2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class and AMG S 63 – latest spy pics
Mercedes-Benz S-AMG S 63 facelift
Upgraded S-Class will get a raft of changes when it goes on sale late this year; hot AMG S 63 variant likely to follow next summer
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class will be facelifted in 2017, and sightings of development cars show what the model and the hot AMG S 63 variant will look like.
Exterior changes for the updated S-Class in 2017 will be minor. Spy shots show some light camouflaging around the new front and rear bumpers, and slight adjustments to the tail-light design. Earlier prototypes have also shown new LED headlight cluster designs.
More complex changes are expected for the interior. The S-Class’s digital instrument cluster was one of its hallmark features when the car was launched, but rivals have been quick to adopt the technology in their premium models.
For this facelifted model, Mercedes appears to be producing a wider, frameless dual-screen set-up, which will allow for a larger screen area. The new system will run the latest version of Mercedes’ Comand infotainment software and it continues to be operated via a touch-sensitive controller on the centre console, although Mercedes is also known to be experimenting with gesture control.
Also new on this prototype is a thicker three-spoke steering wheel that will replace the current two-spoke design.
Engines from the current S-Class are likely to be carried over in their entirety, but they could come with minor improvements to fuel economy and CO2 emissions. A new 48V mild hybrid system is due to be rolled out as part of a wider plan to add more electrically assisted models.
Mercedes-AMG S 63
The facelifted Mercedes-AMG S 63 was spotted testing at the Nürburgring this week ahead of its planned launch in the middle of 2017.
Exterior revisions to the AMG-tuned S-Class remain subtle. Camouflage on the front bumper indicates that this is where the majority of the S 63-specific styling revisions will be made. Most of the facelift’s more general changes – including new headlight clusters – have already been seen on standard S-Class test cars.
As with its soon-to-be-facelifted Mercedes-AMG S 63 Coupé sibling, power is set to increase from its current 577bhp, although insiders won’t specify by how much.