Mid-cycle facelifts have become extremely common and luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz was no exception. The luxury flagship line, Sonderklasse, now called S-class, has received a redesign and was spotted without camouflage. This, only a few weeks prior to what is rumoured to be a double world premiere during the Auto Shows in New York and Shanghai, in April.
The images provide you with a clear view of the subtle redesign of the 2018 S-Class sedan, with slight modifications to the rear and front ends, along with an updated interior.
Starting with the exterior, the few major changes made to the 2018 variant include redesigned bumpers, new exhaust finishers and trims added to the rear, slight adjustments made to the tail light schemes, as well as completely reworked ‘Multibeam’ headlamps, made with tri-layered LED strips. The new headlamps would let drivers use high beams at all times, without the danger of dazzling others on the road, causing distractions.
Speaking about the interior, the new S-Class sedan comes with the same old three-spoke steering wheel that’s on the Coupe, instead of the current two-spoke version. The pictures make it apparent that the digital instrument and infotainment panel is slightly larger than the original version, with the company removing the frame that used to separate the two. It also looks like there have been some minor additions to the lower centre console too. It is rumoured that the company would provide gesture controls and an updated touchpad for the infotainment system.
The new S-Class is supposed to run on the new M 256 straight six gasoline engine, that has an electric compressor and an Integrated Starter-Alternator, that Mercedes promises will offer the performance of a V8 with the fuel efficiency of a six-cylinder.
The 2018 S-class is expected to come equipped with some new driver assistance systems, which allow highly advanced autonomous capabilities such as parking the S-Class, or even offering autonomous steering for brief periods while on the highway.
The S-Class will go on sale internationally in the third quarter of this year.