As you may have already known by now, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the German luxury brand’s flagship model and it’s often used to ferry heads of states and conglomerates around. Formerly known as the Sonderklasse (“Special Class” in English, abbreviated as “S-Klasse”) the S-Class leads the way many of the company’s latest innovations including drivetrains, tech, interior features, and safety systems.
The latest mid-life refreshed W222 generation S-Class family had made their official debut in Malaysia featuring visual and technical updates, likewise with the C217 S-Class Coupe and the A217 S-Class Cabriolet. In addition, both the Coupe and Cabriolet are the first to feature new OLED rear tail light clusters.
Mercedes-Benz Malaysia decided to go whole-hog by introducing four refreshed S-Class models; the S-Class Limousine, AMG S-Class Coupe, S-Class Convertible and Mercedes-Maybach S-Class.
“The S-Class family is the definitive statement of luxury in it purest form. From the Modern Luxury of the S-Class Limousine to the pair that is S-Class Cabriolet and the Mercedes-AMG S-Class Coupe offering Bespoke Luxury and Performance Luxury for the discerning connoisseur or driver, and of course the embodiment of Ultimate Luxury that is the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class; the S-Class family has something to fulfil every desire. With this launch of this exclusive collection, the Pinnacle of Luxury, we proudly underline our position as a leading luxury lifestyle brand in the automotive segment,” says Mark Raine, Vice President Sales & Marketing Passenger Cars, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia.”
So where’s the hybrid variant? That may come at a later date. The soon to be unveiled NAP 2018, which emphasises on aligning the local automotive industry with connected mobility would decide whether or not the PHEV flagship limousine to have such features, along with other changes and updates in the policy that could influence the hybrid’s recommended selling price. There are no indications as of when the plug-in S-Class will be available as of yet, but we do know that there will be new models coming soon.
Mercedes-Benz S 450 L
The S 450 L boasts a new radiator grille, now featuring three twin louvers in chrome, as well as vertical bars in gloss-black finish. Flanking the new grille design are the new Multibeam LED headlamps featuring three LED signature light strips, a design element new to the S-Class Limousine. The nipped and tucked S-Class limousine also gets a new bumper with larger air intakes for a sportier look.
The crystal-look rear LED tail lamps appears as jewels illuminated by the brake lamps is another key characteristic of current Mercedes-Benz styling. The tail lamps also give a light show that plays when the vehicle is unlocked and locked. All models are fitted with a redesigned lower bumper with integrated tailpipe trim, framed by a chrome element, which spans the entire width of the car.
Like in the pre-facelift model, the new S-Class retains the large diagonal 12.3-inch screens shared under one glass cover to blend them into a wide-screen cockpit. The software is updated with new fully digital user interface designs. The rich chap or lady will be able to choose three different display styles: “Classic”, “Sporty”, and “Progressive” and are configurable while being able to configure the information and views at will.
What’s also new in the refreshed S-Class models is the steering wheel; gone is the two-spoke steering wheel and in with the new three-spoke steering wheel. With a matte chrome face, the new control switchgear comes with a touch-sensitive controls which responds to swiping motions like the screen of a smartphone. They enable the driver to control the entire infotainment and the virtual instrument cluster without taking their hands off the steering wheel. Also the Distronic and cruise control can be operated on the steering wheel.
Besides that, the infotainment system can be operated via the touchpad with controller in the centre console and via the Linguatronic voice control. Voice commands can be used to control the climate control, seat heating and ventilation, interior lighting, seat massage, fragrancing and ionisation and head-up display with up to 450 individual voice commands are now possible.
Propulsion comes from a new and compact 3.0-litre V6 engine that makes 367hp at 5,500rpm to 6,000rpm and a peak torque of 500Nm from 1,800rpm to 4,000rpm and paired with a 9G-Tronic automatic transmission. The S 450 L is able to sprint from 0-100 km/h in 5.4 seconds and reaches a top speed of 250km/h. Its NEDC combined fuel consumption figure stands at 8.4 L/100km.
The S 450 L is priced at RM699,888, and RM705,888 with the designo paint option. Prices are with 0% GST and subject to change upon the implementation of SST.
