2017 Mercedes S-Class Updates Led By Maybach S550 4Matic

We’re expecting Mercedes to roll out a facelifted S-Class soon. But before it does, the German automaker has introduced a series of relatively minor revisions for its flagship sedan – the most significant of them arguably being the arrival of all-wheel drive in the top-of-the-line Maybach version.

Starting with the 2017 model year, upscale buyers looking for the height of luxury combined with all-weather traction will be able to order up the Mercedes-Maybach S550 4Matic. What’s more is that it’s actually less expensive than the existing version. That’s because it slots in underneath the existing Mercedes-Maybach S600, with its 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12. But despite the lower output from the 4.7-liter twin-turbo V8, Mercedes quotes the same 0-60 time of 5.0 seconds – likely enabled by the reduced weight and increased traction.

So instead of having to shell out $191,300, the new 4Matic version comes it at “only” $166,200 (plus a $925 destination charge). That compares rather favorably with the Bentley Flying Spur that offers either four- or twelve-cylinder power (both with all-wheel drive) starting over $200k, or the Rolls-Royce Ghost, which starts closer to $300,000 with its twelve-cylinder, rear-drive powertrain.

The Maybach models account for just two of the seven versions of the S-Class sedan that Mercedes offers in the United States, joined by the base S550, the S550e plug-in hybrid, S600 with its V12 engine, and the S63 and S65 AMG performance models. And that’s before we even get into the coupe and convertible versions.

For 2017, all S-Class sedabs also come with the Mbrace2 Connect package as standard. Also available as a new option is the Magic Sky Control panoramic roof panel that tints at the push of a button. Of course, the main addition to the Maybach range is the arrival of the armored S600 Pullman Guard.

The bigger revisions, however, will follow when Daimler introduces the anticipated update to the S-Class to help it maintain its position as the market leader against the newer BMW 7 Series just introduced and the forthcoming new Audi A8.

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  • trapalizer

    I’m curious about this four cylinder Bentley mentioned in the article.

    • Bash

      yeah, I never heard of it!!

    • Eunos

      It uses the new 1.5-liter engine with biturbo and supercharger. it puts out 400hp.

      • europeon

        Nice. Is that the diesel unit they share with Dacia Logan?

      • BGM

        Source please. I’m interested in reading about it. Thanks.

  • BGM

    In picture 4 you can see the back up light in the lower bumper while the two white strips on the tail clusters are the yellow turn signals. What are the chances that MB will make this system available in the US as opposed to the old *nah, they don’t need turn signals, just make the brake light go on and off!*. What pisses me off about all EU brands doing this when they bring their cars to the US is that they’re actually, on purpose making their cars worse.

    • antbee

      I concur! Mazda did the same thing with its cars for a couple of years. My 2012 3 doesn’t have side markers, nor does it have amber turn signals in the rear.

  • Doug Z.

    Does anyone edit this stuff?

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