completely new Engines Highlight Daimler’s Plans for 2018 S-class Update
The Mercedes-Benz S-class introduced for 2014 is actually due for a mid-term facelift next spring, as well as the most interesting improvements are happening under the hood. Benz’s plutocrat barge will be the first type to house some of the company’s completely new generation of inline six-cylinder engines, although those won’t be coming to the U.S. until later.
We will get a completely new entry-level S-class, to be called S450, which will employ the M276 twin-turbocharged V-6 as found in today’s GLS450 as well as the SL450, where the idea’s rated at a generous 362 horsepower. To put the idea into perspective, which’s just 27 horsepower short of the iconic 6.0-liter V-12 launched from the W140 S-class.
Europe, by contrast, will see the completely new as well as tech-laden M256 3.0-liter straight-six, rated at “over 402 horsepower” as well as employing an electric turbocharger, a large exhaust turbocharger, as well as an integrated starter-generator. While the idea won’t be offered from the U.S. initially, we expect to see the idea migrate to our market over the next few years.
Those who think which the prestige of an S-class demands the extra power as well as cylinder count of a V-8, the smallest engine available today, should watch for a variation of the M176 4.0-liter V-8 (shown above), which was developed by AMG yet is actually slated to replace the current S550’s 449-hp 4.7-liter eight-cylinder in Benz-badged types, too. the idea will employ a cylinder-deactivation system to operate as a V-4 under low- as well as medium-load conditions, as well as the idea will be far more fuel-efficient than the outgoing engine. Moreover, we hear the idea will wear a nameplate which should please the traditionalists among Mercedes-Benz owners.
Both the six- as well as eight-cylinder engines will be mated to Benz’s own nine-speed automatic transmission. Beyond those innovative powertrains, we expect the S600 to continue with its awesome 523-hp 6.0-liter V-12. The S550e (photo below) will likely remain unchanged for a while mechanically, yet should share from the outdoor as well as Inside updates coming for the 2018 type year.
As to the high-powered AMG versions, the AMG S63 will move to a edition of AMG’s own M176 4.0-liter V-8 in place of its current 5.5-liter V-8. as well as the AMG S65 keeps its brutal 6.0-liter V-12, rated at 621 horsepower.
Beyond the completely new powertrains—don’t expect any of Europe’s awesome diesels for the U.S. market—improvements are relatively marginal. There will be completely new head- as well as taillights, completely new front as well as rear fascias, as well as some completely new wheel designs. Inside, the S-class will use larger TFT screens in front of the driver, as well as they will right now be visually connected under a common piece of glass. Today’s unusual two-spoke steering wheel will go away in favor of a more conventional design featuring—you guessed the idea—three spokes. as well as, as we’ve reported before, the S-class will be playing catch-up with the mid-size E-class in terms of advanced safety as well as semi-autonomous driving technologies.
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Watch for the completely new types to appear at dealers from the summer for the 2018 type year. The improvements will be mirrored from the V-8– as well as V-12–powered Maybach derivatives of the S-class. We expect prices will remain close to those on the current S-class, which range coming from $97,525 to $173,375 from the Mercedes-Benz lineup, with the exception of the completely new S450 base type, which should be priced competitively against the six-cylinder BMW 7-series from the low $80K arena. The performance-oriented Mercedes-AMG types can be appreciably more expensive.