Much like older W126 and W140, the S-Class coupe combines the luxury aspect of the limousine and the sporty nature of Gran Touring coupes. Being the driver-focused of the four, the Mercedes-AMG S 63 Coupe is the no-nonsense driver’s car, with the luxury fitting of the line up’s flagship status.
The top-range performance models of the AMG brand is instantly identifiable with the AMG Panamericana radiator grille first featured on the AMG GT3 race car, which naturally made its way to the AMG GT R road car. Besides that, the three-dimensional front splitter with its aerodynamically shaped high-sheen chrome edge reduces lift at the front axle. The size skirts with three-dimensional inlays finished in high-sheen chrome gives the coupe a low-sling look. At the rear, the S 63 Coupe features an updated rear apron with diffuser insert and redesigned model-specific AMG twin tailpipe exhaust system.
What the limousines don’t get are the OLED (organic light-emitting diode) rear lamps. OLEDs are characterised by their thin-film design, which allows curved surfaced to be created, resulting in a totally new light design. Both the coupe and convertible have a total of 66 OLEDs producing a light signature, which also comes with the Coming Home function.
The AMG S-Coupe gets AMG power sports seats with memory function and seat heating, which also supports the front occupants more lateral support. Nappa leather and AMG badges in the front and rear seat backrest keeps the AMG theme consistent.
The new three-spoke Performance steering wheel with paddle shifters is unique to the AMG models. It’s distinctively contoured with perforated leather in the grip area and a metal insert with AMG logotype. Also optionally available is the black nappa leather/Dinamica microfibre.
Another unique feature for the AMG S 63 Coupe is the wide 31.2-centimetre TFT wide-screen colour display, likewise displaying current driving information such as the engine and vehicle speed. Likewise, the driver has the choice of three user interface designs of “Classic”, “Sport”, and “Progressive”. And being an AMG car, the driver can also geek out on the engine and transmission oil temperature, lateral and longitudinal acceleration, engine power and torque output, turbo boost pressure, tyre temperature and pressure, as well as current vehicle setup.
Powering the S 63 Coupe is the M177 DE 40 AL AMG 4.0-litre Biturbo engine making a strong 612hp at 5,500rpm – 6,000rpm while providing a mountainous torque output of 900Nm at 2,750rpm – 4,500rpm. Likewise, the monstrous engine is paired with the 9G-Tronic automatic transmission. The fuel consumption of this beast stands at 10.1 L/100km NEDC combined. This goes from 0-100 in 4.2 seconds and hits a electronically limited 250km/h, or with the AMG Driver’s Package, the S 63 Coupe will be able hit 300Km/h.
Price? Be prepared to fork out RM1,461,605.60, with 0% GST, and subject to change once the upcoming SST is implemented.
Mercedes-Benz S 560 Cabriolet
Two doors and an open top, together with the refinement and elegance of the S-Class, the S 560 Cabriolet is one for the easy cruiser who loves having wind in their hair. The open top S-Class cabriolet comes with fancier standard equipment for a more intimate journey through the countryside with plenty of usable power under the right foot.
Being the summer dress of luxury cars, the S 560 Cabriolet is more Prada than Hugo Boss; the cabriolet S-Class is more comfort oriented than the AMG S 63 Coupe. It features a chrome-plated front splitter and voluminous air inlets, and its further enhanced by restyles side skirts and chrome-plated trims giving it the S600 V12 treatment.
Like on the Coupe, the Cabriolet comes with the new OLED tail lamps as standard. Locking and unlocking the vehicle additionally emphasised by an animated dynamic light sequence with subsequent dimming-up of the taillights. The OLED lamps also employ the multi-level tech with different levels of intensity for the brake lamps and turn signal indicators depending on the driving condition and the ambient brightness.
As expected the S 560 Cabriolet is more haute couture than hot laps around a circuit; the interior look comes with three trim lines: high-gloss brown burr walnut wood, satin-finish grey ash wood, and flowing line designo magnolia wood. There’s also three new upholstery lines: designo Exclusive nappa leather AMG Line Plus porcelain/tizian red, designo Exclusive nappa leather porcelain/tizian red, and designo Exclusive nappa leather AMG Line Plus Bengal red/black.
