The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has been the pinnacle of luxury and class for many, many years. An S-Class says a lot about the person who owns it.
It’s a big, posh, luxurious sedan that has the same presence every where it goes. It almost carries its own importance with it.
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is is almost it’s own class of vehicle at this point. There are luxury sedans, then there’s the S-Class.
Many manufactures have tried to imitate it, but you simply can’t duplicate it. That’s not to say other cars aren’t fantastic, though.
Anyway, every time Mercedes is faced with the task of redesigning the S-Class, it’s faced with the daunting task of constantly topping itself. Not an easy thing to do when you’re on top.
But, Mercedes-Benz manages to stay on the cutting edge of automotive technology and luxury. This new one seems to be just that.
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is all-new and aims to retain its crown. Plus, they’re looking to bring back the Maybach Pullman, which you can’t be mad about.
Anyway, the 2018 S Class looks to be the perfect halo car for Mercedes, as usual. Let’s look into what it offers.
The Specs – 2018 Mercedes S-Class:
|Vehicle Type:||Luxury Sedan|
|Powertrain:||3.0L V-6 TT – 6.0 L V-12 TT|
|Power:||362 HP (V6TT), 621 HP (V12TT)|
|MPG:||28 Highway / 19 City|
|Torque:||369 Lb-Ft. , 516 Lb-Ft.|
|Top Speed:||150 MPH (241.4 KPH) EST.|
|Wheelbase:||126.4 Inches (3.21 Meters)|
|0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH):||3.3 – 4.3 seconds|
|Base Price:||$89,900 (Est.)|
As I said, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class has the endless task of topping itself year after year.
In recent times that’s been mostly accomplished by improving the driving technology with each model which has worked very well in the cars favor.
So for 2018, what might we see in the new 2018 S Class?
Plenty; If you want a short answer.
There is a new base model called the S450 which features a 3.0 L V6 Twin-Turbo engine with 362 HP. The new mainstay is the S560 rather than the S550 which is a nameplate for the S-Class that hasn’t been in the lineup for a long time.
S560 gets a fresh 4.0 L V8 rather than the previous 4.7 L V8. The new power plant generates a healthy 463 HP over the previous 449 HP and 516 lb-ft. of torque.
The upper echelon of S classes like the S63 is also changed a bit as well. The 4.0 L V8 in the S63 is up to 603 HP from 577 in the previous model, even with a smaller displacement. Good engineering there.
The top of the range like the Maybach S650 and S65 AMG are unchanged. I imagine that’s because they’re insane enough already, mechanically speaking.
Last year, the new and redesigned E-Class actually out classed (Mercedes joke) the bigger S-Class on the technology and cutting-edge aspects. Obviously not an easy task but Mercedes is probably the best brand to out-do Mercedes.
But the new S-Class certainly takes its own crown back.
Options from the E-Class are shared with the S-Class now, like Drive Pilot which utilizes an immense 360 degree camera system to understand its surroundings for autonomous capabilities.
That means more advanced lane-keep assist technology and even enables the car to change lanes by itself. A needed step in this type of driving tech.
Inside, which we will go into more detail on later, you get Mercedes new dual-screen set up that is just very, very cool.
Plus, the new active suspension can lean the whole car 2.5 degrees into a turn while driving. Very impressive stuff.
That, for the most part, are the changes for the 2018 Mercedes S Class. As usual, the car is immensely impressive.
The Exterior – 2018 Mercedes S Class:
The new styling on the 2018 Mercedes S Class is the perfect example of Mercedes-Benz’s new styling cues.
The front fascia is more rounded than the previous car, and it retains the strong presence that really any Mercedes does.
Mercedes redesigned the headlamps as well, featuring more complex light fixtures and active/adjustable beams.
The face lift for 2018 adds larger air vents on the front bumper making the whole thing look more open, athletic and capable.
This new car definitely looks more serious than the previous car. A slight adjustment away from luxury and toward sportiness was made. Even though sport is not the S-Class’ forte in history, the adjustment in styling does retain what makes the S Class great.
From the side of the car, differences between the years are a bit scarce. But it’s one place on the car that doesn’t really need a change. It’s a very straight forward and big luxury sedan. And it gets even bigger if you want to shell out the money for a Maybach S650.
