THE 2018 editions of the Mercedes-Benze S-Class saloon range will feature new engines, the latest safety features and new comfort and wellness features across the range when they arrive in Australia shortly.
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class range will utilise two new engines – a six-cylinder diesel in the S 350 d and S 400d L models, and a petrol V8 for the S 560, S 560 L and AMG S 63 L models. The V12 engine has been reserved exclusively for the range-topping model, the Mercedes-Maybach S 650.
The equipment offered on S-Class models is comprehensive. Standard features on all models include the Comand online system, intelligent automatic climate control, air suspension with continuously variable damping system, dynamic select transmission, and smart phone integration with Apple Car Play and Android Auto.
Wireless charging for mobile devices is also standard, along with multi-beam LED headlamps, which quickly and precisely adjust to the current traffic conditions via 84 individually controllable LEDs, plus an ambient interior lighting scheme featuring 64 colours and 10 colour schemes.
Selected models are fitted with comfort control, setting new standards when it comes to comfort and well-being. Making its world debut, the system has six programs which combine different comfort functions for a harmonious set-up. This enhances physical comfort and performance while driving and during a break.
Also available on some models are electronically adjustable rear seats, powered rear side window blinds, an air balance package which improves air filtering and fragrancing, and a rear seat entertainment system.
The range of standard driving assistance and safety systems includes active braking assist, crosswind assist, evasive steering assist, active lane change assist, attention assist drowsiness protection and the occupant protection system Pre-Safe.
New, and also part of the standard specifications, is Pre-Safe Sound, which prepares human hearing for the anticipated accident noise when there is a risk of a collision. Distronic active proximity control and active steer assist are also on hand to improve safety, including automatic speed adjustment.
This is complemented by evasive steering assist and driving assistance package Pre-Safe Plus, which includes pedestrian recognition and additionally takes into account dangerous situations caused by traffic following behind, such as a rear impact.
In addition, the class topping and prestigious Mercedes-Maybach S 650, gains a four-seater layout with electrically adjusting rear seats including heating and cooling settings, plus a full-length console, folding tables and an additional 77mm of legroom (including electrically adjustable footrest) behind the front passenger seat.
Additionally, a powerful V12 engine along the magic body control active suspension system ensure a smooth and effortless driving experience for all occupants.
Pricing starts at $195,900 for the S 350 d, while the S 560 and S 560 L hit the road at $270,000 and $295,000 respectively. The Mercedes-AMG S 63 L is $375,000 and the Mercedes-Maybach S 650 is priced at $425,000. All prices are manufacturer list prices, and exclude on-road costs, dealer delivery, and luxury car taxes.