Facelifts are often not a big deal, as manufacturers tend to only give a slight change in the fascia and they probably throw in one or two new features. However, the facelifted S-Class is getting quite a lot of new things to play with, including: new engines. We're intrigued.
The S-Class range will be the first to use Mercedes' new straight-six engines, which is a first for the German brand since their last straight-sixes in the 1990s. The S300d and S450d will both come with diesel straight-six, there's also a 3.0L straight-six petrol engine coming, which comes with a 48-volt sub-system and a lag-killing “electric booster compressor”.
The reason why we're excited about this facelift is because straight-six engines are less complicated as well as more well-balanced and smoother compared to it's V6 cousin. Which means, the new Mercedes lineup that uses this engine should be even more comfortable.
As for you speed freaks, the AMG S63 comes with the new 4.0L V8 and has ditched the rather uninspiring 5.5L V8. The top S-model comes with 612 horsepower and 663 lb-ft of torque, propelling the car from 0-100km/h in 3.5 seconds. That is frankly silly speeds for such a big saloon, which makes you wonder why would you need the AMG S65 with it's V12 engine and 621 horsepower. Kind of unnecessary, no?
If you've already got thrilling supercars and now prefer extravagant luxury rather than extravagant speeds, the S560 Maybach is also available, powered by a 463 horsepower 4.0L V8.
In terms of styling, most of the changes can be seen in the front. New bumpers as well as a new design for the headlights, makes the new S-Class look even more prestigious. But the big deal for us is the new steering wheel. Although it looks a bit too muscular for the elegant S-Class - it looks like it would be more at home with the AMG GT or AMG E63 - it's still better than their old and weird steering wheel.
Other new fancy tech comes with the new S as well, such as ‘Active Proximity Control’, ‘Active Steer Assist’, ‘Active Lane Change Assist’, and 'Energising Comfort Control'. We don't much care though, we're pretty sure it's going to be great anyway.
The new S will be on sale later this year, with pricing yet to be revealed.