Best look yet at Mercedes' updated flagship.

[UPDATE] Mercedes has released a short teaser video shot at the New York Auto Show. Check it out at the end of the article.

Rather than hosting the 2018 S-Class’ world premiere at the New York Auto Show, Mercedes will unveil its updated range topper in full next week in China during the Auto Shanghai event. To ease the wait, the Germans have dropped a couple of fresh teaser images providing a better look at the car’s lightly updated front end and the discreetly modified interior cabin.

It’s a bit tricky to identify all of the changes brought by the mid-cycle refresh, but at least we can notice the headlights have a new LED signature with three lines shaped somewhat like a boomerang. Judging by the design of the prominent grille, we are likely looking at the upper-spec Maybach-branded version of the luxury saloon.

2018 Mercedes S-Class facelift

Moving inside the cabin, there are two significant changes. First, the steering wheel is completely new and it likely has the “Maybach” lettering on the central spoke, but we just can’t see it from this angle. In previous teaser images published last week (see attached gallery below), the steering wheel was revealed in full, along with the “Maybach” signature.

As for the other modification, the two 12.3-inch digital screens are no longer separated as Mercedes has decided to merge them and create one extra-wide display to enable a more cohesive appearance. They're likely the same units from the latest E-Class, recently named World Luxury Car of the Year. We should also mention the touchpad has gone through some updates and there will likely be new upholstery and trim options to spice things up even further.

Beyond these tweaks, the updated flagship model with the three-pointed star badge will come with a full array of safety and driver assistance systems bringing the S-Class closer to fully autonomous driving. In addition, a pair of inline-six petrol and diesel engines will be available, along with a new biturbo 4.0-litre V8 gasoline mill. As for the plug-in hybrid version, the engineers will update the hardware to squeeze 31 miles of electric range.

Mercedes will organise the public debut of the 2018 S-Class facelift on April 19th at Auto Shanghai, but we won’t be too surprised if the car will receive its online premiere in the coming days.

Source: Mercedes-Benz

Check out the updated coupe and cabrio S-Class models:

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