2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Introduction


The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the flagship of the brand and encompasses a range of models and body styles. For 2016, a convertible has been added, the Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet featuring a three-layer fabric top and a sophisticated climate-control system.

For 2015, a new S-Class Coupe joined the lineup, available as an S550 4MATIC Coupe or as an S63 AMG or S65 AMG. 2015 also brought the top-of-the-line Mercedes-Maybach S600, powered by a V12 engine, and the S550e plug-in hybrid.

Anchoring the S-Class is a range of sedans, including the S550 and S550 4MATIC, the S600, and two AMG versions. This sixth-generation S-Class was introduced for the 2014 model year.

The S-Class Coupe looks bold, with a dashing profile and unique roofline but with familiar detailing. The coupe’s arching character lines look crisper than those of the sedan. A broader, more upright grille is complemented by angular full-LED headlights and big air intakes.

Gas-engine S-Class models have a choice of two V8s and a V12. S550 models hold a twin-turbocharged 4.7-liter V8 that makes 449 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, teamed to a 7-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Sedans can be rear- or all-wheel drive (4MATIC) for sedans, while coupes are AWD-only.

With a standard air suspension, the S550 is an effortless performer.

High-performance AMG editions come in two levels: S63 with a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8, developing 577 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque; and S65 with a twin-turbo V12 that generates 621 horsepower and 738 pound-feet.

A 6.0-liter V12 goes into the S600 sedan, as well as the new, even more costly, Mercedes-Maybach S600, which flaunts an opulent appearance to rival Rolls-Royce. Measuring eight inches longer, the Maybach features a limousine-level cabin.

Finally, the new S550e Plug-In Hybrid can travel up to 12 miles in all-electric mode, then becomes a conventional hybrid. An 85-kW electric motor works with a 3.0-liter V6 gas engine, for combined output of 436 horsepower. Fuel economy is EPA-rated at 26 mpg Combined, yet an S550e can reach 60 mph in 5.2 seconds.

Available advanced active-safety systems include adaptive brake lights, night vision with obstacle/pedestrian detection, lead/following cruise control, forward collision alert with automatic braking, lane-keeping assist, and Active Parking Assist. An available camera predicts the road surface ahead, providing almost magical adaptive control over ride quality.

Base MSRP excludes transportation and handling charges, destination charges, taxes, title, registration, preparation and documentary fees, tags, labor and installation charges, insurance, and optional equipment, products, packages and accessories. Options, model availability and actual dealer price may vary. See dealer for details, costs and terms.

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