2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Our spy photographers recently caught up with the 2018
Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan prototype doing testing runs under
minimal camouflage. Compared to the current model, the model we
saw testing only features mild changes on its exterior profile.
Read along to find out more about this range-topping luxury
hauler from Mercedes:

2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Exterior

The exterior will only feature mild changes. One of the new
changes is the revised headlights which feature the automaker’s
rendition of Multi-beam lights. The headlights also integrate
sharper LED DRLs that feature three strips. The new lights
allow the driver to leave the high beams permanently on.

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While on the road, monitoring systems of the car will detect
other road users and send signals to the LEDs which are
individually controlled which in turn light up dark sections of
the road.  The bumper has also been revised and is
integrated with new air intakes. The grille however is carried
over unchanged.

The flanks also feature subtle changes including revised ORVMs
along with new signal lights, a chrome strip that runs along
the lower section of the car and new multi-spoke alloy wheels.
The rear looks unchanged from the current S-Class.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Interior

Our spy photographers were lucky to get a glimpse of the
upcoming S-Class cabin.  The most notable change in the
cabin is a new sport, 3-spoke steering wheel mounted with
touch-sensitive buttons. The unit is adopted from the latest
E-Class.

The cabin also features bigger a display screen without buttons
between them, as is the case in the current models.  The
outgoing model’s rotary selector for the infotainment system
has been replaced with a touchpad controller.

In addition, the model is also expected to feature electronic
features similar to the one on the E-Class. Likely features
will include a Drive Pilot semi-autonomous feature among
others. The S-Class cabin will be better equipped than the
E-Class to back up its status as the top luxurious sedan in the
automaker’s lineup.

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Engine and performance

It is too early to know the power trains the German automaker
will use on the luxurious sedan. However, I am certain Mercedes
will update the vehicle’s drive-trains. One thing I am sure of
is that the 9-speed automatic transmission system will find its
way to the model’s drive-train setup.

The automaker may retune the current engines to provide more
power or could choose to hook up the model with new mills.
Among the likely engines to be featured is the 4.0 L engine
from the automaker’s AMG brand.

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Price and release date

It is also too early to talk matters price. The model is likely
to make a debut in the second half of next year. I expect the
automaker slightly hike the price of the model to reflect the
new changes.

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Competition

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class goes one on one with the
Audi
A8,
BMW 7 Series and the Jaguar XJ.
Models from traditionally non luxurious automakers are also
catching up fast hence these automakers have to continually
upgrade their models to remain a step ahead in this luxury
sedan market.