Published on June 19th, 2017 | by Subhash Nair


Visual Differences Between the Current and Facelifted S-Class

The current S-Class has been around since 2013/14 and has defined the Benz look across the portfolio. In late 2017 or early 2018, we’ll see an update to the S-Class that brings new engines, technologies and trim pieces, but overall the shape is unchanged.

Here are just a few comparison shots between the current W222 S-Class and the recently announced facelift.


Facelift Model

Current Model

The biggest changes to the cabin are the steering wheel and digital displays. Gone is the 2-spoke steering. A more conventional looking 4-spoke unit with chunkier buttons replaces it.  The animations on the digital displays have a blueish hue to them. The two 12.3″ displays have been upgraded with higher resolution too. You’ll also notice a push start button in place of the twist to start knob. Tweeters mounted by the wing mirrors in a circular housing look to be new too.

Top: Current model, Bottom: Facelift Model

It looks like Mercedes-Benz has resculpted the doors as well as the bumper panels. The lines are somewhat similar but have been moved a little.

Left: Facelift Model, Right: Current Model

Here’s where things get interesting. If you look closely, you can see the current model shows its fake exhaust tips even in this studio shot. The new model sees better integration of the bumper-mounted exhaust tips. The taillight cluster has been thoroughly updated. It looks a tad more modern, but not as elaborate as the outgoing S in these photos.

Left: Facelift Model, Right: Current Model

A new grille, a new bumper and intakes, new daytime running lights, new headlights. Here’s where most of the changes have happened visually.

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