Last year, the S-Class received a comprehensive makeover, but this year it only received minor improvements. The primary difference between the trims are the powertrains.
Trims and Features
The new Mercedes-Benz S Class is available as a sedan, coupe, or convertible. The available trims are the S 450, S 560, AMG S 63, and AMG S 65. The S 560e, which is a plug-in hybrid sedan, will be available around the summer of 2019. The S 450 is available as a sedan while the other trims are available in three body styles.
S-450- The S-450 is well-equipped with standard features to include adaptive LED headlights, power rear sunshade, power-folding mirrors with auto dimming, an air fragrance system, keyless start, a panoramic sunroof, soft-close doors, leather upholstery, power trunk, an air-ride adaptive suspension, a virtual instrument panel, and 16-way adjustable power front seats with heating and memory settings. The standard technology features include a smartphone app to control certain features, smartphone integration for Apple and Android, a wireless device charging pad, a 13-speaker Burmester audio system, a 115-volt household type power receptacle and a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment display with Mercedes’ COMAND technology.
S-560- The S-560 couple and convertible build on the S-450 features and adds ventilated front seats, a rear sunshade, premium leather, and automated parking. Both models exclude the household power receptacle. The convertible also includes a folding soft top, an Aircap system with wind blockers on the windshield and between the rear headrests, and Airscarf neck heating.
An available Premium package includes multi-contour massaging seats with instant heat and a 360-degree camera system and head-up display for the coupe and convertible. The sedan also includes ventilated front seats, automated parking, and power sunshades in the rear. For the ultimate in safety, a Driver Assistance package includes an abundance of the latest safety features. For passengers in the rear, the Executive Rear Seat package for sedans only adds multi-contour massaging rear seats, seat cushion airbags, and a right rear seat with power recline and an ottoman. The Executive Rear Seat Plus package interchanges the center seat with a console that has an entertainment system and a refrigerated compartment. Other stand-alone options include Magic Sky Control which has a dimming tint for the sunroof, Magic Body Control features a predictive suspension that improves cornering, a head-up display, a camera with night vision, a wireless charging pad in the rear, and a 26-speaker Burmester surround sound system.
AMG S 63- The S 63 is sportier and has unique exterior accents that separate it from the pack. It also includes many of the standard and optional features from the above trims.
AMG S 65- The S 65 is similar to the S 63, but it has a more powerful engine and can only be purchased in rear-wheel drive.
The AMG trims have the Premium package standard. They also include 20-inch rims, improved brakes, a sports exhaust, an adaptive sports suspension, a 360-degree camera system, unique sport modes, performance apps, and an IWC clock(sedan models only). The S 65 comes standard with Magic Body Control, a night-vision system, a premium surround system, and a leather headliner.
S-450- The S 450 sedan uses a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine that produces 362 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. It is connected to a nine-speed automatic transmission that drives the rear wheels. All-wheel-drive is also available.
S-560- The S 560 is powered by a turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine that pumps out 463 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. It is also connected to a nine-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel-drive comes standard on the coupe but is not available on the convertible.
AMG S 63- The S 63 has a turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine that generates 603-hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. It is connected to a nine-speed automatic transmission that drives all four wheels.
AMG S 65- The S 65 features a powerful 6.0-liter turbocharged V12 engine that produces 621 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque. It is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission that drives the rear wheels only.
Standard safety features for all trims include forward collision mitigation, automatic emergency braking, blind -spot alert, lane departure assist, and a drowsy driver alert system. A Driver Assistance safety package is also available that adds an abundance of safety aids. It also includes a wide range of airbags. All trims are extremely safe to drive. The federal National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA) and the private Insurance Institute for Highway Safety(IIHS) have yet to rate the new S class trims, but the 2018 model received high marks in all crash tests and safety areas.