The mid-life facelift for Mercedes’ flagship sedan has been released a short while ago and the car is nothing short of amazing. The all new 2018 Mercedes-Benz S Class comes with quite a few improvements inside and out. On top of that, most of the previous engines have been discontinued and replaced with all new units. These offer more power than before and they should also be more efficient. The end result has to be one of the better upgrades we have seen in a while from the German manufacturer.
The car is still based on the same platform as before and it still features roughly the same design scheme. However, this time around it is a bit closer to the E-Class but more on that a bit later. The car is still reasonably heavy for its class. Luckily though it looks like Mercedes revised the running gear with new air shocks and likely better brakes. These should give the driver slightly more confidence than before.
On top of that, the biggest change has to be the all new set of safety systems. Not only does the S-Class comes with more active systems as before. Things like frontal collision warning or even a rear collision avoidance system are offered on the base model. The more impressive feature is the car’s autonomous driving system. Thanks to a new set of sensors, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz S Class can pretty much drive itself on most roads.
The car uses GPS data which it combines with what it receives from its sensors. Thanks to that the adaptive cruise control system will accelerate or brake depending on the road conditions. The car will also be able to overtake by itself and it will be able to come to a complete stop in order to basically drive itself inside cities.
The design – inside and out
The interior of the new S-Class received a reasonable amount of attention over its predecessor. While the design looks mostly the same as before, there are a few new features. The most important is the car’s new set of LCD screens.
These 12.3 inch screens have been updated with much better panels than before and they have been covered by gloss glass in order to look miles better than their predecessors. The software and hardware that runs these screens has also been updated while the control center has been revised in order to be slightly easier to use.
The exterior of the car is pretty much the same as before, but this is only true for the base models. Mercedes added a new set of trim levels that come with much sportier bumpers, exhausts and even wheels. These are similar to the AMG model but they still retain the classy appeal of its cheaper siblings.
2018 Mercedes-Benz S Class Specs
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz S Class comes with all new engines from top to bottom. In Europe there is a new inline-four turbo petrol engine which is good for 306 horsepower with an extra of 17 horsepower available from a mild-hybrid system. Further up the range there is the S450 which boasts 367 horsepower from a twin-turbo 3.0 liter V6.
The range-topping model ditch their old 4.7 and 5.5 liter engines for a brand new 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 built by AMG. This provides 469 to 612 horsepower and as much as 900Nm of torque on the range-topping S63 model. There is also a new diesel engine. This is a new 2.9 liter inline-six turbocharged and electric supercharged unit which is capable of 286 to 340 horsepower and as much as 700Nm of torque. This uses a 48V electric system not only to drive its electric supercharger but also to drive all the auxiliaries, so there are no actual belts on the engine.
|2018 Mercedes-Benz S Class|
|Dimensions And Weight|
|Engine And Transmission|
|Engine type||3.0L Twin-Turbo V6|
|Power/torque||363 HP / 369 LB-FT|
|0-60 mph||5 Sec|