The second generation car to use Mercedes all-new platform is the S-Class which has been released back in 2013 and since then it quickly became a best seller in its class. To improve it even further, the car will receive a rather large update with the 2017 Mercedes S Class model which will include the addition of one all-new trim level as well as one new body style.
Best in class moniker is well deserved with the features that this vehicle brings. Among the most important things it offers one of the best, if not the best, rides in the industry. While it may not be the fastest or the most efficient, it offers one of the quietest and most exclusive interiors on the market among any other car currently in production.
Just like before, the car will remain the top of the Mercedes lineup meaning that it will offer all the latest technology features they have to offer. The price should be just as impressive as before so the base model will likely start at nearly $100,000 while the higher end versions of the car will easily go past $200,000. Also, the new body style, the cabriolet version, is expected to hit the market for around $150,000, and it will become their most expensive cabriolet to date.
The release date is still unknown but rumors suggest the car, and some of its siblings, are going to be first showcased in 2017 at the Geneva Auto Show. Standard sedan version could come even before the end of 2016 while convertible, and coupe should be offered slightly after that. We expect it to carry over the successful story of the predecessor models that ruled the market.
Engine wise, the 2017 Mercedes S Class is a bit more different than some of its siblings, this is because it doesn’t use the very efficient engines found on the rest of the lineup. Instead, its main goal is to offer a complete and very smooth ride and to do that it needs very powerful units. The base version will be the S550, which will include a 449 horsepower 4.7-liter twin-turbocharged V8.
For those that want to reduce fuel consumption, we suggest checking out the hybrid version. This option will come in the form of a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 coupled with an electric motor that will offer a combined output of 436 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. This is still far more than you need to propel this size sedan. 21/26
While the latter might seem the better choice, in the real World, both of them will return similar fuel consumption figures (17/26 mpg for the standard version and 21/26 mpg for a hybrid), but the V8 will be the faster one. Also, the V8 will have the advantage of an optional all-wheel drive system which will prove useful in certain scenarios.
The top of the range model will get a 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged V12, which can also be found on the current model. However, a possible AMG version could now deliver more than 600 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque from the same engine. As a result this would allow the S-Class to compete with the newly released BMW 760Li M. If this doesn’t happen we will get the S600 with 523 hp which again will offer stellar performances for this 4,806 pounds heavy vehicle.
Regarding design, the 2017 Mercedes S Class will be nearly identical to the current model, and the only real change would be a new pair of laser-directed headlights which will use LEDs in order to make light. Also, the all new body style, the cabriolet, will be closely based on the coupe so that it will be offering a similar back end as well as a nearly identical front segment. Also, instead of providing a hard-top like many expected, the convertible will come with a soft-top which will still be able to offer the serenity the coupe version is capable of.
2017 Mercedes S Class Interior
Inside the cabin, the new S-Class is expected to get two major upgrades. Firstly, the car has been rumored to receive a better cruise control and autonomous driving mode as well as a pair of larger screens. These new displays would get a more advanced adjustable brightness system that should allow them to be easier to read. This will be extremely important in the cabriolet version of the car where there is going to be plenty of sunlight.