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Mercedes-Benz S-Class (W222)

The Mercedes-Benz W222 is the sixth generation of S-Class produced from 2013 to 2020, successor of the W221 S-Class and predecessor to the W223 S-Class. The W222 was designed in 2009 by Korean designer Il-hun Yoon, who was inspired by the Mercedes-Benz F700 concept car. The exterior design was developed by a team of designers under the direction of Robert Lešnik. The W222 has a similar design theme to the C-Class (W205) and E-Class (W213).

In Europe, sales of the S400 Hybrid, S350 BlueTEC, S 350 BlueTEC Hybrid, and S500 began in September 2013. Sales of the S550 in the United States also beginning in September. The 4Matic four-wheel drive model going on sale in November. Additional models, including V12 models and those from AMG were released in 2014.

The W222 S-Class debuted on 15 May 2013 in Hamburg, Germany and entered production in Sindelfingen, Germany in June 2013.

Production of the W222 ended in September 2020 with the introduction of its successor, S-Class (W223).


Mercedes' hydropneumatic, active suspension Active Body Control has been updated with a system dubbed Magic Body Control (MBC) that is fitted with a road-sensing system ("Road surface scan") that pre-scans the road for uneven surfaces, potholes, and bumps. Using a stereo camera, the system scans the road surface up to 15 meters ahead of the vehicle at speeds up to 130 km/h (81 mph), and it adjusts the shock damping at each wheel to account for imperfections in the road. Magic Body Control is not available on any of the 4-Matic models, as of Model Year 2017.


The vehicle was unveiled at Airbus in Hamburg-Finke Werder, followed by Shanghai's Mercedes-Benz Arena, and the 2013 Osaka Motor Show (S 400 HYBRID). The new S-Class became available to order in May 2013, with official arrival at Mercedes-Benz dealers on 20 July 2013.

Early models included S 400 Hybrid, S 500, S 350 BlueTEC, followed by S 300 BlueTEC Hybrid in early 2014.

US models went on sale as 2014 model year vehicles; the lineup initially included only the long-wheelbase "S550" (S500 in Europe) in September 2013, and the long-wheelbase S 550 4Matic which arrived in November 2013. Auto Bild measured the LWB as the quietest among cars like the Rolls-Royce Ghost and the Bentley Flying Spur in 2014.

Europe models went on sale at the end of July 2013, followed by China at the end of September 2013, and the USA in October 2013.

Japan models went on sale and delivery began in November 2013. Early models include the S 400 Hybrid (right-hand-drive), S 400 Hybrid Exclusive (right steering), S 550 long (left/right steering), S 63 AMG long (right steering), S 63 AMG 4Matic long (left-hand-drive). The S 300 BlueTEC HYBRID, S 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC, S 600, and S 65 AMG Saloon arrived at dealer showrooms in March 2014.

There is also the "S500 Intelligent Drive", which is a self-driving version of the 500 sedan, using sensors that are also available in the production version of the S-Class. The car uses the sensors to capture the massive amounts of data in traffic. The vehicle was unveiled in the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

S 63 AMG, S 63 AMG 4MATIC (2013–2020)

Available in short (S 63 AMG only) and long wheelbases, the S 63 AMG is a version of the S-Class saloon with the Mercedes-Benz M157 engine rated at 430 kW; 577 hp (585 PS) at 5,500 rpm and 900 N⋅m (664 lb⋅ft) at 2,250-3,750 rpm, 10-spoke or Siena 5 twin spokes AMG forged light-alloy wheels (8.5x19 front and 9.5x19 rear) with 255/45 R 19 front and 285/40 R 19 rear tyres (optional titanium grey and polished 8.5x19 front and 9.5x19 rear wheels with 255/40 R 20 front and 285/35 R 20 rear tyres), lightweight 78 Ah lithium-ion battery (from SLS AMG Coupé Black Series), a weight-optimised AMG high-performance composite brake system, aluminum body panels, a spare wheel recess made of carbon fibre, AMG sports exhaust system, AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission, ESP Curve Dynamic Assist, 2 suspension types (AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension, AIRMATIC with the Adaptive Damping System ADS PLUS in S 63 AMG 4Matic; "Magic Body Control" with Crosswind stabilization in S 63 AMG with rear-wheel drive), front apron with three large air dams with grille in high-gloss black, flics in high-gloss black on the side air intakes, side sill panels with three-dimensional inserts in silver chrome, AMG sports steering wheel. Other features include AMG door sill panels, AMG floor mats, AMG sports pedals in brushed stainless steel with rubber studs, Ambient lighting, Attention Assist, Collision Prevention Assist, COMAND Online, 10 loudspeakers with Frontbass, Metallic paintwork, Pre-Safe Plus, Tyre pressure loss warning system, LED High-Performance headlamps, DISTRONIC PLUS (Driving Assistance package Plus, Night View Assist Plus).

