2018 Mercedes S-Class facelift is coming. The current W222 S-Class literally rules the world. But winners can’t rest on their laurels forever. In 2017, the updated model comes to market and here IS EVERYTHING WE KNOW.
Biggest change comes at the front, where the new Mercedes S-Class will carry new grille and bumper, plus the latest generation of multi-beam LED headlights. This system allows the driver to permanently drive with the high beam on – depending on the traffic situation individual LED units are turned off, for example, to avoid dazzling oncoming traffic. Furthermore, particular emphasis is put on pedestrians at the roadside or animals.
While the exterior of the Mercedes S-class is hardly changed, Mercedes will give the interior a stronger overhaul. The large center display will turn out a little larger than today’s 12,3 inch diagonal, while the frame separating it from the TFT dials behind the steering will also be deleted. In addition, the occupants may operate the Comand system via gesture control, Mercedes’ obvious answer to the corresponding system in the new BMW 7-series.
Besides minor changes in the design department and possibly the seats, the new S-Class will feature a brand new three spoke steering wheel. Obviously, the two-spoke version of the current S-class has had its day.
The engine range of the Mercedes S-Class will be heavily revised too. The new luxury liner gets the new straight-six diesel and gasoline engines with twin turbochargers and up to 340 hp and 700 Nm maximum torque. The other units receive more power and will emit less CO2 emissions. The nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic transmission will be standard across the range.
The plug-in hybrid 500 e is also revamped with a straight six-cylinder with 3.0 liters displacement, combined with a powerful electric motor and the nine-speed automatic transmission, plus the latest generation of litium-ion batteries. The S-class hybrid also boasts wireless charging via induction, an option that can fill the battery with up to 3.6 kW per hour.