Mercedes-Benz has brought the new generation S-Class to Australia, where it will launch next month in a single trim level with two wheelbase lengths.
Pricing for the S450 4Matic starts at AU$240,700 (US$191,361), excluding on-road costs and dealer fees. Its standard equipment includes a 12.8-inch OLED infotainment system, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, head-up display, sat-nav, smartphone integration, wireless charging pad, MBUX assistant and Burmester premium audio.
The list is far from over, as it also includes ambient lighting, two-zone automatic climate control, electrically adjustable front seats with heating and cooling functions, power closing doors, panoramic sunroof, fingerprint scanner and keyless go with flush-mounted door handles. The Driving Assistance Package, which features several safety systems, as well as the Parking Package, multibeam LED headlights with adaptive highbeam assist, adaptive suspension and many others are standard as well.
The LWB variant, named the S450 L 4Matic, will set buyers back at least AU$264,900 (US$210,600), and it has a 110 mm (4.3 in) longer wheelbase for more backseat legroom. This model features all of the equipment mentioned above, as well as electrically adjustable rear seats with memory function, automatic climate control for backseat occupants and forward facing rear airbags.
Both the S450 and S450 L are powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six which puts out 270 kW (367 PS / 362 HP) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque and is coupled to a 9-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. The 48-volt mild-hybrid system adds an extra 16 kW (22 PS / 21 HP) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) for short periods of time. The 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint takes 5.1 seconds in both versions, and average fuel economy is rated at 8.2 and 8.4 l/100 km (28.7-28 mpg US) for the standard and long wheelbase respectively.