First pictures of subtley facelifted Mercedes S-class
8 April 2009

Mercedes has facelifted the S-class, giving its biggest saloon a very subtle visual refresh with new headlamps and tail-lights, and an upgraded interior.

The engine range has also been updated. There are six engines available, five petrols and one diesel, and all offer improved fuel consumption and lower emissions. The most frugal version is the S350 CDI, which averages 37.2mpg.

The car is also packed with the latest technology, much of which will be seen on the new E-class when it goes on sale in June. This includes a system that automatically dips and brightens the full beam of the headlights, lane assist, automatic cross-wind stabilisation, a drowsiness detection system and a night view system.

At the front there are clear indicators on the headlights, and LED driving lights feature on a lowered bumper. The range-topping S600 models also get a new grille with double bars.

At the rear, the outgoing car’s distinctive tail-lights (which had bars separating the lenses) have been replaced by smoother one-piece items. The door mirrors have also been redesigned for improved aerodynamics.

Inside there’s a new steering wheel and new trim choices, as well as new door trims and a new seat design. As an option, buyers can specify a central display screen that offers a split view, so, for instance, the driver can look at the sat-nav and the front passenger watch a DVD.

The new S-class goes on sale in the UK this summer.

The Mercedes S400 Hybrid was also unveiled at today's New York motor show, but will not go on sale in the UK.

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