• 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

    The Mercedes S-Class received a mild update for 2018
  • Changes are few and noticeable upon closer inspection only, but highlights include a redesigned grille and larger intakes.
  • Six- and eight-cylinder models sport three twin louvers and vertical strips with a high-gloss black finish grille.
  • Around back, there are new LED taillight clusters with crystal jewel-like appearance and a revised lower bumper with integrated tailpipe trim.
  • The refresh is rounded off by two new 20-inch alloy wheel designs.
  • Mercedes-Benz updated the interior to include all the new tech it introduced with the recently unveiled E-Class.
  • New upholstery color combinations include: Silk Beige/Deep-Sea Blue, Magma Grey/Espresso Brown and Mahogany/Silk Beige.
  • The U.S. lineup now includes a 3.0-liter that’s good for 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque and 4.0-liter that delivers 463 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.
  • The S-Class starts out at $90,895 for the S 450 Sedan, $93,895 for the S 450 4MATIC Sedan, and $103,895 for the S 560 4MATIC Sedan.

Already a big hit, Mercedes’ flagship received a makeover

Launched in 2013, the current Mercedes-Benz S-Class has brought many innovations to the market. It also arrived in dealerships as a sportier, yet more comfortable proposition to the previous-gen S-Class, being praised for its fantastic ride, effortless acceleration, and the enormous amount of luxury and tech. In 2013, it had no rival, but BMW launched a new 7 Series in 2016, while Cadillac joined the full-size segment with the CT6. As a result, Mercedes-Benz updated the S-Class for the 2018 model year.

Although it’s safe to say that the outgoing S-Class was still competitive against its newer rivals, an update was necessary, especially in the tech department. That’s not to say that the S-Class was outdated, it’s just that Merc launched a range of new features with the latest E-Class, including semi-autonomous driving, that had to be offered in the top-of-the-line sedan too. Alongside the new tech, Mercedes also introduced a couple of new engines for the U.S. market and a new diesel for Europe. The facelift is rounded off by mild design upgrades and a revised model lineup.

Updated 10/06/2017: Mercedes announced prices for the new, 2018 S-Class. Check the "Prices" section for the full details.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Mercedes S-Class.

  • 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
  • Year:
    2018
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V6
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    362
  • Torque @ RPM:
    369
  • Displacement:
    3.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    5.5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
  • Price:
  • car segment:
  • size:
  • Purpose:
  • body style:
  • Overall:
    9.3/10

Exterior

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Changes are few and noticeable upon closer inspection only, but highlights include a redesigned grille and larger intakes.

As with most facelifts, the revised S-Class is pretty much identical to the outgoing model. Changes are few and noticeable upon closer inspection only. Highlights include a redesigned grille, with six- and eight-cylinder models sporting three twin louvers and vertical strips in a high-gloss black finish.

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There’s also a revised front bumper with larger intakes. Around back, there are new LED taillight clusters with crystal jewel-like appearance and a revised lower bumper with integrated tailpipe trim. The refresh is rounded off by two new 20-inch alloy wheel designs.

But despite the new S-Class being almost the old car from 2013, the German sedan is by no means dated when compared to the brand-new BMW 7 Series.

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Exterior comparison previous and updates S-Class.

COMPETING DESIGNS

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It’s a matter of taste whether you go with the 7 Series or the S-Class as both offer everything you’d expect from a large, premium sedan.

Launched for the 2017 model year, the latest-generation BMW 7 Series (left) is a significantly newer proposition. However, this doesn’t make the Bimmer much more appealing in terms of design. Due to its evolutionary styling, the 7 Series feels like a more comprehensive facelift to the previous generation model with an extra touch of sportiness. Somewhat aggressive for a full-size sedan, but also elegant thanks to its wide stance and mild creases, the 7 Series is a solid competitor for the S-Class, but doesn’t really stand out. Bottom line, it’s a matter of taste whether you go with the Bimmer or the Merc as both offer everything you’d expect from a large, premium sedan.

