Also included in the launch line-up for the facelifted S-class is the S560 – a model which resurrects one of the most revered model designations ever used by Mercedes-Benz. It will use the twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 petrol used in the existing S500.
There will also be a S560e, which will replace the current S500e, which runs the turbocharged 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder petrol engine with an electric booster compressor and an electric motor in combination with a 48 volt electric system.
Further up the line-up, the updated S63 eschews the twin-turbocharged 5.5-litre V8 petrol engine of its predecessor for the most powerful iteration of AMG’s twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 powerplant. Power has increased by 26bhp to 612bhp, with torque remaining the same as previously at 663lb ft.
The performance saloon is set to hit 62mph from standstill in just 3.5sec, beating its predecessor by 0.5sec.
The range-topping S65 continues to run a twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre V12 delivering 621bhp and stout 737lb ft of torque.
Further models will be introduced in 2018, including replacements for the S300h, S400as well as the upmarket V12-powered S600 and S650 Maybach models.
The facelifted S-class is visually distinguished by a series of subtle exterior styling changes, including new look grilles across the range, revised headlamps featuring a distinctive new three stripe LED day time running light graphic, re-profiled bumpers and altered crystal effect tail lamps.
Inside, there are revised digital instrument and infotainment monitors offering the choice between classic, sporty and progressive themes, new touch sensitive controls for the infotainment system as well as revised cruise control system controls within a redesigned steering wheel, a wireless smart phone charging option and new LED lighting offering up to 64 different interior colour themes.
In a first, the new S-class also offers so- called energising comfort control – an new optional system that networks the air conditioning, fragrance feature, massaging seats, lighting and sound system to boost comfort and driver well- being across six programmes: freshness, warmth, vitality, joy, comfort and training.
Among a wide range of driver aids, the upmarket saloon can also be optioned the most advanced autonomous driving technology offered by Mercedes-Benz, the so-called Distronic Active Proximity Control and Active Steer Assist system. It automatically accelerates and brakes the new S-class saloon within posted speed limits, while providing autonomous steering for periods of up to 30sec.
Further advances for the S-class saloon include an upgraded version Mercedes-Benz’s Magic Body Control system featuring the Curve function that tilts the body by nearly 3.0 degrees in corners – as already offered by the S-class Coupe. The LED headlamps have also been revised with a new optional ultra-range function that is claimed to offer main beam light intensity performance of over 1 lux for a distance of up to 650 metres.
On sale in October, Mercedes UK is likely to ditch the entry-level SE trim as 80% of current sales are AMG Line. Prices will increase slightly over the entry-level AMG Line model, the 350d, which starts from £71,585.
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