The 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class was showcased at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show back in April. The car has now been spotted at the Mumbai-Pune expressway with an extra apparatus on board, which happens to be an emission tester.
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class facelift is expected to be offered with a new six-cylinder petrol and diesel engine. The high-spec V8 twin-turbo could also make it to the Indian shores. The international market gets the six-cylinder engines as the base models, while the V8 is the mid-spec model. The range-topper model includes an AMG S 65 and a Maybach S 650, which would be getting the big V12, 6.0-litre motor thumping out 621 bhp power and 1000 Nm torque.
The facelifted Mercedes S-Class will get quite a good amount of revisions on the outside. Both the bumpers (front and rear) will be redesigned along with the new set of alloy wheels. The front portion will further flaunt new headlamps and LED DRLs while the rear tail lights will get new LED units on them.
Inside the new 2018 S-Class, the designing of the front dash will look slightly identical to the current generation with subtle differences coming from the new multi-function steering wheel. However, a bulk of the changes has been done at the centre console, which will come with two 12.3-inch display screens, one each for the instrumentation and infotainment.
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class will be given semi-autonomous functions with active steering assist and active distance control, which would adjust the speed of the car depending on the road ahead. However, it is to be seen whether this semi-autonomous feature will make its way to the India-spec model or not.
The spotted unit of the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class had an external apparatus at the rear-end to test the emission in real-world conditions, both in the city as well as on the highway. Though the launch of this facelifted S-Class has not been announced in India, we are expecting it to come by 2018.