Mercedes-Benz, the largest and fastest producing manufacturer of luxury cars in the world, is ready with the mid-cycle refresh of the flagship S-Class sedan. We call the German carmaker as the fastest producer, simply because they are too swift with launching facelifts of their already advanced and good looking vehicles and their latest offering is the class leading S-Class sedan.
And how do we know it? Our friends at Auto Express have got an insight that Mercedes is almost ready with the mid-life makeover of the S-Class that could make its international debut somewhere next month. The sedan from the three-pointed star is going to be the most technologically advanced model from Mercedes’ extensive lineup.
For a change, the fullsize sedan is expected to get all the safety and assistance systems that debuted in the 2017 E-Class. As of now, in-depth details of the sedan are not known, but we do know the S-Class facelift “will be able to support its driver considerably better than all the systems which have been available to date.”
This statement was made by the company’s Head of Automated Driving and Active Safety, Dr Michael Hafner, who further mentioned that there are legislative hurdles related to autonomous driving that must be solved. Audi's chairman Rupert Stadler made a similar statement when talking about the new A8 - “As soon as legislation is passed in our core markets allowing highly automated driving on the highway, and when that is legally safe, we will offer the new key technology in the A8.”
But is the facelifted Mercedes-Benz S-Class all about hi-tech gizmos and no looks? Apparently, yes! The S-Class facelift doesn't offer much of the changes outside, apart from refreshed bumpers and some changes to the headlights and taillights. The cabin of the refreshed S-Class is also expected to be largely unchanged with some subtle modifications to the already lavish cabin.
One of the most important changes we will get to see in the S-Class facelift is going to be underneath the hood. Mercedes has already revealed developing the new inline-six “M 256” gasoline engine boasting a 48 V electrical system, an electric auxiliary compressor, and an integrated starter-alternator (ISG). The engine is touted to offer performance of an eight-cylinder engine while being more frugal.
The engine will produce 408 horsepower and 500 Newton-meters of torque, with a CO2 emission reduction of 15 percent over the previous V6. This is not the only engine to be offered in the new S-Class as it will also be offered with an inline-six “OM 656” turbodiesel engine and will be the “most powerful passenger-car diesel engine in the history of Mercedes-Benz."
This new engine will have two-stage exhaust turbocharging and variable valve timing. The engine will produce more than 313 hp, a significant bump over the previous “OM 642” unit with 258 hp output, but will offer and increased fuel consumption of seven percent. And then there's an additional biturbo engine besides these two inline-six engines.
The new biturbo 4.0-litre V8 petrol motor dubbed “M 176” will churn more than 476 hp and 700 Nm @ 2000 rpm of peak torque. The output is 21 hp more than the predecessor's 455 hp, and will also consume 10 percent less fuel thanks to the cylinder deactivation technology (the engine’s four cylinders will automatically turn off to save precious fuel when not on full power).
With a debut slated for April, expect Mercedes to release teasers in the following weeks. India launch can be expected soon after the global debut.
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News Source - Auto Express