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|Mercedes-Benz big bomber, the S-Class, is due for a mid-cycle refresh next year and we'll probably see its official form no later than the Geneva Motor Show in March. Judging from this latest batch of spy shots, we may actually see it much sooner, possibly as early as the Paris Motor Show in October. The fundamentals of the S-Class clearly aren't changing, but low investment parts like the grille, lower front fascia, mirrors and tail-lights get updates. The interior doesn't appear to have changed much either, but based on the driver's attempt to block the view, the S-Class may be getting a new COMAND system interface, which would be a welcome change. It's not known if Mercedes will offer a new BlueTec diesel engine in the S-Class here in the States, although that is a foregone conclusion for Europe. One new model we'll definitely see here is the S400 hybrid, which pairs the 3.5L V6 with a new mild hybrid system developed by Mercedes and BMW. The mild hybrid should also be the first mass produced automotive application of lithium-ion batteries.|
Although Mercedes-Benz has delayed the launch of its 2010 S-Class, the big sedan has entered its final rounds of shakedown testing. Only a few strips of camo can be seen on the next-gen S-Class, giving us our best look at Mercedes’ upcoming flagship sedan.
Although the launch of the updated S-Class is still several months away, a few of its final styling cues can be seen on this prototype. Clearly visible are the new front skirt and fog lights, the differently sculpted bumper, the new mirrors with the more elegant side flashers. Also new will be the modified layout of the headlights: while the flashers will move to the bottom of the units, LED daylight driving lamps will be fitted to the outer edges of the front lamp units. A slightly re-designed rear bumper and new taillights loosing the metal stripes will round the facelift.
When we saw this S Class with new front and rear fascias, we immediately thought of the Ocean Drive Concept. From the slightly V-shaped grille, to the LEDs surrounding the headlamps, to the clean and smooth rear bumper – designers are following the direction of the stunning Ocean Drive.
No changes are expected to be made to the car’s powertrain, although a hybrid version of the S-Class will be offered for the first time in the form of the S400 BlueHYBRID.
Look for the updated S-Class to hit U.S. showrooms in the fall or winter of 2009, just in time for the 2010 model year.
A special shout out for WCF reader Tobias, who sent in these brilliant pics of the Mercedes S-Class facelift. He spotted the Mercedes-Benz S400 Bluehybrid at rest in a parking garage in Germany.
New side-view mirrors have a more squared off shape than the current model. This matches the new, squared front bumper which distinguishes the car a bit more from other sedans. A larger air intake is flanked on both sides by new recessed fog lights. As we previoulsy mentioned, this car has a new graphic covering the headlights, with daytime-running LEDs added on. Headlights keep the same basic shape, as does the hood. However, the hoods lines are more steep and defining.
This car is also riding on bold, seven-spoke wheels that we don't remember seeing previously. At the back, we see the dual exhaust more integrated into the rear bumper. Taillights are improved by the addition of LEDs.
We're not sure how long we have to wait for the official debut of the facelifted Mercedes-Benz S-Class, but we hope to see it at Geneva. The new lineup should come to market soon as a 2010 model year car.
Mercedes has officially unveiled the facelifted 2010 Mercedes S-Class less than 24 hours after we first published pictures from a leaked brochure.
From the front the facelifted model boasts a more pronounced grille, a revised bumper with chrome inserts in the air intakes, as well as LED daytime driving lights, indicators and marker lights for the S 400 HYBRID and S 600 (They are part of a package on the other S-Class models). Out back the changes are less noticeable as the only modifications are the addition of new LED taillights and a revised exhaust system that is integrated into the rear bumper.
Despite the minor makeover, the big news is the launch of the S 400 HYBRID which boasts a fuel economy rating of 7.9L/100km and emits just 186 grams of CO2 per kilometer. Set to become the world's first production vehicle to combine a hybrid powertrain with a lithium-ion battery, the S 400 HYBRID uses a 3.5-liter petrol engine that produces 205 kW (279 hp) and an electric motor that cranks out 15 kW (20 hp).
