The 2018 Mercedes-Benz keeps on pushing for comfort. safety, and autonomous driving aids, while enhancing its easy power and noble street conduct.
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the flagship full-size brand and car against which other luxury vehicles are measured. This generation made its debut for the 2014 model year and for 2018 gets an update that includes 6,500 new parts, not including three new engines. It is returned as a sedan for the moment, with V-6, V-8 and V-12 power. The coupé and cabriolet (convertible) body styles will have to wait momentarily, as will the plug-in hybrid.
The external changes for 2018 are smaller. They include new front and rear bumpers, a new grille with Maybach or AMG letters for appropriate models, and new intelligent LED wide beam headlamps. AMG models also have a jet-wing front lower fascia with large air intakes and a rear diffuser insert and patio exhaust plugs.
Under the hood, the S-Class gets a new V-6, two new V-8s and a V-12. The base engine is a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 on the S450 models. The new S560 models feature a 4-liter V3 of 463 horsepower dual turbo. A rowdier version of that engine is in the AMG S63 model, where it does 603 horsepower. The 6.0-liter twin-turbo V-12 return on the S65 turns 621 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque.
The V-6 and V-8 use a 9-speed automatic transmission, and the version on the S63 has a starter clutch instead of a torque converter. A 7-speed automatic is paired with the V-12. The S63 also receives the new 4Matic + total traction system that can vary power from forward to back continuously and completely.
A four-corner air suspension with adaptive shock absorbers is the standard suspension for the S-Class, but buyers can choose the Magic Ride Control system that changes to steel springs and active hydraulics. For 2018, add a curve-tilt function that tilts the car 2.65 degrees inward at the corners to fight against gravity. This improves the comfort of the passengers and makes this big car feel more sporty.
Inside, the S-Class has two 12.3-inch displays, now with greater definition, one for the instrument cluster and the other for infotainment, to form a large screen. A new Energizing Comfort system utilizes climate control, seat heaters / coolers, seating massagers, music, ambient lighting and fragrance diffusion system to create five 10-minute programs to help the driver relax.
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2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Styling
The S-Class exudes elegance and a touch of athleticism on the outside, while the interior is replete with modern luxury combining warm furnishings and high-tech controls.
As the flagship of the line, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class not only has to carry all the elegance and class that makes it a benchmark for luxury, but it also has to set the tone for the general design language and details style that drip down the lineup.
The S-lineup line includes sedans, coupes, convertibles and limousines, but by the beginning of 2018 the sedan is the only body style.
The sedan is the basis of the lineup, however, and the 2018 model gets some adjustments that keep the same basic design that was launched for the 2014 model year. The front and rear bumpers are updated, as are headlights and taillights. The headlights are intelligent wide beam LEDs with three prominent eyebrows that define the inner edges. All models now get the grille that was used on the V-12 models. It has three twin blinds and a glossy black finish; the AMG or Maybach logo is added for those models. The S63 has a lower wing-jet-style fascia with large air intakes upwards, and on the back featuring a diffuser insert between the patio exhaust outlets.
The overall appearance blends the formal look of the previous S-class models with elegance, athleticism and modernism that affirms the technology within.
This generation of S-Class is striking, highlighted by the swoopy and curvilinear ceiling line that narrows into a smooth and smooth tail. The sporting effect is even more golfer than the tour that beach volleyball. However, when used on smaller cars like the C-Class, athletics is more evident.
The cabin offers a clean, flowing horizontal layout, which is dominated by a pair of 12.3-inch screens attached under one piece of glass. The dashboard lines flow towards the doors and continue around the driver and the front passenger. The appearance is a blend of technology and formal elegance, with a cluster of digital display and a large screen of information and entertainment offset by wood or carbon fiber, aluminum, sewn leather and synthetic suede.
2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe Review
2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Performance
While the 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is big and heavy, Mercedes equips it with some features to counter some of the hardship that afflicts big cars. However, it is too large to offer the feel and agility of the brand’s smaller vehicles. Power, however, is not a problem, and the S-Class is very fast in a straight line. And, of course, the ride is sublime.
The 2018 S-Class lineup receives three new engines, two of which we have sampled. The S450 base is powered by a 3.0-liter twin turbo V-6, the S560 models have a twin turbo 4.0-liter V-8 that makes 469 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, and the S63 offers a larger production version of the 4.0-liter that makes 603 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. The S65 has a 6.0-liter V-12 turbocharged twin producing 621 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque.
We have driven the two 4.0-liter engines, which are backed by 9-speed automatic transmissions; the S63 version replaces a torque converter with a wet-start clutch that Mercedes says saves weight and improves response to throttle inputs.
Both cars move with quiet dignity. On the S560, the 9-speed change smoothly, even in Sport mode, running the car effortlessly from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds. The engine is muted but it lets out a low rumor during the hard acceleration.
The S63 and S65 AMG models are the true interpreters of the lineup.