From the rear end, the new S-Class is much like the 2017 its updating. The only real change here is the rear diffuser. It’s more prominent, but not overly assertive.
The front of the AMG versions of the S-Class get Mercedes massive new front bumper that almost seems to be a bit too much. Kind of looks like its either yelling or very appalled.
Overall the car is a strong update to the last one, which is exactly what Mercedes was looking to do.
It’s meaner from the front, but it doesn’t change the cars purpose. Usually a very hard balance to maintain. But this is Mercedes. And it is also a $90,000 S-Class (before options).
The Interior – 2018 Mercedes S-Class:
The inside of recent Mercedes-Benz S-Classes have been a complete haven for the people who can afford them. An assortment of quilted leather and beautiful ambient lighting make up only a small part of the landscape inside an S-Class.
As years come and go, Mercedes has gone from a five spoke steering wheel, to a very cool two spoke one in the 2017 model to a more traditional three spoke, which is what we see in the 2018.
The standard wheel in the 2018 is a three-spoke design that is more rounded and curved than the two-spoke design (which I did like a lot).
As for the AMG models, the new wheel is a more assertive design and features a plethora of wheel-mounted controls.
Beyond the wheel, the whole interior is much like the 2017 model. And that’s it to say it’s gotten boring at all.
The amounts of technology packed into the inside of the S Class is just immense. From massaging seats to moving sound systems that “unscrew” from the A-Pillar to an absolutely massive screen that stretches across the dashboard.
As I said before, the goodies on the inside really is focused on the new adaptive cruise control systems. They allow you to change lanes and adjust the dampers as you go through turns. The other feature is that the system can now follow curves in the road.
The technology in the S-Class is mental. It comes standard with Airmatic suspension, 9-speed automatic and brake vectoring. Just very impressive.
On top of that, the amounts of customization for the inside of the car is just crazy as well. As you go up the lines in terms of trim, you can get more and more ridiculous amounts of luxury inside the car.
In some cases, you can spec it with reclining rear seats. A very nice touch when you’re being taxied around the city.
I could go into the climate settings, lighting settings, drive modes and all of that, but this write-up would be nine pages long.
The Performance – 2018 Mercedes S Class:
So as I stated before, the car in its base form can do 0-60 in 5.4 seconds which is absolutely plenty fast for such a massive luxury sedan. Plenty fast.
But of course this being a Mercedes,that just simply isn’t enough.
The top end AMG S65 can do a 0-60 sprint in an insane 3.8 seconds. Why you’d ever need that in an S-Class, I’m not sure.
These immense times come favor of an all new 3.0 L V6 twin-turbocharged engine that produces a healthy 362 horsepower for the base car and a new 4.0 L twin-turbo V8 that can make 507 HP. Insane.
And that’s not even the AMG cars. The S63 is packed with over 600 HP and the S65 is at 621.
It’s really surprising how this massive of a car is capable of pulling the same 0-60 time as a Ferrari F430 of a little over 10 years ago. It’s insane how technology and engineering has come so far as to where what was only offered on the most insane performance machine sin the pat, is now in a luxury car. Stunning.
Anyway, the transmission is an all new 9-speed automatic is made for quicker up-shifts and smoother cruising experiences.
The S-Class isn’t a performance vehicle by any means, but the numbers sure state otherwise. It makes me wonder if the car will act like the E-Class of last generation.
I’ve driven the previous generation (2016) Mercedes E-Class. It was certainly quick, but the car didn’t feel like it liked going fast.
It was an interesting phenomena. I’m not quite sure what made the car behave this way; whether it be the suspension, chassis, etc. but the car didn’t want to go quick even in full Sport+ settings.
That’s how I fell the S-Class will behave. But I guess I won’t know until I drive one.
Sum It Up:
So Mercedes seems to have out done themselves again. I’m apprehensive about the performance capabilities for a car that is so luxurious.
But the S-Class is still the king. The prowess it has as it goes down the street is unlike anything really in the whole automotive industry. The Mercedes S Class is the quintessential luxury sedan. most commonly in black.
The 2018 Mercedes S Class is currently on store shelves and starts at $89,900.