As early as April 2021, Mercedes-Benz Philippines already opened the order books for the new 2022 S-Class. Customers were even offered the chance to customize and spec the vehicle to their liking. The company didn't say exactly when, but they did confirm the flagship luxury sedan will debut sometime this year. After a five-month wait, it's finally here.

Mercedes-Benz will offer one variant of the new S-Class as the S 500 4Matic Long AMG Line.

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The seventh-generation S-Class made its world premiere in September last year. On the outside, it's grown up, featuring a longer wheelbase and a new look, vastly different from the previous generation model. It's one of the most tech-loaded Mercedes models available today too, which occupants will enjoy, but we'll get to that later.

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First, let's talk about the exterior. Mercedes-Benz made the body curvier and sleeker versus past models, giving it a low drag coefficient. Its headlights are now slimmer and the grille is wider as well. Interestingly, the 2022 S-Class uses Mercedes' new Digital Light Headlights with a new three-dot design and projects one million pixels per headlamp to provide optimal lighting.

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At the rear, the German marque made big changes too. The taillights are no longer vertical as with the past S-Class models. Instead, they're now horizontal, and it's the first model to have lengthwise taillights since the W140 chassis from 1991 to 1998. Depending on the variant and spec, customers can even fit 21-inch multi-spoke AMG wheels on their new S-Class.

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The interior of the 2022 S-Class sees the biggest change. Starting with the rear seats, where most S-Class owners will be seated, these are wrapped in can electronically recline. Occupants can even extend the leg rest to stretch out a bit. Stuck in traffic? Just turn on the seat massage functions and relax. Enjoy some rear entertainment from the dual 11.6-inch displays, which can be controlled by the tablet on the armrest. A Burmester 3D surround sound system with 15 speakers provide clear audio for everyone to enjoy.

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If you happen to find yourself in the driver's seat, you'll be greeted by a new dashboard with a large 12.3-inch touchscreen front and center equipped with Mercedes' latest MBUX system. To keep occupants safe, the 2022 S-Class comes with a wide array of safety systems, including Active Distance Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Brake Assist, and Active Parking Assist to name a few. Mercedes-Benz even installed airbags for the rear passengers for added protection.

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Powering the 2022 S-Class is a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six with EQ Boost mild hybrid system. Total output is rated at 435 horsepower and 520 Nm torque. A 9-speed automatic gearbox then sends power to all four wheels via Mercedes' 4Matic AWD.

The 2022 Mercedes-Benz S 500 4Matic Long AMG Line will retail for 17,890,000. Customers can specify their individual preferences with the more exclusive customization program offered by Mercedes-Benz Philippines.