Mercedes-Benz has kick-started the Shanghai Auto Show with the official reveal of the much expected 2018 Mercedes S-Class face-lift. The luxury saloon has been due for a mid-cycle update since its launch in 2013 and catches subtle tweaks to the interior and exterior as part of the updates. While the cabin was already exposed in certified images last month, the official reveal brings forth all details on the new S-Class facelift including the enhancing changes, semi self-sufficient driving systems as well as the new engine options.
In the larger situation, the changes on the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class may not seem complete but it does bring in a fresh appeal to the saloon. The German auto maker has booked the flowing lines from the present W-222, but you get the new and bigger grille that adds to the noble looks, and the front bumper gets slightly larger air intakes. The headlights have also been revised and you now get Multibeam LED lamps, Ultra Range High Beam and road surface scan which detects bumps, as well as the new curve tilting function.
Mercedes-Benz has also additional a world’s first on a series production car ‘Energising’ luxury feature on the 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class facelift. The optional feature essentially links various comfort systems in the vehicle together, such as weather control, massage and fragrancing functions and ambience lighting. Under the cover, the new S-Class facelift is now obtainable in a host of engine options. The in-line six cylinder has made a comeback on the carmaker’s flagship saloon, which a lot of Mercedes loyalists will find pleasing. The S 350d 4MATIC now comes with a 3 liter six cylinder diesel tuned for 284 bhp and 600 Nm of torque, while the S 400d 4MATIC uses the same unit to create 700 Nm of torque and 336 bhp. Then, there is the new S 560 that substitutes the S 550 in the model’s line-up and gets a 4-litre V-8 petrol tuned for 464 bhp and 700 Nm of torque. For the Affalterbach fans, the 2018 Mercedes-AMG S63 4MATIC catches the same V-8, albeit belting out rated torque of 900 Nm and 600 bhp.
The new S-Class facelift also packs in a host of semi-autonomous driving technologies including Intelligent Drive. Active Steering Assist and Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC that will assist the driver in keeping a safe space, while the vehicle speed will also be mechanically adjusted around angles. There is also the Active Emergency Stop Assist and improved Active Lane Change Assist for additional driver aid. Sales of the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class facelift will commence in July this year crossways Europe, while the India launch is also scheduled for 2017 and is predictable to arrive around the festive season. Like the current model, the new S-Class will also be locally assembled at the Mercedes plant in Chakan, Pune, but do expect to see a marginal hike in prices