The 2012 Mercedes-Benz S-Class will begin production shortly for release this summer. There will be very few changes from the 2011 since we had a major refresh for 2010. We are expecting the S550, S550 4matic, S63, S600, S65, S400 Hybrid and the new-to-the-US S350 Bluetec. As usual, the S600 and S65 will have nearly all options as standard equipment. These details will apply mostly to the S550, S400 Hybrid and S350 Bluetec.
S350 Bluetec – 241 hp, 429 lb/ft torque
S400 Hybrid – 295 hp, 284 lb/ft torque
S550 / S550 4matic – 382 hp, 391 lb/ft torque
S600 – 510 hp. 612 lb/ft torque
S63 – 536 hp, 590 lb/ft torque
S65 – 624 hp, 738 lb/ft torque
LED Daytime Running Lamps
Adaptive Highbeam Assist
Bi-Xenon headlamps with active curve illumination
Mercedes-Benz mbrace™ – in-vehicle services
Heated and active ventilated front seats
SIRIUS® satellite radio
iPod/MP3 media interface
COMAND with HD navigation
Power rear window sunshade
Infrared reflecting glass
harman/kardon LOGIC7® surround-sound system
6-disc DVD changer
Electronic trunk closer
Soft close doors
Verde Brook (Special Order)
Dolomite Brown (Special Order)
designo Mystic Blue
designo Mocha Black
designo Mystic Red
designo Mauritius Blue
designo Platinum Black
designo Mystic Brown
designo Magno Alanite Grey
designo Magno Cashmere
designo Magno Platinum
Black – Leather, Exclusive Leather, Premium Leather
Cashmere/Savanna – Leather, Premium Leather
Ash/Grey – Leather, Premium Leather
Chestnut Brown/Black – Leather, Premium Leather (both special order)
Sahara Beige/Black – Leather, Premium Leather
Matte Natural Oak Wood
Black Ash (special order)
Star Galaxy Stone
designo Black Piano Lacquer
designo Champaign White Piano Lacquer
designo Labrador Blue Pearl Stone Trim
designo trims require designo packages or leathers
designo Interior Packages
All Interior Pacakges Include: Rear Seat Package, Rear Side Roller Blinds
designo Saffron Beige
designo Mystic Red
designo Light Brown
designo Jet Black
designo Deep White
Premium 2 Package – $3630
Rear View Camera
Parktronic with Parking Guidance
Drive Dynamic Multi-Contour Seat with Message
Comfort Headrests front
Sport Package – $5900
Sport Body Styling and 19″ Wheels
Sport Package Plus One – $6650
Sport Body Styling and 20″ Wheels
Driver Assitance Package – $2950 - Not “Active” in S400 Hybrid
Active Blind Spot Assist
Active Lane Keep Assist
Rear Seat Package - $3040
8-Way power adjustable rear seats with memory
Heated and Ventilated Rear Seats
Four Zone Climate Control
Rear Seat Entertainment Package - $2450
2 Headrest mounted screens with remote and headphones
Rear Seat Comfort Package – $TBD
Multi-contour rear seats
Comfort headrests rear
SPLITVIEW – $710
Bang & Olufsen Sound System – $6400
Night View Assist PLUS – $1780
Active Body Control with cross wind stabilization – S550 only $4090
Heated Steering Wheel – $490
Panoramic Roof – $1090
Power Rear Side Windo Sunblinds – $750
Chrome Door Handle Inserts – $90
Wheel Locking Bolts
Illuminated Door Sills – $950
Accessory Rear Entertainment System – $1910
Wheels – Hover over Image for description
All of this information and pricing is still preliminary can can change before the vehicle is released. I don’t even have a picture of the 2012 yet! The top image is the 2011. We expect all of the 2012 S-Classes to be available in July/August.
The S63 and CL63 have been updated to include AMG’s newest motor, the direct-injected 5.5 liter twin turbo. Along with the engine stop start system found in the S400 these new models provide more horsepower with increased fuel economy. It will be interesting to see if the addition of the stop start system will eliminate the wonderful rumble the current cars produce at start-up or if everyone around will now hear this every time an AMG fires up to leave a stop light. Another great benefit of going to a twin turbo setup is that it will be much easier to increase power output over the coming years or much sooner for with a quick visit to Kleemann or Renntech. The new motor’s increase to 571hp and 663 lb-ft of torque should keep you entertained for a while but it’s good to know that there is more power available when you’re ready.
