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Mercedes-Benz teased its updated S-Class flagship sedan, which is slated to officially debut in Shanghai next week. But ahead of that big reveal, AutoGuide. It can now automatically adjust speed for curves and intersections it encounters. The new S-Class gains a host of other advanced features as one might expect, things like Active Lane Change Assist, the ability to read traffic signs and Multibeam LED headlights with Ultra Range high beams, handy for permanently blinding other motorists.
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Additionally, Remote Parking Assist sounds like a nifty bit of tech, allowing you to maneuver into tight spaces via a smartphone app. Ahead of its firewall, the S-Class will feature a host of new engines including both gasoline and diesel inline-sixes as well as a twin-turbo V8. On the dashboard, the only option available with the gorgeous Canadel wood is a glossy black piano trim -- you cannot get burled wood here, nor straight wood grain.
Rolls wanted the aesthetic motion to run forward, into the noir. Into the piano black. Which might make you wonder: There's lots of interior space and plenty of legroom and headroom for four passengers to feel like royalty.
The front seats are heated and air-conditioned, while the rear seats are heated, too. The seat belt buckles have sun sensors so that, if it's too sunny on one side of the car, the climate control system automatically pumps out more air conditioning to that side. For extra visibility, the sedan comes with an Adaptive Front Lighting System. It automatically adjusts the angle of the headlamps and swivels the left and right headlights independently so you can see further down the road and along every curve and bend.
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Rain-sensing windshield wipers start instantly with the slightest drop of rain. As for safety features, the Lexus has multiple front, side curtain-shield and front knee airbags, plus vehicle stability control and traction control, power-assisted antilock braking and electronic Brake Force Distribution.
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And the ride, power and performance are impeccable. Under the hood, the rear-wheel-drive LS is powered by a 4. The sedan hugs the road beautifully and the gear changes are seamless -- it's like driving on a cloud. The six-speed automatic transmission is coupled with a sequential multi-mode shifter.
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Normally I'm not a big fan, but using the shifter in sport mode is actually fun. And it's an incredibly quiet ride -- there's no interior noise entering from the outside world. One thing that needs improvement is the exterior design. The style hasn't evolved much over the years. Although I do love the sporty, larger inch chrome alloy wheels, the bigger lights, and the twin exhausts, the exterior design is still a bit generic, conservative and boring -- not as eye-catching as a BMW 7-series.
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From the outside, this vehicle needs a makeover -- an edgier, bolder design to make it more hip and distinguish it from other wheels on the road. At least Lexus knows a change is needed. The company is introducing new designs for its models starting with the Lexus GS sedan. The revised GS is sportier, sleeker, and more aggressive than ever before.
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And, one hopes, the LS will follow suit. But under the hood and inside the cabin, the Lexus LS is a refined ride with loads of luxury, power, and performance. And it's the ultimate toy crammed with gadgets and gizmos. Six-speed automatic transmission with sequential multimode shifter. Cool technology, power, performance, handling, and comfort.
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