AMG Performance Studio options include an AMG Exterior Carbon-Fibre package, AMG ceramic high-performance composite brake system, AMG carbon-fibre engine cover, AMG performance steering wheel in black Nappa leather / DINAMICA, AMG trim in carbon fibre/black piano lacquer, and red brake calipers.

Other options include Air-Balance package, Burmester surround sound system, Burmester high-end 3D surround sound system, Business Telephony in the rear, Chauffeur package, designo appointments packages, Executive seat, Exclusive package, First-Class rear suite, Folding tables in the rear, LED Intelligent Light System, Seat Comfort package including ENERGIZING massage function, Warmth Comfort package.

The US model of S 63 AMG 4Matic included an increased top speed of 300 km/h (186 mph), and was set to go on sale in November 2013.

S 65 AMG (2014–2019)

The S 65 AMG is a version of the long wheelbase S-Class sedan with an AMG 6.0-litre V12 biturbo engine rated at 463 kW; 621 hp (630 PS) at 4,800 rpm and 1,000 N⋅m (738 lb⋅ft) at 2,300-4,300 rpm, exclusive carbon-fibre/aluminum engine cover, 2 AMG logos on left and right with a centrally positioned Mercedes star, seven-speed automatic transmission, 78 Ah lithium-ion battery, AMG sports suspension with MAGIC BODY CONTROL with Crosswind stabilization, ESP Dynamic Cornering Assist, electromechanical AMG speed-sensitive sports steering with variable steering ratio, 20x8.5/20x9.5-inch front/rear ceramic high-gloss polished AMG 16-spoke light-alloy wheels (optional 10-spoke forged wheels in polished titanium grey or matt black with a high-sheen rim flange and screw-in fully integrated wheel bolt cover, 5-twin-spoke forged wheels in titanium grey with a high-sheen finish and a black wheel bolt cover), 255/40 R 20 and 285/35 R 20 tyres, optional AMG ceramic high-performance composite braking system (front brake discs with a diameter of 420 millimeters, "AMG Carbon Ceramic" logo at brake calipers), V12 radiator grille with six twin louvres in high-gloss chrome, front apron with three large cooling air intakes, grilles and flics (air deflectors) on the side air intakes in high-gloss chrome and dark paint colours, side sill panels in high-gloss chrome, high-gloss black rear diffuser insert (optional grilles and flics in high-gloss black), "V12 BITURBO" lettering on the wings and the "S 65 AMG" model badge on the boot lid in modern typography, AMG sports exhaust system with two chrome-plated separate twin tailpipes, interior upholstery in exclusive nappa leather with seat upholstery layout in an exclusive diamond-pattern design, delineated perforations in the leather upholstery of the AMG sports seats, no perforations in the napa leather wherever there is contrasting topstitching, napa leather roof liner, leather-lined dashboard, door centre panels in a diamond-pattern design, leather-clad roof grab handles, additional wood trim, AMG stainless-steel door sill panels illuminated in white, choice of 5 colour schemes for Exclusive nappa leather upholstery (black, satin beige/espresso brown, nut brown/black, porcelain/black and crystal grey/seashell grey), newly contoured seat cushions and backrests, AMG badges on all four seat backrests, embossed AMG emblems on the front and rear centre console, AMG emblems on the trim of the seat backs, 2-spoke AMG sports steering wheel, contoured steering wheel rim is covered with napa leather with perforated leather in the grip area, insert with AMG lettering, aluminum shift paddles, analogue clock in an exclusive IWC design (three-dimensional, milled metal hands and genuine metal appliqués on the dial), chrome-plated door pins with AMG logo, AMG instrument cluster with two animated round dials on TFT colour display (AMG-specific lettering and the needles in red/silver, AMG logo in the speedometer with 360 km/h (224 mph) scale (left) and the "V12 BITURBO" lettering in the rev counter (right), animated AMG start-up display is shown on the right-hand display, AMG main menu with digital speedometer and a permanent gear display in the upper section), head-up display, 6.5 x 4.5 centimeters touchpad integrated into the hand rest with a cover for the keypad.