If green isn't your thing, Mercedes still has you covered thanks to an extensive engine lineup that consists of eight petrol and diesel engines which have been upgraded to consume less fuel and produce less emissions. On the diesel side there is a 173 kW (235 hp) 3.0-liter V6 as well as a 4.0-liter V8 that cranks out 235 kW (320 hp). Petrol lovers get a choice of six different engines including a 3.5-liter V6 with 200 kW (272 hp), a 4.7-liter V8 producing 250 kW (340 hp), a 5.5-liter V8 with 285 kW (388 hp), and a 5.5-liter biturbo V12 that cranks out 380 kW (517 hp). Of course if that fails to impress you, then perhaps you might want to check out the S 63 AMG which produces 386 kW (525 hp) from its 6.2-liter V8 or the S 65 AMG which has a 6.0-liter V12 that boasts 450 kW (612 hp).
As with all previous S-Classes, the updated 2010 model features a host of new technologies to keep drivers safe. The Adaptive Highbeam Assist system adjusts the vehicles headlights to maximize forward visibility while preventing oncoming motorists from being distracted by the unnecessary use of the highbeams. Other updates include a revised Night View Assist system with pedestrian detection, a new Lane Keeping Assist function which vibrates the driver's seat when the vehicles leaves a lane unintentionally, and a new Speed Limit Assist system that displays the current speed limit in the central display.
Of course not all technology has to be relegated to keeping us safe, so Mercedes developed several new features such as a SPLITVIEW monitor which allows the driver and front seat passenger to look at the same screen and see different things. Thanks to this odd but ingenious bit of engineering, the driver can view a GPS map of the car's current location while the passenger watches a DVD movie. Among the other upgrades are a revised COMMAND system with a new SD card slot, advanced Bluetooth connectivity, and the addition of a USB port. Rear seat passengers also get a healthy dose of entertainment as the updated S-Class offers a rear-seat entertainment package that comes with two eight-inch displays and wireless headphones as well as a remote control that can operate all of the audio and telematic functions of the COMAND system.
Scheduled to go on sale in Germany this June, the facelifted 2010 S-Class will take on the recently redesigned BMW 7-series and Audi's upcoming 2010 A8.
As Mercedes-Benz’s S-class gets a refresh for 2010, the high-performance AMG models will be updated as well. Official press pictures will be released during the Shanghai auto show later this month, but the automaker’s German-market online configurator has spilled the beans early.
If you found previous AMG versions of the S-class to be too discreet, you’ll be happy to know that the package has been sharpened considerably. The front fascia has been altered to make room for a large center air intake. The circular fog lights also have been removed, while the outer air intakes now integrate LED light strips. The S63 and S65 are distinguished by their badging, wheel choices, and front grilles. As to the latter, the V-8–powered S63 wears five slim, horizontal bars, while the V-12 S65 displays three double strips, just like the S600. The quadruple exhaust tips are larger on the S65, and each pair meets in the middle. The taillights also feature new LED elements. We were hoping that AMG would move the shifter from the steering column to the center console where it belongs, as was done for the 2010 E63 AMG, but that’s not the case.
Both models remain among the most outrageous choices in the upper-luxury segment. The S65, with its 604-hp, twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V-12 producing 738 lb-ft of torque from 2000 to 4000 rpm, is more powerful than the 2010 BMW 760i/Li, as well as the 2009 Bentley Continental Flying Spur Speed. The S63 AMG is a bit tamer, with a naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V-8 producing “just” 518 hp and 465 lb-ft. Nevertheless, chances are you won't encounter anything faster on your commute, and the burly V-8 makes all the right sounds, too. In the S63, you get a seven-speed automatic transmission; the S65 uses a five-speed automatic—necessary to handle the mountains of torque—but it never leaves you wanting for more gears.
Pity the Mercs’ top speeds are governed to 155 mph—raising the limiter to 186 mph is an option, although we suspect most S-class AMGs are seldom used to their full potential. The Bentley, however, is ungoverned up to its 201-mph terminal velocity, and we can report from our testing that the German-engineered Briton even lets you set the cruise control at that speed. Of course, the S63 and S65 also frequently get neutered by their own stability-control systems, which have to work overtime under a heavy right foot.
