Mercedes-Benz S-Class facelift Preview
Earlier this year at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz uncovered a facelifted version of their flagship sedan S-Class. The current generation of the luxury saloon was launched in 2013 and since then it hasn’t received an update. This refreshed version of the S-Class brings in some changes on the outside as well as on the inside.
Changes to the exterior of the S-Class facelift aren’t many but give they sure do give it a fresh appeal. At the front, the updated S-Class gets a wider grille and larger air intakes on the bumper. The headlamps have been reprofiled too and now come with Multibeam LEDs, Ultra High Range beam and more. On the inside, the S-Class has what Mercedes-Benz calls as ‘energising’ comfort feature. This system essentially makes the climate control, ambient lighting and the massage seats work in correlation to provide a comfortable driving experience.
While updates to the design and interior may not be anything to write home about, the real magic is in the form of the second level autonomous technology. Thanks to this, the car can operate by itself for the most part but needs the driver to remain on standby in case of emergency. Like most of the new luxury cars, the S too will come fitted with two screens – one for the infotainment system and the other multi-function display behind the wheel.
The updated car will be plonked with the same engine options – a 3.0-litre V6 diesel that churns out 225 horses and a 3.0-litre V6 petrol that pumps out 330bhp. Both these engines come mated to Mercedes’ new nine-speed automatic transmission. Just like the outgoing model, this new iteration too will come with the Maybach badge. The Mercedes Maybach S500 will come fitted with a 4.7-litre V8 motor that is good for 452bhp. The most powerful S though, will be the Maybach S600 with the 6.0-litre V12 making peak power of 522bhp.
The S-Class is expected to be launched in a few months’ time. When launched, it will continue to hold its own against the Audi A8L, BMW 7 Series and the Jaguar XJL.