Then there’s the Cadillac CT6 (right), which in my opinion showcases a more unique design. Although not as sporty as its German rivals, it boasts that classic Cadillac flair with a high and simple beltline running from front to rear and massive front grille. All this is combined with styling cues first seen on the CTS and a long wheelbase that speaks volumes of its roomy interior. If you want a modern De Ville without with cheesy rear fender wings, the CT6 is the way to go.

Exterior Dimensions

BMW 7 Series Cadillac CT6 Mercedes S-Class
Wheelbase (Inches) 126.4 122.4 124.6
Length (Inches) 206.6 204 206.5
Width (Inches) 74.8 74 75.0
Height (Inches) 58.2 57.9 58.7
Track front/rear (Inches) 63.5/64.6 63.4/64 63.9/64.5

Interior

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Mercedes-Benz updated the interior to include all the new tech it introduced with the recently unveiled E-Class.

This is where the S-Class received a bit more attention, as Mercedes-Benz updated the interior to include all the new tech it introduced with the recently unveiled E-Class. Visually, it remained unchanged save for the two new natural grain ash wood trim options, new brown tones, and three new upholstery color combinations: Silk Beige/Deep-Sea Blue, Magma Grey/Espresso Brown and Mahogany/Silk Beige.

A more important update is the addition of a new steering wheel with touch-sensitive buttons. The feature was launched with the E-Class as a world-first in the automotive industry and detects horizontal and vertical swipes just like the screen of a smartphone or tablet. This innovation allows the driver to control features of the infotainment system using only their thumbs, which improves safety behind the wheel.

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Alongside the 12.3-inch screen of the infotainment system, the full-size now includes an equally large display as an instrument cluster.

The S-Class received the upgraded infotainment system with redesigned menus and functions, which also debuted on the E-Class. Alongside the 12.3-inch screen of the infotainment system, the full-size now includes an equally large display as an instrument cluster. In addition, the S-Class’ energy-saving LED interior is now be offered in 64 colors, yet another feature introduced with the smaller E-Class.

Finally, the sedan comes with the optional Drive Pilot, which can enable the S-Class to follow the car in front at speeds of up to 130 mph. The system uses automatic braking and accelerating, as well as the Steering Pilot to handle moderate bends. This feature makes make the S-Class a semi-autonomous vehicle, bringing it up to date compared to the BMW 7 Series.

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Interior comparison previous and updates S-Class.

THE COMPETITION

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The CT6’s ability to stream programs from sites like Hulu, Netflix and YouTube makes traveling in the rear seat a lot more entertaining.

While exterior looks are important, it’s inside the cabin where authentic luxury sedans are separated from the rest. And the new 7 Series (left) is definitely part of the elite. As you’d expect from a range-topping Bimmer, it’s available with the finest materials and trim ranging from genuine wood to aluminum. The panoramic roof is standard, while the intense Panoramic Sky Lounge LED roof is optional. Also optional is the Rear Executive Lounge Seating Package, which gives the right-side passenger the added comfort of a pop-out footrest and a seatback that reclines up to 42.5 degrees. Tech includes the iDrive 5.0 with touch display and Gesture Control, a removable seven-inch tablet for rear-seat occupants, and a Bowers & Wilkins Diamond sound system. It also comes with several driving assist features that turn it into a semi-autonomous car.

Although not as flamboyant as the S-Class, the CT6 (right) has everything it needs to give the competition a run for its money. Finished in typical Cadillac fashion, the cabin feels modern and clean and wrapped in all sorts of high-quality materials, including leather and Alcantara. Color choices vary from sober black to livelier brown and cream hues, and there’s a wide choice of trims to pick from. The 10.2-inch infotainment screen is fairly big but not as spectacular as the S-Class’ unit. On the other hand, Cadillac claims the CT6 has best-in-class storage room, and the 2.2-liter center console is a nice feature to have. The American sedan also comes with a quad-zone climate control system, a Bose audio system with no fewer than 34 speakers. The car’s ability to stream programs from sites like Hulu, Netflix and YouTube makes traveling in the rear seat a lot more entertaining.

