The S-Class is a staple of the full-size luxury car segment, and is practically a template for how a car with a six-figure price should look, feel and drive. And that template gets a few updates for 2019: all trims gain Mercedes Me connect, which allows the driver to stay connected to the car via smartphone at all times; there are new trim, upholstery and paint options; new AMG performance steering wheel designs finished in leather, wood, carbon fibre or "dinamica"; and the premium rear seating package gains wireless smartphone charging.
AMG S 63 models get the intelligent drive suite of semi-autonomous features as standard.
Finally, the ultimate Benz sedan, the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, gets a new grille with vertical bars; newly optional 20-inch wheels; and updated trim, upholstery and paint options, including a two-tone exterior.
As before, there are a number of S-Class models to choose from. The best-known variant is the sedan, which comes as the S 450, S 560, AMG S 63, AMG S 65, Maybach S 560 and Maybach S 650.
S-Class coupe and convertible models include S 560, AMG S 63 and AMG S 65.
The S 450 uses a 3.0L turbo V6 that makes 362 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. S 560 and Maybach S 560 models get a turbo 4.0L V8 good for 463 hp and 516 lb-ft. The AMG S 63 also uses a 4.0L turbo V8, but cranked up to 603 hp and 664 lb-ft, and the S 65 and Maybach S 650 get a turbo V12 that makes 621 hp and 738 hp.
Six- and eight-cylinder cars use a nine-speed transmission, and V12 models get a seven-speed. Benz's 4Matic AWD is standard in most models, but the S 560 convertible and V12 cars are rear-drivers.
Sedan buyers get to choose from three distinct S-Class bodies: a short-wheelbase variant (S 450, S 560); a long-wheelbase version (optional in S 560 and standard in S 63 and S 65); and the Maybach cars boast a wheelbase eight inches longer.
Coupe and convertible models all share the same basic dimensions, including a wheelbase a few inches shorter than the standard-length sedan.
With this many powertrain options, the S-Class's fuel consumption estimates are a lot to keep track of, so here goes. The S 450 is rated 12.8/8.5 L/100 km (city/highway), while the S 560 sedan's figures are 13.5/8.6. S 63 estimates are 14.1/8.9 for the sedan, and a little less for the smaller coupe. You'll find the V12 cars in the "if you have to ask" category, with the Maybach S 650 and AMG S 65 sedans being thirstiest at 18.4/11.1 and 18.6/10.9 L/100 km, respectively.
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