Mercedes-Benz has announced pricing and specification of its 2018 S-Class model range, available in dealerships later this year. The range has reduced by a third and now consists of nine variants.
The new model lineup consists of the S 350d, 400d L, 450 L, 560, 560 L, 560 e L, Mercedes-AMG S 63 L and top spec Mercedes-Maybach S 650. Mercedes has yet to reveal pricing and specification for the 560 e L plug-in hybrid which arrives in the second quarter of next year.
The latest model range sees the introduction of a new 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine for S 350d and 400d L models, while the S 560 and AMG S 63 get a 4.0-litre V8 twin-turbocharged petrol engine.
The 2018 S-Class has received a light facelift and all models come standard with automatic adjusting LED headlamps, digital dashboard, climate control, air suspension with variable dampening, as well as an infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The S 350d also has keyless start, panoramic sunroof, digital TV, power closing doors and boot, Burmester sound system, heated and cooled front seats, heads-up display, 360-degree camera and 19-inch alloys. The 350d produces 210kW and 600Nm from its 3.0-litre diesel engine and returns a claimed combined fuel consumption of 5.4L/100km. It starts the S-Class range from $195,900.
The S 400d L and 450 L adds electric outer rear seats, electric blinds and 20-inch alloy wheels. The 400d produces a more powerful 250kW and 700Nm while the 450 L utilises a 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo petrol to produce 270kW and 520Nm. The 400d L and 450 L models are priced from $222,500 and $227,500 respectively.
The S 560 and 560 L adds tailored interior comfort control, interior fragrance system, brown burr walnut trim, Nappa leather upholstery, rear-seat entertainment and laminated glass. The new 4.0-litre V8 petrol provides 345kW and 700Nm of power. S-Class 560 and 560 L models are priced from $270,000 and $295,000.
The Mercedes-AMG S 63 L adds performance features such as a sports exhaust, sports driving system, 390mm front and 360mm rear composite brakes with red brake calipers, variable sports steering and sports suspension. The AMG sees the most powerful tune of the 4.0-litre V8 and produces a hefty 450kW and 900Nm, good for 0-100km/h in a quick 4.3 seconds. The AMG variant costs from $375,000.
In addition to the above, the Mercedes-Maybach S 650 features only two rear-seats with reclining function, full centre arm rest, 3D sound system, microfibre roof, special Maybach lettering inside and 20-inch alloys. Accounting for its weight, the Maybach gets a larger 6.0-litre V12 twin-turbocharged petrol engine that produces 463kW of power and 1000Nm of torque. The plush Maybach model tops the range and is priced from $425,000.
Speaking with TMR, Mercedes-Benz senior manager of product communications David McCarthy said that the previous model range provided too many model options and was too confusing for buyers. Mercedes-Benz expects the whittled 2018 range will be easier to understand and help to exceed previous S-Class sales.
“The previous range was too confusing and people didn’t want that many options,” said McCarthy. “We’ve worked hard to sharpen the range, including price, and we expect the new S-Class vehicles to be received very well. We’ve already sold out of current stock and it would have been good to have them sooner, but we’re launching the range launching soon,” he added.
S-Class models are expected to go on-sale after launch in December.
S 350d - $195,900
S 400d - $222,500
S 450 L - $227,500
S 560 -$270,000
S 560 L - $295,000
S 63 L - $375,000
S 650 - $425,000
Manufacturer's list price excluding on-road costs.