AMG Performance Studio options include an AMG Exterior Carbon-Fibre package, AMG ceramic high-performance composite braking system, AMG performance steering wheel in Napa leather/DINAMICA (black), AMG trim in carbon-fibre/black piano lacquer, and red brake calipers.

Other options include a 360° camera, Business Telephony in the rear, designo appointments packages, an executive seat, a first-class rear suite, an individual entertainment system in the rear, folding tables in the rear, and a warmth comfort package.

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2013 Los Angeles International Auto Show and the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, followed by the 2013 Osaka Motor Show.

The vehicle was set to go on sale in March 2014.

On 24 February 2019, Mercedes-Benz announced the S 65 Final Edition with a limited run of 130 units and unveiled the final edition at the Geneva Auto Salon on 2 March 2019. This will end the era of the V12 engine in the Mercedes-AMG model; however, the M279 V12 engine could continue in Mercedes-Benz S 600 as well as Mercedes-Maybach S 650 (S 680 for the Chinese market) and possible GLS 680 for the foreseeable time. The Final Edition is finished in Obsidian Black metallic paint with bronze highlights in the front and rear bumpers and underneath the doors as well as bronze-coloured 20-inch alloy wheels. The special AMG emblems are affixed to the C-pillars. The interior is trimmed in black Exclusive Napa leather, with special carbon ornamental elements, and bronze-stitching black foot mats. Production ended in November 2019.

S 500 e (2014–2017)

The S 550 e is a plug-in hybrid version of the long wheelbase S-Class sedan with a 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo engine rated at 245 kW; 328 hp (333 PS) and 480 N⋅m (354 lb⋅ft), electric motor rated at 80 kW; 108 hp (109 PS) and 340 N⋅m (251 lb⋅ft), externally rechargeable battery, 4 hybrid operating modes (HYBRID, E‑MODE, E-SAVE and CHARGE), second-generation recuperative braking system, haptic accelerator pedal, pre-entry climate control of the interior, Intelligent HYBRID with (dis)charging management based on COMAND Online navigation data, and a 8.7kWh battery pack.

The all electric range is about 30 km (19 mi) under the New European Driving Cycle. Under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tests, the S 500 e has an all-electric range of 14 mi (23 km), with some gasoline consumption (0.1 gal/100 mi), so the actual all-electric range is rated between 0 to 12 mi (0 to 19 km).

The EPA, under its five-cycle tests, rated the 2015 model year S 500 e energy consumption in all-electric mode at 59 kWh per 100 miles, which translates into a combined city/highway fuel economy of 58 miles per gallon gasoline equivalent (MPG-e) (4.1 L/100 km; 70 mpg−imp gasoline equivalent). When powered only by the gasoline engine, EPA's official combined city/highway fuel economy is 26 mpg‑US (9.0 L/100 km; 31 mpg‑imp).

The production vehicle was unveiled in Toronto in 2013, followed by the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Deliveries began in September 2014 in Europe, starting at a price of €108,945 (~US$146,000). The U.S. launch is slated for early 2015. A total of 17 units have been registered in Germany as of September 2014. According to JATO Dynamics, a total of 38 units have been registered in Europe through September 2014.

