GLE SUV. It adds semi-supporting pneumatics to the air suspension and is connected to a 48 V intelligent motor.
This active suspension system works to respond predictively to different driving situations with the help of 5 multi-core processors, more than 20 cameras, and a stereo camera.
For example, in comfort mode, the E-Active Body Control adjusts the suspensions accordingly in reducing discomfort over bumps with the help of the stereo camera monitoring the road ahead. Meanwhile, around the corners, body roll and passenger discomfort can also be reduced thanks to this system.
For the W223, the E-Active Body Control also works together with PRE-SAFE during a side collision by raising the body upwards by up to 80 mm. This makes the door sills to absorb most of the impact which reduces damage to the passenger cell. This feature is also seen in the current Audi A8.
With the introduction of rear passenger airbags, will we see another revolutionary safety feature that will eventually be in a regular car 10 to 15 years from now?