Mercedes-Benz will be launching its mid-life update for the W222 S-Class at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show, set to happen next week.
Don't let the facelift term fool you, as Mercedes-Benz has done more than just a simple nip and tuck for its luxury sedan. Amongst the highlights include a new range of engines and improved Intelligent Drive.
The outgoing V6 petrol and diesel engines will be replaced by a range of inline-six engines. We reported earlier that Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that the new line of engines will debut on the W222 S-Class facelift. On top of that, a new plug-in hybrid variant of the S-Class is planned, with a claimed range of roughly 50 km. Elsewhere, Mercedes-Benz will also debut its new 48‑volt Integrated Starter Alternator and the electric booster compressor at the motor show.
For 2017, the Mercedes-Benz W222 S-Class facelift will receive the company's enhanced Intelligent Drive. DISTRONIC Active Proximity Control and Active Steer Assist have been updated to deliver more support for the driver, now able to adjust the vehicle's speed automatically ahead of curves and junctions. Active Lane Change Assist has also been improved, on top of the Active Emergency Stop Assist.
Since the Mercedes-Benz W222 S-Class's debut in 2013, more than 300,000 units were sold. Last year, the S-Class was the best-selling luxury sedan worldwide.