Interior Dimensions

BMW 7 Series Cadillac CT6 Mercedes S-Class
Headroom front/rear (Inches) 39.9/38.9 40.1/38.0 39.7/37.4
Leg room front/rear (Inches) 41.4/44.4 42.3/40.4 41.4/43.1
Shoulder room front/rear (Inches) 59.2/57.7 58.3/56.1 59.7/59.1
Trunk Volume (cu ft) 18.2 15.3 16.3

Drivetrain

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Two new engines are available in the U.S., alongside two new nameplates.

The drivetrain department boasts more changes than any other area. Specifically, Mercedes-Benz just introduced two brand-new engines. The U.S. lineup will now include the S450, which uses a biturbo, 3.0-liter V-6 that cranks out 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Given that the outgoing lineup begins with the S550, the S450 will become the new entry-level model in North America. A 4Matic version with all-wheel drive will also be offered.

Speaking of the S550, it was replaced with the S560. Along with the name change comes with a new drivetrain, as Mercedes dropped the 4.7-liter V-8 in favor of the smaller, twin-turbo, 4.0-liter unit. Rated at 463 horses and 516 pound-feet, it’s 14 horsepower more potent than the outgoing powerplant, but at the same time, it consumes about 10 percent less fuel than its predecessor.

The S560 replaces the S550 with a 4.0-liter V-8.

To lower the fuel consumption, four cylinders of the new V-8 are deactivated simultaneously under partial load with the help of the CAMTRONIC valve-lift adjustment system. This reduces gas-cycle losses and enhances the overall efficiency of the four firing cylinders by shifting the operating point towards higher loads.

In Europe, the existing V-6 diesel was replaced by the company’s new 3.0-liter inline-six. This new mill cranks out 282 horsepower and 443 pound-feet in the S350d (a 27-horsepower increase and 14-pound-foot decrease) and 335 horses and 516 pound-feet in the S400d. The latter is the most powerful diesel Mercedes-Benz ever.

Mercedes S450 Mercedes S560
Engine 3.0-liter V6 biturbo 4.0-liter V8
Horsepower 362 HP 463 HP
Torque 369 LB-FT 516 LB-FT

COMPETING PERFORMANCE

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7 Series engine.

Just like the S-Class, the 7 Series is powered by six- and eight-cylinder engines here in the U.S.

Just like the S-Class, the 7 Series is powered by six- and eight-cylinder engines here in the U.S. The base 740i model uses a 3.0-liter inline-six that’s good for 320 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque, while the 4.4-liter V-8 in the 750i generates 445 horses and 480 pound-feet. Needless to say, both of BMW’s units lag behind Merc’s when it comes to output.

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CT6 engine.

Unlike the big German sedans, the Cadillac CT6 doesn’t have a V-8 yet. The range begins with an ultra efficient 2.0-liter four-cylinder, but to benefit from the extra mileage, you’ll have to settle for just 265 horsepower. More oomph comes from the larger, 3.6-liter V-6, which sends 335 horses to the wheels. Finally, the range-topping CT6 gets its juice from a twin-turbo, 3.0-liter V-6 rated at 400 horsepower. All three units seem underpowered, but the CT6’s architecture is significantly lighter, so the power-to-weight ratio is actually similar.

BMW 740i BMW 750i Cadillac CT6 Cadillac CT6 Cadillac CT6
Engine 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 4.4-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo V-8 2.0-liter Turbo direct-injected DOHC with VVT 3.6-liter V-6 direct-injected DOHC with VVT Twin-Turbo 3.0-liter V-6 direct-injected DOHC with VVT
Horsepower 320 HP @ 5,200 RPM 445 HP @ 5,500–6,000 RPM 265 HP @ 5,500 RPM 335 HP @ 6,800 RPM 404 HP @ 5,700 RPM
Torque 330 LB-FT @ 1,380 RPM 479 LB-FT @ 1,800–4,500 RPM 295 LB-FT @ 3,000-4,500 RPM 284 LB-FT @ 5,300 RPM 400 LB-FT @ 2,500-5,100 RPM
Transmission 8-speed automatic 8-speed Sport Automatic Hydra-Matic 8L45 paddle-shift eight-speed Hydra-Matic 8L45 paddle-shift eight-speed Hydra-Matic 8L90 paddle-shift eight-speed
Curb weight 4,195 Lbs 4,502 Lbs 3,657 Lbs 3,926 Lbs 4,085 Lbs
0 to 60 mph 5.4 seconds 4.6 seconds 6.1 seconds 5.9 seconds 5.0 seconds
Top Speed 130 mph 130 mph 149 mph 135 mph 155 mph

