Filed under: Luxury Cars & Autos
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has always been as much about safety as it is about style and luxury, which could help explain why so many of the features we now find common in automobiles first appeared in the top-of-the-line Benz. Mercedes isn't about to lose that edge, and so they've worked up this special ESF 2009 concept, based on the S400 Hybrid, to showcase the new safety equipment they're working on.
Among the features included in the ESF concept are new airbags hidden in the seatbelts, in between the seats, underneath the car (to help decelerate in case of an imminent crash) and inflatable metal beams to add extra crash protection while saving weight and space. Mercedes has also equipped the show car, set to debut sometime next week, with seats that move the occupants away from the doors in case of a side collision and reflective tire sidewalls to help prevent them in the first place.