The mid-cycle facelift for the Mercedes-Benz's S-Class have been disclosed to the public eye via these leaked shots. The images that recently surfaced and others like it were published online by SaudiShift and revealed what appear to be alterations made on the updated S-Class.
Upfront where the changes are more noticeable, the more improved S-Class has a cleaner front bumper design with a chrome bar found across the width of the lower air intake area. Its grill has also been changed with a recent elliptical chrome slats, with the internals of the Multibeam Lead headlamps revised as well. Meanwhile, the rear has received some minor alterations.
There is a small revision made to the rear bumper and a new chrome bar connecting with the 2 exhaust tips. Internally, the state of the art sedan is fitted with larger screens for both infotainment and instrumentation purposes. The screens found on the updated sedan are devised to look like one continuous unit. Also it is seen that some minor tweaks were added to the lower center console as well.
It's also rumoured that BMW will add gesture controls for the infotainment system in addition to a devised touchpad, isn't that sweet? A new three-spoke thick rimmed steering wheel instead of the recent model's 2 spoke tiller is also installed.
The S-Class is also sporting S560 4match badges found on the boot lid. The 560 badge was used numerous times in the past by the 3 pointed star, with the iconic S-class W126 used from the end of the 1970s to the early 1900s. Both the R107 SL-Class and the W126 S-Class come to mind, with the final 560 badge vehicle released from the assembly line in 1991. In the case of the mid-cycle refresh of the W222, the moniker S560 is a pointer for the Mercedes' 4.0 liter V8 twin turbo, that's made more powerful than the recent 449 hp 4.7 liter bi-turbo at 476 hp, but also made 12 percent more fuel efficient.
Recently made available in three units (M 176, M177 and M 178), the said mill efficiently reinstated the M 278 4.7 liter V8 twin turbo in the S500 found in Europe and the S550 located in the US. In its lesser state, the M176 produces 422 PS (310 KW) and 610 NM (450 lb-ft) while the range topper is the M 177 in the AMG-ified E63 4Matic: 612 ps (450 KW) and 850 Nm (627 lb-ft) of total torque.
Meanwhile, the Mercedes-AMG S63 makeover is a possible aspirant for the Speedshift MCT 9 box, which is the only 9 speed multi clutch type automatic transmission to ever exist worldwide. Nevertheless, the 2018 S-Class will propose a range of new driver assistance systems with breakthrough autonomous capabilities all made possible by the new software and hardware. These will ultimately stretch from completely autonomous parking to offering autonomous steering on the highway for short spans.
The modern S-Class will be unveiled possibly next month at the 2017 New York Auto Show or at the Shanghai Motor Show.