Prices

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Pricing for the revised S-Class starts from $90,895, which makes the nameplate almost $5,000 more affordable than the outgoing model. But that’s because there is a new base model with a V-6 engine. Add 4Matic all-wheel-drive and the sticker for the S450 version jumps to $93,895. Then there’s the S560 4Matic, which costs $103,895 before options, which converts to a $5,245 premium over the S550 4Matic it replaces.

Opt for AMG Line and you need to pay an extra $5,900. The Premium Package costs $5,000, while the Magic Sky Control retails at $4,950. If you want the the Burmester high-end sound system, be prepared to pay an extra $6,400. There’s also an Executive Rear Seat Package at $3,500, a rear-seat entertainment system at $2,650, and the Driver Assistance Package at $2,250.

Mercedes-Benz S 450 Sedan $90,895
Mercedes-Benz S 450 4MATIC Sedan $93,895
Mercedes-Benz S 560 4MATIC Sedan $103,895

Note: Prices include $995 delivery cost.

Options

AMG Line $5,900
Rear Spoiler $500
19-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels $2,480
20-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels $2,600
20-inch 10-spoke alloy wheel $1,920
Premium Package $5,000
PRE-SAFE Rear Seat Package $1,300
Rear Seat Package $1,700
Warmth & Comfort Package $2,600
Executive Rear Seat Package $3,500
Executive Rear Seat Package PLUS $1,950
Power outboard rear seats with memory $1,515
Refrigerator box for rear cabin $1,100
MAGIC SKY CONTROL $4,950
Burmester High-End 3D Surround Sound system $6,400
Rear Seat Entertainment system $2,650
Driver Assistance Package $2,250
Night View Assist PLUS $2,260

COMPETING PRICES

Pricing for the 7 Series starts from $83,100, for which you get the 740i. Opt for the 740e iPerformance hybrid model and the sticker jumps to $90,700. The range-topping 750i goes for $99,400 before options. Adding xDrive all-wheel drive on any of the above will set you back a further $3,000. The Cadillac CT6, on the other hand, comes with a significantly more affordable sticker, retailing from only $54,790 in base trim and with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The Luxury retails from $59,690, while the Premium Luxury starts from $64,890. The range-topping Platinum model is the only version that comes close to Mercedes-Benz and BMW pricing at $84,790 before options.

BMW 740i $83,100
BMW 740i xDrive $86,100
BMW 740e xDrive iPerformance $90,700
BMW 750i $96,400
BMW 750i xDrive $99,400
Cadillac CT6 $54,790
Cadillac CT6 Luxury $59,690
Cadillac CT6 Premium Luxury $64,890
Cadillac CT6 Platinum $84,790

Other Options

Audi A8

Redesigned for the 2018 model year, the Audi A8 is much newer than the S-Class. The comprehensive update brought the German flagship model in line with the rest of the Audi lineup, gaining more angular lines, a bigger grille, and an overall sportier stance, feature that debuted a couple of years ago on the latest-generation Q7. Much like the 7 Series, it’s an evolution of the outgoing model, but the design improvements are obvious all over the place. The cabin remained clean and subtle, but it feels classy and the tech package is impressive. Just like its rivals, it now features semi-autonomous technology. Various engine options are available globally, starting with a 3.0-liter V-6 rated at 340 horsepower. The bigger 4.0-liter V-8 cranks out an impressive 460 horsepower, but you also have two diesels to choose from. The 3.0 V-6 TDI comes with 286 horsepower, while the 4.0 V-8 TDI generates 435 horses. U.S. pricing is not yet available, but expect the new A8 to cost in excess of $80,000 in base trim.

Read our full review of the latest Audi A8.

