Mercedes-Benz unveiled the refreshed S-Class lineup this week at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show. Every model, from the standard S450 all the way up to the Mercedes-Maybach S650, gets a host of revisions both inside and out. New engines reside under some revised bodywork, while the interior receives updated colors and trims. New tech and safety features make the S-Class even more advanced than before.
2018 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Exterior and Interior
All S-Classes get facelifted front and rear bumpers that put it more in line with the slightly curvier E-Class. Radiator grilles previously found only on the V12 models are now available across the line. The LED head- and taillights are updated. There are also two new 20-inch wheel designs available. The S-Class also gets an updated safety suite. The S-Class also gets wireless phone charging in the center console.
2018 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Under the Hood
The Mercedes-AMG S63 uses a twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V8 like other models, but it turns up the wick to 603 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. If, for some reason, you want more, the S65 will throw you a V12-shaped bone that puts out 621 horsepower and 738 torques. As with the Maybach, the V8 AMG uses a nine-speed automatic and all-wheel drive, whereas the V12 removes two gears and two driven wheels.
The S63’s performance bent is reflected in both a more aggressive exterior and a sportier interior, with massive brakes, AMG-specific sport seats, a unique steering wheel, a stiffer suspension and a louder exhaust. The S63 also has a launch mode, which helps it reach 60 mph in a hilariously quick 3.4 seconds.
Other features include Active Brake Assist with Cross-Traffic function, Evasive Steering Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Car-to-X communication, and Pre-Safe Plus. The new S-Class also gets trick safety features that first debuted on the E-Class like Pre-Safe Impulse Side, which can inflate the seat bolsters when an imminent side impact is detected to move the occupant up to 2.75 inches away from the crash zone; and Pre-Safe Sound, which omits an interference signal that can help prevent hearing loss in the event of a crash.
2018 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Price and Available
Pricing for the 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan will be revealed closer to its on-sale date in the U.S. in late 2017.