Everyone knows the S-class, thanks to legendary W140 and W220 models – it is executive sedan which is way ahead of any kind of other cars in terms of comfort and equipment. The current generation debuted back in 2013, so now it’s the right time for mild facelift.
The main rivals for the car are 7-series BMW, Audi A8 and Jaguar XJ.
We think that there won’t be that much difference to the overall appearance of the new S-Class, but we do know that Mercedes have put a lot of work into reengineering the car, and despite that models have been seen out testing on public roads, Mercedes aren’t quite ready yet to launch the new car.
As we’ve already stated, the new S-Class is currently under test conditions on the public highways, but we still don’t expect to see the model released until at least late 2016, perhaps even as late as early 2017.
2017 Mercedes S class release date: early 2017
Update: already available for purchase
Keeping in line with competition and the current pricing structure should mean that the new 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class will start around the $100,000 mark.
Update: Pricing for S-class starting from $97,525 for the standard equipment version, up to $171,675 for S600.
2017 Mercedes S class Specs
Starting under the hood, we will see the same range of powertrain options, but tweaked slightly for better mileage and CO2 emissions. This means that the base model will have a 4.7 liter twin turbo V8, capable of producing 449 BHP. We’ll also see a 48V mild hybrid version making an appearance later on in the production run. Mercedes will offer an all-wheel drive as an option.
There is also a S600 modification with twin turbo V12 producing 523 HP.
A Little Refresh
We know that Merc have updated and restyled the front and rear bumpers, changed the headlight cluster and redesigned the rear tail lights on the exterior, but there isn’t much more than that; those hoping for significant changes will be disappointed, but we think the current S-Class is pretty stylish as it is.
Highest Equipment Level
Mercedes have put a little more effort in to the interior; pretty much everything will be upgraded to make the cabin a nicer and more user friendly place to be.
The instrument cluster will be wider, with a frameless dual screen display. Behind the system will be the updated Mercedes COMAND infotainment system, which will run through the updated touch sensitive controller on the center console, although it is also rumoured that Mercedes are currently working on a version of Gesture Control for the system; it remains to be seen if this will be on the 2017 S-Class.
Finally, there will be other minor tweaks such as a thicker, three spoke steering wheel and upgraded trim materials.