Conclusion

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A massive improvement over its predecessor, the current S-Class is arguably one of the best full-size luxury rigs on the market. It has an unparalleled blend of luxury and technology, incredible ride comfort, and an endless list of safety and entertainment features, which makes it pretty difficult to improve. Fortunately, Merc launched plenty of new tech with the new E-Class, and all of it went into this facelift. In addition to the new tech, the mild visual updates should keep S-Class fresh for three or four years.

  • Leave it
    • * New 7 Series just hit the market
    • * Diesel not yet available in the U.S.

References

Mercedes S-Class

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Read our full review on the fifth generation Mercedes S-Class.

1998 - 2005 Mercedes S-Class 1998 - 2005 (W220)
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Read our full review on the fourth generation Mercedes S-Class.

1991 - 1998 Mercedes S-Class 1991 - 1998 (W140)
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Mercedes 140 series

Read our full review on the third generation Mercedes S-Class.

1979 - 1991 Mercedes S-Class 1979-1991(W126)
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Mercedes 126 series

Read our full review on the second generation Mercedes S-Class.

1971 - 1980 Mercedes S-class 1971-1980 (W116)
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Read our full review on the first generation Mercedes S-Class.

Press Release

The newly updated S-Class Sedan celebrates its world premiere with extensive innovations at the Shanghai Auto Show. Among the highlights are the extended suite of Intelligent Drive features that take another step towards autonomous driving and a new generation of Mercedes-Benz engines. The undisputed leader in the premium segment with regards to comfort and wellness sets new standards in the interior with the new generation of dual 12.3" high-resolution displays with a single bonded glass panel, new trim options and new upholstery offerings.

The top-of-the-range Mercedes-Benz sedan takes another big step towards the future of autonomous driving and elevates Intelligent Drive to the next level. For example, Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC and Active Steering Assist now provide even more support for the driver to keep a safe distance and steer. The speed is now adjusted automatically ahead of curves or junctions.

Further unique features of the S-Class in its segment include the LED Intelligent Light System with Ultra Wide Beam, Road Surface Scan (the forward-looking detection of bumps) and curve-tilting function.

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ENERGIZING Comfort is also a world-first entering series production. This optional feature links various comfort systems in the vehicle together, such as climate control, ambient lighting, massage and fragrancing functions, and allows customers to configure a specific wellness setup to suit their current mood or needs, enhancing physical comfort and performance on the road.

"The development of the new S-Class was extremely extensive. With a whole series of new features and functions, the S-Class remains a technological pioneer," says Ola Källenius, Member of the Board of Management responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.

The Mercedes-Benz flagship model was the best-selling luxury sedan in the world in 2016. Since 2013, the company has sold well over 300,000 sedans.

Three accents of light as an exclusive exterior design feature

Modern luxury in the new S-Class is clearly evident in the impressive quality of materials and workmanship. All models are fitted with a new grille: the models with six and eight-cylinder engines sport three twin louvers as well as vertical strips with a high-gloss black finish.

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On the Mercedes-Maybach, the upgraded front with extensive chrome trim underscores its exceptional status in the S-Class lineup. Also new is the Maybach logo between the louvers of the radiator grille.

In conjunction with the new LED Intelligent Light System, the S-Class features three distinctive accents of light as an exclusive design element, as well as the newly redesigned sporty front bumper with pronounced air intakes. The new LED taillamps, reminiscent of crystal jewels, stand out at the rear and ensure a characteristic design both by day and by night.

All models are fitted with a redesigned lower bumper section with an integrated visible tailpipe trim. The tailpipes are framed by a chrome trim element, which spans the entire width of the vehicle. Two new 20" alloy wheels are also available.

Control and display concept with widescreen cockpit and new generation of steering wheels

The interior of the new S-Class is characterized by two, new high-resolution displays, each with a screen diagonal of 12.3 inches. Visually, the two displays under one shared glass cover blend into a wide-screen cockpit; this central element consequently emphasizes the horizontal orientation of the interior design.

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Like the instrument cluster, this wide-screen cockpit contains a large display with virtual instruments in the direct field of vision of the driver as well as a central display above the center console. With the fully digital cockpit, the driver can choose from three different display styles (Classic, Sport and Progressive) and also configure the information and views relevant to them.