Mercedes-Benz European Delivery is always a popular option for taking delivery of a new vehicle! There are so many benefits!
The European Delivery Program Spring Special Promotion has begun. For a limited time customers who take delivery between May 1 and June 30, 2010 will receive a 2nd night hotel accommodation, courtesy of Mercedes-Benz. There is also available 2-for-1 airfare from Lufthansa through the Mercedes-Benz travel department.
Model Year 2011 European Delivery Launch Dates:*
E350 & E550 Cabriolet May 17, 2010
CLS and SLK-Class June 21, 2010
C, GLK and E-Class July 19, 2010
SL550, SL63 AMG February 22, 2010
S-Class November 15, 2010
*Launch dates are subject to change should there be a delay in the US retail release dates.
The European Delivery Program would like 90-120 days notice but there are ways to speed up the process! Please get in touch if you are interested in the program. You should also read my European Delivery customer testimonial to get another take on the benefits of this program.
Mercedes debuted the “Tree of Innovation” commercial during the Oscar presentation on Sunday. You may have seen it a few times since! It is just a small sample of all the green technology that Mercedes has brought to the marketplace!
This gorgeous 2010 S550 in Diamond White with the designo Porcelain Edition Interior just arrived at Atlanta Classic Cars. The pictures don’t do it justice! This interior is a knockout from the contrasting colors to the wood to the stiching in the leather. If you are looking for an S-Class that stands out from the pack…this is the one!
There has been rumor for months that the SPLITVIEW Front-Seat Entertainment system would be coming to the US market for the S and CL. It is official! It is now an orderable option. If you have an S or CL on order you may be able to add this option depending on its order status.
SPLITVIEW allows the driver and passenger to view two different sources on the same COMAND screen. The driver can control all of the normal COMAND functions like radio, navigation and phone while the passenger can use headphones and a remote to watch DVD video on the same screen!
State law prohibits this system on vehicles registered in AL, AZ, CO, IL, LA, MD, MA, NH, PA, VT, VA, WA, WV and WI. But we can have it in Georgia!
SPLITVIEW – Code 867 – $700 – Order now!
If you purchase a car with this option, your dealer’s service department will still need to activate it for you once you have acknowledged that you understand the legal requirements for using it in your state.
The 2010 S400 HYBRID has met the Federal Alternative Motor Vehicle Credit Program requirements as a hybrid motor vehicle. As a result, all purchase customers qualify for the $1150 tax credit. This is regardless of income and tax situation, claimed on your Income Tax Return, and applies only to purchased (not leased) vehicles.
Tax credit amount : 2010 S400 HYBRID $1,150
I also just finished some training on the S400 HYBRID and it is very impressive. With a base price nearly $20,000 lower than the only other competitor, the Lexus LS Hybrid, and this tax credit that the Lexus can’t use, the S400 is a fantastic value. The technology for the new Lithium Ion batteries is groudbreaking and allows us to have a normal sized trunk as opposed to toting around a trunk full of batteries. Also, at 19 MPG in the city the S400 offeres a 26% increase in fuel economy over the S550.
I have two S400 HYBRIDs in stock here at Atlanta Classic Cars and would be happy to demonstrate the benefits of a luxurious, efficient and affordable S-Class.
It is an exciting time here at the dealership…the 2010 models are arriving! There is nothing I enjoy more than parking a 2009 next to a 2010 and looking for the differences. Some models have only tiny changes this year and some have the “refresh” – which is usually new bumpers, lights, a few buttons and new wheels. I have included a few pictures of the changes that jumped out at me.
2010 GL550 – New Bumpers, New Wheels, New Lighting
2010 GL450 – New Bumpers, New Wheels, New Fog Lights
2010 C300 – New Laurel Wreath Center Cap in Optional 18″ wheels
2010 S550 – Full Refresh – New Lights, Bumpers, New Wood Steering Wheel