Earlier this week, the revamped 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class was revealed ahead of the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show. As expected, Mercedes Benz’s flagship model is now offered in several variants including the AMG specced sedan. Unique to this update is the suite of driver assistance technologies and active safety features under its latest Intelligent Drive system.
According to Mercedes-Benz, the new enhancements on the S-Class are the closest it could get to actual autonomous driving. The most notable ones include the new Active Speed Limit Assist, Active Lane Change Assist, Active emergency Stop Assist, Active Steering Assist and Active Distance Assist Distronic feature. It also comes equipped with the new Route Based Speed Adaptation technology that adjusts the vehicle’s speed according to the information seen on the map such as exit ramps, toll booths, roundabouts, junctions and curves.
Most mid-cycle updates are not technically considered as facelifts. Instead, the automaker performs a few tweaks here and there to bring a fresh new offer for their customers. This time however, the luxury sedan is almost not the same as its previous model.
Aside from adding strings of new technologies, there are also many new engine variants and accessories to visually enhance the car’s profile. As an example, Mercedes-Benz is offering new wheel options to complement the 2018 S-Class model’s smooth flowing contour, new front and rear fascias and new grille design.
Inside, the enhanced cabin now features an improved steering wheel design with various controls. There's also a dual 12.3-inch color display screen, touch control buttons and a touch pad controller along the center console.
For the higher-end engines, the Mercedes-AMG 63 variant comes with the new 603hp 4.0-liter biturbo V8 and is paired to a 9-speed automatic transmission. As an alternative, customers can also opt for the very luxurious Mercedes-Maybach S-Class trim upgrade. The exterior upgrade on the Maybach includes a wide range of chrome accents aside from the signature Maybach logo at the grille. It packs an impressive 463hp coming from its 4.0-liter biturbo V8 engine.
For safety, the updated sedan now also comes with Pre-Safe Plus, Car-to-X communication, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Evasive Steering Assist and Active Brake Assist with Cross traffic function.
Other impressive safety suites from the E-Class have also been included on the new S-Class such as the Pre-Safe sound technology that helps in the prevention of hearing loss in case of sudden collision. It also boasts of the premium Pre-safe Impulse Side that works by inflating the seat bolsters during side impacts. When detected, this allows the occupant to move at least 2.75 inches away from the danger zone.