The newly redesigned S-Class has Touch Control Buttons on the steering wheel that respond to swiping motions like the screen of a smartphone and enables the driver to control the entire multimedia system without having to take their hands off the steering wheel.

The multimedia system can also be operated via the touchpad with controller in the center console and by Voice Control. The operation of Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC or standard cruise control is controlled via steering wheel-mounted controls.

Authentic materials and meticulous attention to detail

High-quality materials define the interior of the S-Class, including the two new natural grain ash wood trim offerings. The refined look and feel created through meticulous attention to detail and craftsmanship are a Mercedes-Benz hallmark.

The material and color concept has also been carefully composed, and features a wide range of brown tones, including three new upholstery color combinations: Silk Beige/Deep-Sea Blue, Magma Grey/Espresso Brown and Mahogany/Silk Beige.

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Lighting atmosphere with 64 colors

As before, the interior lighting uses only long-lasting, energy-saving LED technology. With 64 colors, the optionally extended ambient lighting offers a wealth of individual settings. It adds lighting elements on the trim elements, central display, stowage facility at the front of the center console, handle recesses, door pockets, in the front and rear footwells and on the overhead control panel when the vehicle is equipped with the Burmester® High-End 3D Surround Sound System.

All S-Class models are also fitted as standard with KEYLESS-GO®.

World-first: wellness while driving

ENERGIZING Comfort is a world-first entering series production. This optional feature links various comfort systems in the vehicle together. It systematically uses the functions of the climate control system (including fragrancing) and the seats (heater, ventilation, massage), the console heating as well as lighting and musical atmospheres, and enables a specific wellness set-up tailored to the mood and need of the driver. This enhances the physical comfort and performance both while driving and during breaks. ENERGIZING Comfort can be experienced in all seats, depending on the equipment level.

The following six Energizing Comfort programs can be selected:

Freshness
Warmth
Vitality
Joy
Comfort
Training (three trainings – muscle relaxation, muscle activation and balance - each with several exercises)

Each program runs for ten minutes and are visualized on the headunit with color graphics, and backed by suitable music. Five songs are already stored in the program. The key function in the "Vitality" program, for example, is fast and upbeat music. If personal music selections are available, for example via the Media Interface, the system analyzes them in the background and assigns them to a program based on the beats per minute (bpm). Individual functions of the program can also be deactivated.

ENERGIZING Comfort also incorporates ambient lighting, which is harmoniously tailored to each of the individual screen designs. The light stages the interior like a work of art by composing color worlds from different colors.

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The color worlds can be temporarily replaced with special effects – for example, a special lighting atmosphere can welcome the driver. In addition, the climate control system indicates whether the temperature is adjusted up or down through the color of the ambient lighting. The brightness of the LEDs adapts equally variably and can be set in five levels and four zones: wide-screen cockpit, area of front seats, rear compartment, and all lights.

In addition, the ambient lighting creates emotionally appealing contrasts and structures the interior into levels. 64 colors, ten color worlds and three different lighting zones (footwells, trim element level and wide-screen cockpit) enable an avant-garde lighting scene with spectacular color changes.

Powertrain: new engines with landmark technology

The S-Class model range now includes the S450 and S450 4MATIC with a 3.0L V6 biturbo engine that produces 362 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque.

The new 4.0L V8 comes to the starting line with 463 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque in the Mercedes-Benz S560 and Mercedes-Maybach S560 4MATIC. The new biturbo engine is among the most economical V8 engines in the world, and consumes about ten percent less fuel than the predecessor. To lower the fuel consumption, four cylinders of the new V8 are deactivated simultaneously under partial load with the help of the CAMTRONIC valve-lift adjustment system. This reduces gas-cycle losses and enhances the overall efficiency of the four firing cylinders by shifting the operating point towards higher loads. The turbochargers positioned in the V of the cylinder banks represent another special feature.

For superior performance with significantly reduced fuel consumption, the Handcrafted-AMG 4.0L V8 biturbo engine with cylinder deactivation replaces the previous 5.5L V8 biturbo engine in the Mercedes-AMG S65. Despite less displacement, the new engine produces 603 hp.

