Cutting-Edge Car Features: Mercedes-Benz

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From safety to sound, the S550 sedan features numerous trailblazing technological elements.

Mercedes-Benz plans to flood the roads with 30 new cars over the next seven years—roughly one new vehicle every three months. We drove one of them, the 2014 S550 sedan ($93,825), which hints at the broad range of models and innovations to come.

While the carmaker has introduced lower-priced (albeit rougher-driving) options—the CLA250 ($29,900), for instance, is a four-door, four-cylinder, front-wheel-drive vehicle with an attractive sporty look inspired by the German company’s CLS models—the S550 epitomizes luxury and is so technically adept, it’s on the verge of driving itself.

Our S-Class experience took place in Canada, starting at the well-appointed Four Seasons Hotel Toronto (60 Yorkville Ave.; 416-964-0411; fourseasons.com) and ending in woodsy Muskoka a couple of hours away on Route 400. (Muskoka is nicknamed the Malibu of the north, thanks to the number of Hollywood celebrities who are part-time residents there.) Along the way we tried many of the car’s high-tech features, from sophisticated safety systems to killer audio capabilities. For a closer look at these and more, check out our slideshow.