Mercedes-Benz will be giving its flagship sedan a nip and tuck for the 2017 model year. Our spies have captured both the standard model and AMG series undergoing warm weather testing.
From the looks of things, the body carries over unchanged from the 2014 model. However, the covers on the bumpers suggest slight tweaks to keep the S-Class fresh in the face of newer competition like the recently introduced G11/G12 BMW 7 Series and the upcoming D5 Audi A8. The headlights are also reconfigured along with a pair of new daytime running lights. The tail lights also gets a minor revamp.
Months prior to the 2017 S-Class shedding more cover, our spies have snapped photos of the interior. They say that the refreshed S-Class gets a redesigned dashboard as well. Mercedes-Benz removed the buttons between the dual monitors that serve as the infotainment and driver information display. Our spies also reported a new touchpad on the center console. Rounding up the new interior is also a new steering wheel.
Being a facelift model, the engine lineup will most likely be carried over from the current models. For the gas engine lineup, these include a 3.0 liter turbocharged V6, 3.0 liter bi-turbo V6, 4.7 liter bi-turbo V8 and 6.0 liter bi-turbo V12. The lone diesel engine is a 3.0 liter turbo V6. In addition, the S-Class is also available in gas and hybrid variants.
With the standard model getting a refresh, the S63 AMG models also get similar changes. Like the less sporting versions, it gets a new front and rear bumpers, headlights and tail lights. Also seen here are a new set of AMG option wheels.
It is also possible that the S63 AMG will carry over its engine from the ongoing model. The S63 is powered by a hand-built 5.5 liter bi-turbo V8. It is yet unknown if the S63 will get a minor power upgrade. The current S63 AMG punches out 585 PS and 900 Nm of torque.