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Intelligent Drive: the next step in driver assistance systems

The S-Class takes another major step towards autonomous driving, elevating Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive to the next level. Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC and Active Steering Assist now provide even more comfortable support for the driver to keep a safe distance and stay in their lane. The speed is now adjusted automatically ahead of curves or intersections, which is complemented by a considerably improved Active Lane Change Assist and additional functions of Active Emergency Stop Assist.

Thanks to enhanced camera and radar systems, the facelifted S-Class has an even better view of the surrounding traffic. In addition, for the first time it makes use of map and navigation data to calculate driving behavior.

This means that Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC is able to assist the driver in many situations based on the route, and conveniently adjust the vehicle speed accordingly.

The "Assistance Graphics" menu of the instrument panel shows the driver at one glance which assistance functions are selected and to what situations the systems are currently responding to. Unmistakable icons provide information on the screen as well in the head-up display and all functions are now controlled from the steering wheel. The new Driver Assistance Package includes but is not limited to the following functions:

Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC uses substantially more map and navigation data, can support the driver based on the route, and Active Speed Limit Assist is able to conveniently adjust the vehicle’s speed.
Active Steering Assist has been noticeably improved across its entire performance range, resulting in markedly enhanced customer benefits.
Active Lane Change Assist has also been considerably upgraded. Now tapping the indicator stalk is all it takes to initiate a lane change. This lane change is executed within the next ten seconds and indicated in the instrument cluster with the appropriate visual display, if the vehicle sensor system does not detect any vehicles in the relevant safety zone the driver might have missed.
Active Emergency Stop Assist brakes the vehicle to a stop when Active Steering Assist is engaged and the system recognizes that the driver is not intervening in the driving process on a sustained basis.
Traffic Sign Assist: Posted speed limits are displayed for the current section of the route through image recognition and information from the digital road map of the navigation system. The vehicle speed is compared with the speed limit. When the driver selects the appropriate settings, a visual/ audible warning signal is issued any time the speed limit is exceeded.

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Ride quality: MAGIC BODY CONTROL improved and now with CURVE function

The S-Class made a technological breakthrough in 2013 with Road Surface Scan, a system that detects bumps ahead of the vehicle and adjusts the Active Body Control suspension accordingly. In the facelifted S-Class, this suspension control is further improved. The stereo multipurpose camera of the system now scans the road even more thoroughly, even in dusk and at higher speeds. Another comfort enhancement is the CURVE function, available in the S-Class Sedan for the first time (previously available on the S-Class Coupe only), allowing the body to tilt to the inside of the turn by up to 2.65 degrees, reducing the centrifugal forces perceived by passengers.

Long-distance vision: LED Intelligent Light System with Ultra Wide Beam

In 2013, the S-Class became the first automobile to exclusively use LEDs as light sources. The LED Intelligent Light System is now optionally available with advanced LED headlamps and Ultra Wide Beam high beams. The Ultra Wide Beam produce light at an increased width for maximum illumination of the road and surround area. For the driver, this means a clear improvement of the already great lighting performance of the LED Intelligent Light System. Adaptive Highbeam Assist is also part of the LED Intelligent Light System and allows drivers to drive with activated main beams without dazzling other road users. When there are oncoming vehicles or vehicles in front, the LEDs of the high beam modules are switched off. The other areas of the road continue to be illuminated with the mainbeam.

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Wireless charging of smartphones and new Concierge Service

The new headunit generation expands telephone options. With the help of Near Field Communication, compatible smartphones can be charged wirelessly (wireless charging works with all mobile devices that support or can be retrofitted to support the Qi wireless charging standard). The charging pad is integrated into the stowage compartment at the front of the center console.

The available Burmester® High-End 3D Surround Sound System with an output of 1520 watts was expanded even further with a speaker in the overhead control panel and two speakers in the sides.

The mbrace® Concierge service puts a host of individual services at the disposal of mbrace® subscribers: from making restaurant reservations, gathering information on movie times or sporting events and obtaining route guidance. Subscribers can establish a direct connection to mbrace® Concierge through the i-button in their vehicle. The personal concierge takes care of everything else.

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