Revamped Mercedes S-Class to hit showrooms in July

The S-Class had retained that title for three years previously, but having been on sale since 2014, Mercedes' flagship saloon was beginning to look exhausted compared with more tech-heavy rivals.

Much of Mercedes' recent growth has come on the back of the compact cars, which have fattened Benz's global sales curve by more than two million cars since 2012. A number of recent Benzes share this new engine; in the S-class it makes 463 horsepower (14 more than the old 4.7) and 516 lb-ft of torque (same as before). Meanwhile, there are also changes to how the car's self-driving status is communicated to the person behind the wheel.

That's where the 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class comes in.

Visual changes to the big Merc are fairly minimal - a new grille and a few tweaks here and there - but there are several new engines to choose from, and the car's ability to drive itself has been improved from the existing model, which first appeared in 2014. It ups the ante with a new adaptive-cruise-control feature that uses map data and slows the auto for impending curves, turns, or roundabouts. DISTRONIC Active Proximity Control and Active Steer Assist now provide even more comfortable support for the driver to keep a safe distance and steer.

Super Cruise relies on custom LIDAR-based mapping of all of the controlled entry/exit highways in North America, with that super-precise navigation data allowing the CT6 to understand and adapt to upcoming turns and other road features.

You can find out more details about the new Mercedes Concept A Sedan over at Mercedes Benz at the link below. 7 different designs of alloys are on offer, can be chosen from 17 inches to 20 inches.

Power outputs are yet to be revealed, though expect a number north of 260kW, with Mercedes saying "the new engine delivers the performance of an eight-cylinder with significantly lower consumption". Offered as an option, it links various comfort systems in the vehicle together, such as climate control, ambience lighting, massage and fragrancing functions, to allow occupants to set all aspects to their personal preference. If that includes the upgraded 1,520 watt Burmester audio system - which gains an overhead speaker and two extra side speakers - then we won't complain. The S560 and S560 4Matic use a new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, with 463 hp and 516 lb-ft.

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