Formidable Price, Too
Both models will likely stay long-wheelbase-only for the U.S., but the S63 AMG is available in Europe in short-wheelbase form as well. Since the changes are largely cosmetic, we don't expect prices to increase much. The 2009 S63 AMG costs $135,225; the S65 AMG rings in at $202,825. Should you seek
Originally Posted by Carscoop
Thanks to a watchful journo over at Car & Driver who discovered that Merc's 2010 S-Class online configurator included an option for the AMG models, we now have the first digital photos of the new S63 and S65 AMG sport sedans. While we could make a big fuss over the two models, fact is that, aside from the general revisions that were made to the entire S-Class range, the only differences between the 2009MY and the 2010MY AMGs concern the redesigned front bumper that incorporates a pair of LED daytime running lights and the restyled rear bumper.
There don't seem to be any changes under the hood as both models retain the same powertrains with the S63 featuring a 518HP 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine and the S65 a 604HP twin-turbocharged V12. Official details and photos are to be released during this month's Shanghai Auto Show in China where both models will be making their world premiere.
Originally Posted by MotorAuthority
Executive limo accommodations, supercar power and sleeper-no-more looks are the key ingredients to Mercedes Benz's newly facelifted pair of S-Class AMG sedans. Photos and details released today reveal the S63 and S65 AMG sedans, both of which are now even more appealing thanks to a series of subtle fine-tuning measures.
LED accents abound, with the high-tech illumination powering daytime running lights, fog lights and tail lights. Inside it's the usual array of fine wood, leather, high-grade plastics and reserved color combinations.
The same engines as the current cars can be found once you pop the bonnets, since this is just a mid-cycle freshening. That means the S63 will be cranking 518hp (386kW) from its 6.2L V8 mill, while the S65's 6.0L V12 will spin up to 604hp (450kW) and 738lb-ft (1,000Nm) of torque. All that twist necessitates use of a 5-speed automatic transmission instead of the 7-speed unit found in the S63.
The new S63 capable of accelerating to a speed of 100km/h from rest in 4.6 seconds, while the S65 will do the same in just 4.4 seconds. Both saloons are electronically limited to 250km/h. Despite no changes having been made to the engine data and performance values, it has still been possible to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 3%.
Originally Posted by Carscoop
The Shanghai Auto Show hosted the world premiere of the top-of-the-line 2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class models, the S63 AMG and S65 AMG. While retaining the same powertrains as the pre-facelift models, both AMG cars have received a series of subtle cosmetic and mechanical tweaks. The S63 AMG comes with a 6.3-litre V8 engine developing 525HP and 630Nm or 465 lb/ft of torque, and is capable of reaching 100 km/h (62mph) from standstill in 4.6 seconds while the S65 AMG that features a 6.0-litre biturbo V12 engine producing 612HP and 1000Nm or 737 lb/ft, accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in 4.4 sec.
Mercedes-Benz claims that in the S65 AMG, it has improved fuel economy and decreased CO2 emissions by around three per cent by retuning the car's engine management system.
2010 Mercedes-Benz S63 and S65 AMG - CarscoopA new feature for the 2010 S-Class AMG models is the Torque Vectoring Brake system that briefly applies the brakes on the vehicle's inner rear wheel during cornering. Merc's supports that this feature not only improves responsiveness but also active handling safety.
Furthermore, the AMGsports suspension which is based on the Active Body Control (ABC) and provides crosswind stabilisation has been added to the standard equipment for the first time.
In terms of styling, aside from the general revisions that were made to the entire S-Class range, the differences between the 2009MY and the 2010MY AMGs concern the new front bumper that incorporates a pair of LED daytime running lights, the restyled rear apron and the new, more pronounced arrow-shaped radiator grille, which in the case of the S65 AMG, features twin chrome-plated louvres.
Likewise, changes to the interior are limited to new infotainment systems, including COMAND APSwith new SPLITVIEW display, which shows different images for driver and front passenger simultaneously.
Both top-of-the-line AMG models will have their market launches in June 2009, with the S 63 AMG being available in both short or long-wheelbase versions and the S 65 AMG exclusively as a long-wheelbase version.
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