When you create the very first automobile and subsequently define the benchmark for luxury flagships the release of a new edition is a global event weighed with anticipation and massive expectations. With the new S class Mercedes did not disappoint and in the process introduced a slew of new technologies that not only set precedence also advance automotive possibilities. The driver assist package are some of the most advanced and actually are the closest to autonomous driving in its segment among internal combustion options. With everything from lane assist to steering assist to adaptive cruise control to collision prevention to brake assist. You get sophisticated solution that could allow for fully autonomous driving if the law permits. Another feature I like is the object detection integrated into the night vision package that allows you to recognize pedestrians that are too dark to be seen by the naked eye. These technologies increase the distance between the S Class and the increasing field aiming to contend for the luxury flagship sedan throne. The fit and finish on the interior has also tremendously improved to parity with luxury coach build. With this S class Mercedes has produced a new benchmark that has a 4.6L V8 that makes 449 HP, 516 lb-ft of torque an AWD system that still gets 26 mpg on the highway. Base price on the S550 4Matic is $95,900 and the loaded model I drove costs $122,895 delivered. For more info visit www.mbusa.com.