Upgraded S-Class will get a raft of changes when it goes on sale late this year and a hot AMG variant is likely to follow next summer

The facelifted Mercedes-AMG S 63 has been spotted testing ahead of its expected launch in the middle of next year. 

Exterior revisions to the AMG-tuned S-Class remain subtle. Camouflage on the front bumper indicates that this is where the majority of the S 63-specific styling revisions will be. Most of the facelift's more general changes – including new headlight clusters – have already been seen on standard S-Class test cars. 

As with its soon-to-be-facelifted Mercedes-AMG S 63 Coupé sibling, power is set to increase from its current 577bhp, although insiders won't specify by how much. 

Mercedes-Benz S-Class spied

The facelifted Mercedes-Benz S-Class has been photographed in the latter stages of development on the lead-up to a planned launch late this year.

The sixth generation of Mercedes-Benz's flagship saloon went on sale in 2013 but is facing increasing competition from the likes of the BMW 7 Series, Audi A8 and Jaguar XJ.

Exterior changes for the updated S-Class will be minor. These spy shots show some light camouflaging around the new front and rear bumpers. Earlier prototypes have also shown new LED headlight cluster designs. 

More complex changes are expected for the interior. The S-Class's digital instrument cluster was one of its hallmark features when the car was launched, but rivals have been quick to adopt the technology in their premium models.

For this facelifted model, Mercedes looks to be producing a wider, frameless dual-screen set-up, which will allow for a larger screen area. The new system will run the latest version of Mercedes' Comand infotainment software and it continues to be operated via a touch-sensitive controller on the centre console, although Mercedes is also known to be experimenting with gesture control.

Also new on this prototype is a thicker three-spoke steering wheel, which is understood to replace the current two-spoke design.

Engines from the current S-Class are likely to be carried over in their entirety but could come with minor improvements to fuel economy and CO2 emissions.

2018 Mercedes-AMG S 63 Coupé facelift spotted

Our Verdict

Mercedes-Benz S-Class
'Sporty' Mercedes have a three-pointed badge in the grille. Luxury Benzes get a three-pointed star atop the grille

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the self-proclaimed ‘best car in the world’, is back. Or is it?

Join the debate


13 November 2015

Looks like a giant C-Class.


17 November 2015

as a former S class owner and current C class owner, I can tell you that the difference between models is huge. The S class interior quality is beyond exceptional. From the solid aluminium Command turn dial that feels like its been cut from a solid piece of hefty metal, to the most comfortable chairs I have ever sat in, in or out of a car! The C class feels like it has nothing in common with the S class other than the badge.

All Mercedes money gets directed to their flagship. I can't believe they make much profit on these machines and suspect that as a halo car, it's main reason for existence is to show case technology which is filtered and watered down to lower mass market Mercedes models where the real profits for the company are made. My C class has some of the most uncomfortable seats I have ever sat in.

Off to buy an GLS, expanding family! Hope the new face GLS in 2019 will be based on the interior of the S class in future, but least the current model has comfy seats and can seat 7 easily. Now if only they could borrow the Audi V6 diesel engine from the new Q7 as the current Merced V6 diesel is a bit long in the tooth

24 May 2016

I wonder if it will indeed launch in April?

24 May 2016

It needed this. All the reviews I read said the new E Class had more upto date systems onboard, which wouldn't do considering the S class is the flagship. With all the tech onboard cars can't possibly last a 6 -8 year model cycle. Maybe 3 tops before they start feeling old.

11 July 2016

You've got to wonder what benefit (apart from the ability to be spotted by the pap's for marketing purposes) having the front bumper "disguised" gives?

In this day of modification, AMG Line and other general car bastardisation, you wonder why Mercedes (and other manufacturers for that matter) don't just leave it as undisguised.



It's all about the twisties........

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4 Spyder
    First Drive
    24 August 2016
    Awful driving position aside, drop-top Huracán handles UK roads well. It's more dynamically rounded than its rangemates, but lacks rivals' handling bite
  • Porsche Panamera 4S Diesel
    First Drive
    23 August 2016
    Its predecessor may have been a bit limp, but the Porsche Panamera 4S Diesel is crushingly rapid and suitably luxurious
  • Car review
    23 August 2016
    Can the best sports coupé of the decade absorb a contentious new engine?
  • Porsche Panamera Turbo
    First Drive
    22 August 2016
    Porsche has striven to make its Panamera even more luxurious this time around, but the four-seater retains the grip and pace to go with its increased refinement
  • Tesla Model S 60D
    First Drive
    22 August 2016
    Updated Tesla Model S gets tweaked styling and a new entry-level 60kWh powertrain. Could this new version be the pick of the range?