The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is a premium luxury sedan available from Mercedes-Benz in India. It is powered by one petrol engine and one diesel engine options. The boot space volume on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is 510 litres for the petrol and 530 litres for the diesel and the fuel tank capacity is 70 litres. It has a turning radius of 12.3 metres. The sedan is available in four exterior colour options, Polar White, Obsidian Black, Iridium Silver and Palladium Silver. The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is available with two different 19 inch alloy wheel designs and is available with a Burmester 3D surround sound infotainment package as standard.
EXTERIOR AND LOOK ;
The new Mercedes Benz Maybach S600 Guard looks exactly the same like the existing S Class variants, but with some minor differences. Only a keen eye will be able to notice the exact difference. As we can see, its external appearance is gracefully designed with splendid build quality down to the closest detail. It is pretty long, wide and reasonably low in height that expresses the royalty from all frames. Further adding to its appeal is the expressive lines that stretches from the front to the rear end through the door panels.While its coupe and sedan versions look completely different from each other. The coupe trims are designed with two doors, and have sleek, bold and stylish body structure as compared to other trims.
However, its AMG version looks sportier than the regular variants, thanks to its exclusive package featuring bumpers, alloy wheels, a distinctly designed radiator grille and extensive black accents as well.To start with the front, it has a beautifully sculptured signature grille with thick chrome surround. It is accompanied by the company’s emblem positioned on top of the hood.On either sides of the grille, there are large headlight clusters featuring adaptive bi-xenon headlamps along with LED daytime running lights.
By the sides, its fenders are mated with stylish set of alloy wheels that adds grace to the facet. The outside mirrors have a neat, clean design and comes integrated with LED turn blinkers.Coming to the rear section, it has a large tailgate with U shape that is decorated with chrome accents. Surrounding this is the distinctly crafted taillight cluster that is integrated with innovative LED light pattern.The overall look is simply magnificent that can grab attention of any automobile enthusiast.
INTERIOR AND COMFORT ;
The cabins of most flagship luxury cars feel like bigger, fancier versions of “lesser” models, sharing a general design aesthetic and many control components. Not so the 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Even though the new E-Class has borrowed a few design cues and controls, the S-Class remains a special car that exists above the rest. There is an elegance and sense of opulence that make it feel more like a competitor for a Bentley than a BMW.
Beyond aesthetics, few cars can approach the new S-Class’ comfort and infotainment features. The standard seats are lovely, but we recommend the Premium package’s multicontour seats with their additional adjustments, ventilation and six massage settings. That’s right, six. One even simulates a hot stone massage by utilizing the seat’s heating elements. And just in case your rear passengers are the jealous sort, the same opulent front-seat features (including their adjustments) are available in the sedan’s enormous backseat. Plus, you can add an entertainment system, airplane-style pop-out tables and even a fridge.
Those aren’t available on the coupe and convertible, but even their backseats are generously sized for a two-door car. Plus, the coupe’s lack of side roof pillars provides a wide-open, windows-down driving experience that few other cars can match. You’ll also find the convertible’s top-up or top-down driving experience impressively serene, especially with the standard Aircap wind deflector raised.All of the S-Class’ many infotainment functions are controlled by the latest iteration of Mercedes’ COMAND system, which is reasonably user-friendly given the immense number of functions it’s tasked with. Just make sure to spend a lot of time trying things out and asking questions of your Mercedes salesperson or dealership concierge.
The trunk, as you might expect from a 17-foot-long sedan, is sufficiently large at 16.3 cubic feet. Note, however, that the available 24-speaker Burmester high-end sound system “significantly” reduces trunk space, according to Mercedes. The S550e plug-in hybrid also has a smaller trunk (12.2 cubic feet) because of its battery pack. The coupe’s trunk is on the small side for a coupe, especially such a large one, at 10.4 cubic feet. The Cabriolet is a bit better at 12.4 cubes, but it’s reduced to 8.8 when the roof is lowered.