Likewise, the S 560 Cab comes with large diagonal 12.3-inch screens shared under one glass cover to blend them into a wide-screen cockpit, with three different display styles: “Classic”, “Sporty”, and “Progressive” and are configurable while being able to configure the information and views at will. Alongside certain menu contents such as trip data or consumption figures, the driver can view navigation data or the ECO display in the instrument cluster, which helps the driver to be more efficient with their driving.
The latest generation COMAND Online offers 3D hard-disc navigation with topographical map display, photo realistic 3D buildings and 3D map rotations. In addition, real-time traffic density information can include other features like Car-to-X warning messages, weather, filling stations including fuel prices and free parking spaces.
The S 560 Cabriolet is powered by a biturbo 4.0-litre V8 making 469hp at 5,250rpm – 5,500rpm, and 700Nm of torque at 2,000rpm – 4,000rpm. Like the other S-Class models, the engine is mated to a 9G-Tronic automatic transmission. It has a claimed combined NEDC fuel consumption figure of 10.0 L/100km. This steady cruiser goes from 0-100 in 4.6 seconds and tops out at 250km/h.
RM1,310,662.21 will give owners the full luxury open-top gran touring experience, also with 0% GST and subject to change upon SST implementation.
Mercedes-Maybach S 560
Founded in 1909 by Wilhelm Maybach and his son, originally a subsidiary of Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH was an aircraft engine manufacturer supplying engines for Zeppelins and heavy-duty diesel engines for marine and rail purposes. The company also manufactures full-size luxury cars. The company was absorbed and made a comeback in 1997 as a ultra-luxury arm of Mercedes-Benz with two models: the Maybach 57 and 62 – reflecting the cars’ length in decimetres. With poor sales expectation and the heavy impact of the 2007-08 financial crisis, the stand-alone brand was ceased by 2013.
Now revived, as the sub-brand for the S-Class, the Mercedes-Maybach S 560 and S 650 are the pinnacle of premium luxury, and one for the heads of corporations and states. The Maybach sub-brand stands for exclusivity and individuality, combining the Mercedes-Benz’s refinement and engineering with the exclusivity of Maybach.
Inspired by a pinstriped suit, the Mercedes-Maybach boasts fine, vertical struts, which celebrated its world premier in the Vision Mercedes Maybach 6 concept car. Also new is the Maybach logotype between the louvers of the radiator grills on the driver’s side. Like the Maybach 57 and 62, a two-tone paint finish will be available in the near future with nine different colour combinations available on request.
The double clear coat is available as a future option for all dark colours, making it easier for professional detailers to maintain a flawless surface for the many years to come. The surface finish with gives a piano lacquer effect and an impression of depth. The second layer clear coat, including intermediate sanding applied eliminating the “Orange Peel” affect seen on many mass-produced cars.
Inside, customers get to choose two new colour combinations: Armagnac brown/black and savannah beige/black. The black Maybach Exclusive nappa leather upholstery appointments can also be ordered with a choice of copper-, gold- or platinum-coloured contrasting topstitching. Also new are trim inserts in designo flowing lines in Magnolia wood.
Measuring 5,463mm in length and a wheelbase of 3,365mm, the apex S-Class exceeds the regular by 20cm in both measurements. The rear passengers will get to benefit from this increased size. This also includes Executive seats on both left and right, and voice amplification makes things easy for the passenger at the rear to communicate to the occupants in front. The Executive seats features 12 electric motors per seat to suit any body shape and size.
Other notable features include Magic Body Control with curve inclination function, Road Surface Scan, Night View Assist Plus, Burmester high-end 3D surround sound system, Magic Sky Control sliding sunroof, Chauffeur package which moves the passenger seat up to 77mm further forward, ENERGIZING comfort control, and Air Balance package.
The Maybach S 560 is powered by a biturbo 4.0-litre V8 making 469hp at 5,250rpm – 5,500rpm, and 700Nm of torque at 2,000rpm – 4,000rpm. Like the other S-Class models, the engine is mated to a 9G-Tronic automatic transmission. It has a claimed combined NEDC fuel consumption figure of 10.1 L/100km. This ultra-luxury limousine accelerates from 0-100 in 4.9 seconds and tops out at 250km/h.
Price starts from RM1.4 million with further personalisation available upon request. Price is with 0% GST and subject to change when SST is implemented.