The sixth-generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class debuted way back in 2014, but in a niche class that rarely sees much change, it remains fresh relative to its key competition. Despite its relative freshness, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class will receive a handful of mild updates and one new special edition.
Inside and out, not much will change or the 2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, as it will continue with its three body styles — sedan, coupe, and cabriolet — long body, sleek lines, and top-class interior amenities and materials. The sedan model will, however, gain a new S 65 Final Edition model that will add an Obsidian Black Metallic exterior finish, 20-inch matte-bronze forged alloy wheels, matte-bronze air inlets, high-gloss-black tailpipe trim, AMG crest on the C-pillar, black Nappa leather with copper-colored stitching, carbon-fiber trim with copper contrasts, and edition badging.
Buyers looking to upgrade the looks of the S-Class Coupe will be able to do that with the 2020 S-Class’ new optional AMG Aerodynamics Package.
In the features department, the 2020 S-Class Sedan will gain two new standard features, Active Parking Assist and KEYLESS-GO. The coupe and cabriolet’s once-optional Premium Package will be standard in 2020, adding active multicontour front seats with massage, a 360-degree camera, and front variable headrests to its list of standard goodies. The coupe and cabriolet will wrap up their changes in 2020 with new AMG Drive Unit buttons mounted on the steering wheel.
Under the S-Class’ long hood, we expect its powertrain options to remain the same. If this is the case, look for the base S450 to boast a 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine that cranks out 362 horsepower and gets the S450 to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds. In the S560 models will live a twin-turbo 4.0-liter engine that will crank out 463 horsepower and rocket the S-Class to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds.
Rounding out the lineup will be the AMG models. We expect the S63 AMG with its 603-hp twin-turbo V8 to return, but it remains unclear if the S65 AMG and its 6.0-liter V12 engine that cranks out 621 hp will make another run in 2020. All three powertrain options are expected to retain the nine-speed automatic transmission.
Though the S-Class hasn’t been through NHTSA or IIHS safety tests, it has plenty of advanced safety features, including standard automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitors. Buyers can also add a 360-degree camera, night vision, and more.