The current generation of Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan has been very successful for the automaker accounting for over 300,000 in sales since its debut in 2013. To maintain this impressive run, the automaker has hooked it up with some mid-cycle refresh that includes a new lineup of engines as well as some extensive interior upgrades. However, exterior changes are subtle as the design is quite impressive the way it is. The new engines in 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Maybach have influenced naming of the trim levels. As a result, there is new S450, S560, Mercedes-Maybach and Mercedes-AMG naming conventions.
2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Maybach Exterior
Exterior changes are minimal. Most of the new changes are concentrated on the front fascia. The model flaunts a new grille. Actually, it is the grille of models with the V-12 mill that has been extended to all models in the lineup. The models also feature new headlights. The Mercedes-Maybach S560 features a new chrome trim as well as Maybach logos between its front grille louvers. Lower models ride on 19-inch wheels. The automaker offers two additional 20-inch wheel design choices with the S65 being set apart by exclusive 20-inch forged aluminum rollers that feature ceramic mirror polishing. At the rear, the models feature a new bumper and 3-bar taillights. All AMG Models add a “jet wing”-looking front bumper as well as a 3D front splitter. Other features carry over unchanged.
Usually, flagship sedans do not go through significant exterior revisions as the designs are more conservative and buyers want them to stay the way they are.
Interior of new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Maybach
The biggest change in the cabin is the new Intelligent Drive suite that bundles together the latest driver assistance and safety technologies which take the model closer to autonomous driving. The new technologies include Active Steering Assist, Active Emergency Stop Assist, Active Distance Assist Distronic and Active Speed Limit Assist. The vehicle also features a Route-Based Speed Adaptation that enables the vehicle to anticipate speed reduction according to the map data of the route i.e. junctions, bends, toll booths, roundabouts and exit ramps.
That is not all; the model also features Evasive Steering Assist, Active Brake Assist that integrates Cross-Traffic alert, Active Lane Keep Assist, Active Blind-Spot Assist, Pre-Safe Plus and Car-to-X-Communication. It has also borrowed some E-Class features such as the Pre-Safe Impulse Side which enables inflation of seat bolsters in the case of a side impact. It moves the occupant 2.75 inches away from the crash zone. The model also features a Pre-Safe Sound that protects passengers from hearing loss in case of a crash.
The models will have new upholstery choices; they are Magma Grey contrasted with Espresso Brown, Mahogany with a Silk Beige contrast and Silk Beige with a Deep-Sea Blue contrast.
The models also feature a three-spoke steering wheel as well as a new generation of the COMAND multimedia system.
The S450 and S560 feature as standard the Energizing Comfort package that links climate control and the fragrance system with the seat heating, massage and ventilation functions as well as with LED backlighting, console heating and musical ambience. It also features LED lighting system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Smartphone integration and 64-color ambient lighting.
Nappa leather is the standard upholstery material.
The S560 4Matic features rear exclusive seats that have a 43-degree angle as well as power calf rest for both seats. There is also extended leather coverage on the seat console and door sills. Surfaces not covered in leather feature the most premium wood trim. The steering wheel is also wrapped in leather.
Optional features for the 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Maybach variants include folding tables for rear passengers, a refrigerator box at the rear, a panorama roof along with Magic Sky Control handcrafted champagne flutes finished in silver and a Split-view entertainment system at the front. There is an option for a Silk Beige with Titanium Grey Pearl contrast or Silk beige with Satin Red contrast for its semi-aniline leather.
The AMG S63 features as standard Race Start, Dynamic Select, Multicontour Adaptive Sport Seats, 3-spoke performance steering wheel as well as a Track Pace app, all in M-spec
All rear-drive models have Curve tilting function and Magic Body Control.
Engine and performance
Mercedes has equipped the 2018 Mercedes S-Class with a range of new engines. The base S450, as well as S450 4Matic, are powered by a 3.0 L, twin-turbocharged V6 that produces 362 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Moving up, the S560 and the S560 4Matic are equipped with a 4.0 L, twin-turbocharged V-8 that produces 463 horses and 516 lb-ft of torque. This engine has a 10% better fuel economy than the unit it has replaced according to Mercedes. This is courtesy of its new cylinder-deactivation technology.
Moving to the big boys of the lineup, we start with the AMG S63 which gets a 4.0 L, twin-turbocharged V-8 mill that spits out 603 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. This engine is hand-built. Like the S560 V-8, the engine features cylinder deactivation technology which also helps boost its fuel economy. The huge amount of power enables the sedan to hit 60 mph in only 3.4 seconds from a standstill start. The engine is paired with a newly designed AMG-Speedshift 9-speed automatic transmission that conveys power to all wheels via an AMG Performance 4Matic+ AWD system. To enable this mill to breathe with ease, it is paired with a performance exhaust system that also produces different sound according to the driving mode selected. The vehicle also features a sports suspension that uses the automaker’s Arimatic technology. The automaker has also hooked up the S63 with speed-sensitive steering.
As impressive as you find the S63 4.0 L, V-8 mill, it is not the “top dog” of the segment, that honor is left to the 6.0 L, twin-turbocharged V-12 that produces 621 hp and an outstanding 738 lb-ft of torque. These are huge numbers for a luxury sedan. The engine powers the AMG S65 and carries over from the outgoing model. This engine channels power only to the rear wheels via a 7-speed automatic gearbox. Uncharacteristically, the engine is much slower than that of the S63 as it requires 4.2 seconds to hit 60 mph compared to S63’s 3.4 seconds. The engine is outfitted similarly to the S63 but its AMG Sports Suspension uses Magic Body Control along with adjustable ride height and curve-tilting functionality.
Price and release date
During the model’s debut at Shanghai auto show, the automaker did not disclose its official prices. These details will be available close to the model’s on-sale debut in the last quarter of 2017.