ENGINE AND GEARBOX ;
The drivetrain department boasts more changes than any other area. Specifically, Mercedes-Benz just introduced two brand-new engines. The U.S. lineup will now include the S450, which uses a biturbo, 3.0-liter V-6 that cranks out 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Given that the outgoing lineup begins with the S550, the S450 will become the new entry-level model in North America. A 4Matic version with all-wheel drive will also be offered.Speaking of the S550, it was replaced with the S560. Along with the name change comes with a new drivetrain, as Mercedes dropped the 4.7-liter V-8 in favor of the smaller, twin-turbo, 4.0-liter unit. Rated at 463 horses and 516 pound-feet, it’s 14 horsepower more potent than the outgoing powerplant, but at the same time, it consumes about 10 percent less fuel than its predecessor.
To lower the fuel consumption, four cylinders of the new V-8 are deactivated simultaneously under partial load with the help of the CAMTRONIC valve-lift adjustment system. This reduces gas-cycle losses and enhances the overall efficiency of the four firing cylinders by shifting the operating point towards higher loads.In Europe, the existing V-6 diesel was replaced by the company’s new 3.0-liter inline-six. This new mill cranks out 282 horsepower and 443 pound-feet in the S350d (a 27-horsepower increase and 14-pound-foot decrease) and 335 horses and 516 pound-feet in the S400d. The latter is the most powerful diesel Mercedes-Benz ever.
DRIVING DYNAMICS ;
Silky smooth would be the best way to describe the new S-Class’ performance and handling on road. Occupants are brilliantly insulated from the external influence such as wind or tyre noise, rough asphalt, etc. The S-Class just simply glides over virtually any road surface without letting the occupants know what’s underneath. It continues to provide a ride you’d expect from a top-notch premium luxury sedan. The compliant suspension ably cancels out road imperfections while also keeping body roll in check. The V8 powertrain in the S500 (our test car) doesn’t really give the driver anything to complain about except for the fact that top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/hr. The S500 uses a 4.7-litre V8 petrol engine with 449 BHP of power, doing 0-100 km/hr in 4.8 seconds. However the variant most relevant to India is the S350, which uses a 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine. The BlueTEC mill offers 255 BHP of power, enabling a 0-100 km/hr sprint in 6.8 seconds. Performance is effortless and you simply exercise your right foot to gather quick momentum. All engines are Euro 6 compliant and are mated to a 7-speed automatic gearbox. Not that it matters much but fuel consumption has reduced and the new S-Class is more efficient than its predecessor. ECO start/stop function is standard across the range.
Just like before, ride quality is superb and the car’s air suspension combines smoothness with complete control and utter stability as you waft along faster than you think. The electro-mechanical steering is reasonably fluid, linear, predictable and surprisingly quick for such a long wheelbase car. It takes a few kilometres of driving to get used to it as the car may turn more than you anticipated given the amount of movement on the steering wheel. The overall impression is that you get that stately luxury car feel without feeling overly isolated from the driving experience.Of the new technologies offered, on the move, the car’s ability to detect bumps on the road ahead and adjusting the chassis in a blink of an eye was most impressive. The Mercedes S-Class detects such unevenness by means of the stereo camera which sets up the suspension in advance to deal with the situation, in practical purposes, you can drive over a speed hump at 40 km/hr without even noticing it.
BRAKING AND SAFETY ;
The braking capacity of this car is unique and thumping. It is loaded with exceptional safety features that avoid accidents. An inbuilt technology responds before the danger comes and protects the driver or passengers from any mishap. The safety aspects are truly brilliant as the Mercedes-Benz looks ahead to future for higher safety measures. It is packed with optional and standard safety functions that alarm the driver and eliminates the chances of collisions.
When this updated S-class comes to India in the first half of 2018, it will likely launch with the new straight six diesel and the re-tuned V6 petrol, with the V8 version joining later on, along with AMG and Maybach versions too. The new engines are welcome step forward in refinement and performance, although the latter was not really required in a new S-class. Expect prices to increase a bit, which should put it in the Rs 1.2-1.4 crore (ex-showroom) range for the ‘standard’ models. In diesel guise at least, the current S-class is already our pick of the segment, and its position is likely to only grow stronger when the updated version arrives. However, launching around the same time will be Audi’s brand-new A8 limousine, which also promises to set new benchmarks in technology, equipment, comfort and interior quality, and along with the still-fresh BMW 7-series, is a tussle worth looking forward to. Of course, the rather interesting automated driving features that we got to sample in Zurich won’t make it to India, but even without them, the S-class remains possibly the most complete sedan for the chauffeur-driven.