The New Mercedes-Benz S-Class W222 Facelift

At the Shanghai Motor Show we got to see the long-awaited premiere of the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class W222 facelift! The whole S-Class family, including the luxury model Mercedes Maybach and dynamic models, Mercedes-AMG S63 4MATIC + and S 65, was disclosed in China, the country where every third S-Class is sold.

The exterior of the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class facelift was refreshed with minor retouching that created a different appearance from the base version, basically perceiving it as a completely new model. Among the outside changes we mention the new front grille, previously available only on S 600 and S 65 AMG (on the latter the front grille receives chrome vertical elements), the new front headlights with three characteristic LEDs, a new front bumper with huge air intakes and even more chrome elements, a new rear bumper with chrome trim over the entire width of the car, which includes false endings for the exhaust system and revised tail lights with optic fiber elements.

As an option, Multibeam LED optical blocks available for the new E-Class will be offered, but no mention about the revolutionary Digital Light blocks was made. The new S-Class facelift comes with seven new types of rims with dimensions ranging between 17 and 20 inches.

The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class facelift is offered with a new range of diesel and gasoline engines with in-line 6-cylinder unit and a V8. Initially, the new S-Class facelift will be available with a six-cylinder diesel engine with a displacement of 3.0 liters (OM 656), which on the S 350 d 4MATIC develops 286 hp and 600 Nm of torque, indicating a combined fuel consumption of 5.5 l / 100 km, and on S 400 d 4MATIC produces 340 horsepower and 700 Nm with a combined fuel consumption of only 5.6 l / 100 km.

The main innovation of the facelift is the presence of a new steering wheel. It comes with a sporty design with two touch surfaces, which allows the use of multimedia system without taking your hands off the steering wheel. The two 12.3-inch screens are now united and can be controlled using buttons on the center console.
There are three types of display, called Classic, Sport and Progressive and ambient lighting now comes in 64 colors. Customers can choose several types of wood to decorate the interior.

Mercedes also boasts with an interesting innovation: six programs that can influence the mood of the driver and passengers. The driver and the passenger can choose one of them, and this adjusts air conditioning, seat position, massage, ambient lighting, and inside fragrance.

Some of the most interesting novelties aimed at enhancing the driving experience is Active Distance Assist Distronic, and Active Steering Assist, through which the car will be able to maintain a safer distance compared to other vehicles in traffic in both lanes, as well as when changing lanes. In addition, the car speed will be automatically adjusted in curves and intersections.

The Active Lane Change Assist function is present too. In the case of running with speeds between 80 and 180 km / h, and you want to change lanes, just touch the function indicator. Over the next 10 seconds, the car will change lanes when it believes it can do so safely, depending on distance from other cars and their speeds.

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