Mercedes reveals outline sketch of all-new T-Class; 2022 launch likely

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In terms of the T-Class's design, Mercedes says it'll be "clearly discernible at first glance as a member of the Mercedes-Benz family and will feature unmistakably typical characteristics of the brand".

The German firm's flagship model has led the way for technology and safety for some time - in fact it's often referred to as the "best auto in the world" - and now Mercedes is readying its seventh-generation S-Class ahead of an imminent debut. Not much info was given, but we do get a few details.

When it comes to "firsts" in the auto world, few cars have more than the Mercedes S-Class. The same hydropneumatic air suspension from Mercedes SUVs like the GLE and GLS carries over to the S-Class for the first time, and it pretty much follows the same premise. For example, the active body control suspension system improves ride comfort, but also safety, because it allows the vehicle to raise on one side in the event of a side impact to reduce its effects.

According to Marcus Breitschwerdt, head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, the T-Class will "make it possible for families and those with active pastimes to step into the Mercedes-Benz world". Both the E-Active Body Control suspension and Pre-Safe Impulse Side control will be optional on the S-Class. Again, that's the same as what's now available in the GLE and GLS.

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Jürgen Weissinger, chief engineer S-Class, said: "The rear-axle steering makes the S-Class as manoeuvrable as a compact auto".

Customers will have the choice of two rear axle steering set ups, one with a steering angle of up to 10 degrees and one up to 4.5 degrees.

The Mercedes CLE will also most probably be built on Mercedes' MRA platform and can be configured with either an all-wheel or rear-wheel drive. Even for the S-Class with a long wheelbase, the turning circle is reduced to under 11 metres. After its global debut, we expect the T-Class to also arrive at our shores. These new second-row airbags are only available with the Executive Rear Seat Package.

The S-Class will be revealed in full in September, with an Australian arrival expected next year.

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