The S63’s smaller 4.0-liter V-8 outperforms the 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8 in the outgoing model, making 26 horsepower more and cutting the time from 0-60 mph from 3.9 to 3.5 seconds. It’s still soft, but it can hold you back in your seat, and the changes can be felt in Sport + mode. The 621-hp S65 AMG is not so fast. That’s because you can not lower power too with just back. The way the power is built feels like a jet during takeoff.
The base suspension includes adaptive shock absorbers and pneumatic springs at all four corners. The cushions do a great job of filtering the imperfections of the road and the springs do their best to keep this large and heavy stable car. However, it is prone to a little lean body. That can be mitigated with the Magic Body Control system, which switches to active steel and hydraulic springs and adds a curve tilt feature this year. This function tilts the car 2.65 degrees inwards in a corner to counteract the forces of G acting on the car in a turn. It keeps the car flatter, creating a more sporty feeling and making the occupants more comfortable. Even with this feature, the S-Class is too big to respond to rapid changes of direction like the company’s smaller sport sedans.
2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe Review
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2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Comfort and Quality
The S-Class cab is the benchmark for the industry, and for customers offers a large space, fine details, excellent fit and finish, and first comfort front or back.
Mercedes is not content with building the best interior in the world. Now he wants to make sure that buyers can relax behind the wheel. As if the exemplary materials, quality, fit and finish, and space were not enough, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class now has an Energizing Comfort system that joins several interior systems to help relieve stress.
Energizing Comfort uses climate control, seat heaters / coolers, seating massagers, music, ambient lighting and the fragrance diffusion system to create five different programs ranging from fresh and pleasant to warm and soothing. It also includes three workout programs that use seat massagers to work on tired muscle groups.
The programs have names like Joy and Wellness and run for 10 minutes. It is a novelty to play with them to see what they will do, but homeowners will probably settle for finding the program that best helps them unwind after a stressful day. That is good.
It is not that entering the S-Class is not enough. Buyers can choose from a range of lacquered and open pored wood finishes, carbon fiber and a variety of flexible leathers. The leather extends to the areas of the board, and soft touch materials, high quality wood or metal surfaces are found anywhere the hand can wander.
The gorgeous front seats have wide, long cushions and plenty of adjustability. We find them cosseting, mounting the fine line between the plush and the support. The back seat is spacious and comfortable as well, and can become the best place to be with the right options.
These options include two-way seating, massage seats, rear entertainment, rear seat cooler and a couple of executive rear seat packages that add features such as reclining rear seats (up to 43 degrees) with fold-down footrests, a center console with laptop trays and heated armrests. With these packages, the front passenger seat moves forward and its headrest can be removed with the seat back resting, forming a chaise-style nap siesta space.
A large car, the S-Class also has a large trunk, as well as a folding-split rear seat with passage through the trunk.
2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Features
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class alignment is currently reduced. It consists of sedans only instead of a variety of sedans, coupes, cabriolets, and a plug-in hybrid. At launch, the S-Class is offered as S450 S450 and S450 4Matic, V-8-S560 4Matic and ultra-luxury Mercedes-Maybach S560 4Matic and high performance Mercedes-AMG S63 4Matic + models. Joining the lineup for the end of the calendar year will be the S560 rear-drive, and two V-12 models, the AMG S65 and the Maybach S650.
While the price is high-right around six figures to begin with, both models come loaded to the grip with features, and Mercedes makes available a variety of options.
Standard equipment in the base model includes electric front seats, leather upholstery, a 10-speaker Harman audio system, HD radio, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, USB connectivity, SD card slot, Energizing system Comfort, ambient lighting with 64 colors, intelligent LED headlights with wide beams and 18-inch alloy wheels. Also standard is the COMAND information and entertainment system with a pair of 12.3-inch desktop displays, navigation and the mbrace2 mobile connectivity system that allows homeowners to connect to Pandora, Facebook, Text-to-Text and Text-to-Text and Other features. It includes five years of service and a mobile application, web services, diagnostic data and a connection to the road.
The AMG models get a sports version of the air suspension, a lighter lithium-ion battery, 20-inch forged alloy wheels, a performance exhaust system, speed-sensitive steering, larger brakes with six front forks pistons, seats, an AMG steering wheel and electronic stability control of three stages with on, off and sports adjustments.
The Maybachs add 20-inch wheels, rear seats with reclining 43-degree seats and power headrests for both exterior positions, extended rear ambient lighting, extended leather upholstery, wood and leather steering wheel and Magic Body Control system.
Options include Magic Body Control which adds a curve tilt function this year, a Burmester 3-D 24-speaker surround system, a Burmester mid-level surround sound system with standard surround sound, a panoramic sunroof Magic Sky Control that can be adjusted for front and rear opacity, front display, front and rear seats with massage, front and rear seats with heating and cooling, rear entertainment, rear seat cooler and two executive rear seat packages including airline-like tables, footrest lateral.