Big car, big overhaul, big market launch

Shanghai is happening and that means the 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class facelift finally has its cover lifted off. Changes for the new flagship from Mercedes are extensive, both technically and aesthetically, which should be enough to ward off the competition for another 4 years or so.

Not that the competition is close though, the S-Class has downright cornered the market. A market of which 30% of the demand comes from China, hence the location for the launch. But where the S-Class was always the most tech-laden car in the lineup, and selling because of that, the E-Class had more to show off with. Until now, as the 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class facelift comes with the same driving aids. Driving aids which make the car semi-autonomous when you want it to. And yes, that also means the twin 12,3” inch screens for a dashboard.

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In terms of engines the 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class facelift offers the biggest changes. New 6-cylinder, inline engines are replacing the V6 versions the brand used. Both diesel and petrol V6 options will be available, but it’s not totally clear which badge or horsepower the Western markets will get.

Biggest game changer in terms of hardware is the S63 4Matic+, which uses a similar AWD-setup to that of the latest generation Mercedes-AMG E63 S. Power is similar, 612hp and 850 Nm, but acceleration is a bit slower at 3.5 seconds to a hundred, which is mostly due to the S-Class’s bigger collection of kilograms. Sadly, there’s no word about driftmode.