The current generation of the S Class has been released back in 2013 but the car received a major update with the new 2018 Mercedes-Benz S Class. Even though at a first glance the update might seem quite small, this isn’t really the case. While the car still looks on par with its predecessor, it received brand new engines as well as a lot of new features. The end result should be a far better car when it comes to high speed cruising without having to sacrifice on anything.
A new running gear?
Some rumors suggested the new S Class was going to be based on a new platform. Unfortunately this is not really the case. Instead Mercedes decided to further improve their current design so the car is still based on its predecessor. However, it seems the air suspension system received a few tweaks so it should now be able to be much better at anticipating the road conditions ahead. On top of that GPS-aided running gear the car can also be had with a brand new cruise control system.
Even though the car still doesn’t offer a true autonomous mode, the cruise control will automatically adjust its speed for upcoming curves or intersections and it will follow the speed limit of a certain road sector. The 2018 Mercedes-Benz S Class also received a semi-autonomous system which will be able to make lane-changes all by itself. It seems that Mercedes also installed a lot more sensors on the car so the S-Class may in fact receive new updates further down the road.
Inside of 2018 Mercedes-Benz S Class
The cabin of the new S Class isn’t that different from its predecessor. The car still features two LCD screens for the driver display. However, these are new 12.3 inch units which provide a higher resolution as well as a better viewing angle.
Mercedes also tried their best in order to appear like a single screen so there is a new piece of glass which further elevates the look of the cabin. As an addition, the range-topping models can now be had with individual rear seats that provide a much higher level of comfort than before.
Unfortunately the car still looks pretty much identical to its predecessor. While in the front there is a new grille and a new set of headlights, for an untrained eye it still looks like nothing changed. The rear follows the same recipe with a revised bumper and set of tail lights.
2018 Mercedes-Benz S Class Specs and Engines
Luckily all the engines found on the previous car have been discontinued. In their place there are 3 all new engines under the hood of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz S Class. The base US model now gets a 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8, smaller than the one before it. However, this provides a rather impressive 469 horsepower in the S560 and as much as 612 horsepower in the AMG model. Both of these manage to offer more while using less fuel. Europe on the other hand gets a few other new engines too.
There is a new 2.9 liter turbocharged inline-six diesel which is good for 286 or 340 horsepower. With as much as 700Nm of torque this is a massive improvement over the older V6. This engine also benefits from an electric supercharging system, so it has little to no turbo-lag. There is also a new 3.0 liter turbocharged inline-six petrol engine. This is set to develop up to 435 horsepower and it is set to become Mercedes’ new mid-range engine. All cars will benefit from a new 9 speed automatic gearbox which should allow the engines to make better use of their output while also providing a smoother ride for its passengers.
|2018 Mercedes-Benz S Class|
|Dimensions And Weight|
|Engine And Transmission|
|Power/torque||362 hp/369 lb-ft|
|0-60 mph||5.5 sec.|
|Top speed||155 mph|
|PRICE RANGE: $95,650- $98,000
|Competitors:BMW 7 Series,Cadillac CT6|