2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class First Look May 4, 2017 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)

If you are waiting for the latest model from Mercedes-Benz then wait no more, the automaker has officially announced their fully updated lineup. Every single model has notable adjustments. At the top of our list is the flagship model, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Clas with subtle updates to the bumpers, wheels, and trim—and big changes under the hood.


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The 2018 S-Class follows the Mercedes-Benz trend of naming each model after their engine. Since the powertrains are new for 2018, the model names are as well. The S450 comes with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine and 362 horsepower. The S560 is the successor to the S550, swapping out the 4.7-liter twin-turbocharged V8 with a more refined 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8. In the S-Class sedans, this engine, which is also found on other Mercedes-Benz models, makes 463 horsepower and 516 pound-feet, an increase of 14 horses. The powertrain updates extend to the most powerful versions from AMG. Instead of the 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8 found on the 2017 AMG S63, this model has a version of the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with an additional 26 horsepower for a total of 603 horsepower and 644 pound-feet. The AMG S65 keeps its 621-horsepower, 738-pound-foot twin-turbo V12.

Back at the Top

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The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has traditionally been the most advanced and feature-filled car from the luxury automaker, but with the 2017 updates to the E-Class, it temporarily lost this title. Mercedes-Benz fixes this with the 2018 S-Class, adding advanced features that were just introduced to the E-Class and more. This includes enhanced radar and sensors so the vehicle can scan the surrounding environment in every direction, improved autonomous driving, new adaptive cruise control that can slow for turns and curves, and the ability to change lanes by itself among others. You will also now find the 12.3-inch digital dashboard displays in the S-Class. For those looking for a concise list, the new tech on the S-Class includes active steering, stopping, and driving assistance, Car-to-X Communication, Pre-Safe Plus, Pre-Safe Impulse Side, and Pre-Safe Sound.

Other Stylistic Updates

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Those who can’t imagine driving a Mercedes-Benz without the cruise-control stalk will quickly learn to adapt as this is gone for the 2018 S-Class. Instead, cruise control is now controlled by buttons right on the updated steering wheel. This steering wheel now uses touch-sensitive control pads like those from the E-Class to create a more high-tech feel. If you take a closer look at the exterior of the S-Class images for the 2018 model year, you will notice that the LED headlights have changed their appearance and sit on a new front fascia. The front grille that used to be exclusive to the V12 models is now on all S-Class vehicles, and the rear has new taillights and a new bumper. With a more refined look and more aggressive engines, the 2018 S-Class is back at the top of the lineup.


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