2018 Mercedes S-Class Sedan, A Technological Masterpiece

2018 Mercedes-AMG S63 Sedan (European model shown)

Time travel exists, it may not be the most conventional way of understanding it but it does exist, the proof is the Mercedes Benz S-Class.  This car has been the pinnacle of technological engineering excellence and has proved to be at the forefront of automotive technology. It has proven time and again that it possesses technology from the future, features that feel more at home in spaceship rather than a car.

Prices for the new S-Class start at $103,100 for the base model and goes up to $273,200 for the higher end options.

2018 Mercedes-AMG S63 Sedan (European model shown)

The 2018 S-Class mid-cycle refresh may seem that the car has only received certain cosmetic updates to the car however Mercedes claims that major changes have been made throughout the lineup.

The exterior has seen subtle changes the front end with a more aggressive grille and vents that allow for better airflow around the car. Furthermore, there are changes in the headlights which now spread a wider beam and can scan the road surface to anticipate bumps and other obstacles.

2018 Mercedes-AMG S63 Sedan (European model shown)

New models have been added and replaced to the current lineup, Mercedes has now introduced the S450 and the S560 both now housing V6 and V8 engines respectively. The S450 is the new replacement for the outgoing S550e plug-in-hybrid, the car is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 producing 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. The S560 is the successor for the S550 and now houses a new 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8, the engine produces 463 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. Both cars are available in the two-wheel or all-wheel drive options.

2018 Mercedes-AMG S63 Sedan (European model shown)

The higher end performance models have also seen revamp engine wise. The S63 AMG has had its twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 replaced with a higher-output version of the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8, there is a jump from 577 horsepower to 603 horsepower, the torque figures remains the same at 664 pound-feet. The transmission also has been replaced with the 9-speed automatic unit. The S65 AMG has remained untouched, the legendary twin-turbo V-12 is still available and is producing 621 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque.

The luxury Maybach’s have also been changed to incorporate the new names, the V-8 Maybach is now dubbed the S560 powered with the same engine, the V-12 Maybach however remains the same mechanically.

2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 Sedan (European model shown)

The S-Class was outshone by its younger sibling, the E-Class, last year when it introduced an autonomous driving mode called Drive Pilot. However, the S-Class is back on top with the options list and now houses this technology which includes an impressive 360-degree understanding of its surroundings and improved self-driving capability.

The difference now is that the S-Class can use map data and slow the car for impending curves, turns, or roundabouts through its adaptive cruise control technology. It can also change lanes by itself with Mercedes’ updated active lane-change-assist technology. Users also are given more information on the status of such lane changes thanks to improved graphics and indicators in the digital instrument cluster. According to Mercedes, whereas the E-class makes do with Generation 4 driver-assistance software, the 2018 S-class marks Generation 4.5

2018 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class Sedan (European model shown)

Other interior features that Mercedes’ have updated on the S-Class include the sharper digital displays like the ones used in the new E-Class. The infamous cruise control stalk has also been removed and now replaced with buttons on the new touch enabled steering wheel.

The S-Class is the ultimate sedan of the century, Mercedes did not need to update the car yet but they did a great job flexing their muscles and still showing whose boss when it comes to new proficient technology being installed in cars. The future is here.

Prices for the new S-Class start at $103,100 for the base model and goes up to $273,200 for the higher end options.

2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 Sedan (European model shown)

 

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