S 600

The S 600 is a version of the long wheelbase S-Class sedan with a 6.0-litre V12 biturbo engine rated at 390 kW; 523 hp (530 PS) and 830 N⋅m (612 lb⋅ft) at 1,900 rpm. Features include ECO start/stop function, optional touchpad, optional head-up display, Collision Prevention Assist plus, and optional electric windscreen heating. The vehicle was unveiled at the 2014 North American International Auto Show. The vehicle went on sale in March 2014.


In 2015, Mercedes brought back the Maybach name as a sub-brand of the Mercedes lineup. The first model produced was the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, designed to compete against the Bentley Mulsanne and Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII. At 5,453 mm (214.7 in) long with a wheelbase of 3,365 mm (132.5 in), the new model is approximately 20 cm (7.9 in) greater in both dimensions compared to the long-wheelbase S-Class models.

The Mercedes-Maybach is available in S 500 and S 600 models (the US received Mercedes-Maybach S 550 4MATIC and S 600 models, with the S 550 having the same 4.7L engine as the S 500 Mercedes-Maybach elsewhere), with 4MATIC optional with the V8 engine and V12 for the latter. Mercedes also claims that the S Class is the world's quietest production car. The basic car has colour options and the choice between a rear bench seat or 2 reclining rear seats. Options include air-conditioned, heated and massaging seats; heated armrests; a system to pump agarwood scented ionised air around the cabin; First class suite for the rear cabin and a 24-speaker, 1,540 watt Burmester High-End 3D surround sound system.

Assembly of the Maybach S 500 started in Pune, India in September 2015 and it is the second country to produce a Maybach.

In 2017, the facelift S 600 was discontinued, while the S 650 was introduced (with the engine of the former S 65 AMG).

The Mercedes-Maybach S 600 and S 650 were also available in a Pullman version, a chauffeur-driven sedan that includes a partition-separated rear passenger compartment with two sets of paired facing seats. This version is equipped with the V12 dual-turbocharger gasoline engine, the seven-speed automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive. The same vehicle is additionally available as an armored version, known as the Pullman Guard.

At the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show, a new Chinese-only Mercedes-Maybach S 680 was introduced for the 2018 model year and onward. The number 8 is very auspicious in China and Asian countries, closely associated with luck and wealth. The S 680 is essentially the same as S 650 in equipment level.


Engines (2013–2017)

  • With optional extra-cost AMG Driver Package
  • Badged as S 400 HYBRID, S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID, S 350 BlueTEC, S 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC and S 300 BlueTEC HYBRID before 2015

Transmission (2013–2017)

W222 facelift (2017–2020)

A mid-cycle refresh was unveiled in April 2017 and entered production on 3 July 2017 for the 2018 model year. The refresh introduces the new 48-volt integrated starter/alternator, ENERGIZING Comfort Control, updated autonomous driving technologies. The grille is updated to differentiate between six and eight-cylinder engine versions and long wheelbase and V12 versions. The headlamps and taillamps are revised with new enhanced LED technology.

The new range of six-cylinder inline petrol and diesel engines are offered with electrification (20 kilowatts/22 horsepower). This marks the return of six-cylinder inline engines to the S-Class since the last one was offered in 2005. The engine is 2,999 cc (3.0 L) for both petrol and 2,927 cc (2.9 L) diesel engines. The sole gas V6 engine is in the S 560 e with a plug-in hybrid system. The four-cylinder inline engine with a hybrid system (S 300 h) was removed from the S-Class model range. Additionally, the old 4.7-litre V8 petrol engine is replaced by the new AMG-engineered 4.0-litre biturbo V8, consolidating the V8 engine range to one size now. 2019 marks the final year of S 65 AMG with 130 units to be finished in obsidian black metallic paint with bronze highlights on the body and alloy wheels. However, the 6.0-litre V12 AMG carries on in Maybach S 650 after the production end of S 65 AMG. Only S 600 continues unchanged.

Inline 6 and V8 engines are now paired with the 9-speed 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission (AMG Speedshift MCT for S 63 AMG 4MATIC+) while V12 engines continue to use the 7G-TRONIC PLUS transmission.

S 63 AMG 4MATIC+ became the sole choice for the V8 version of the S-Class from AMG, eliminating the previous rear-wheel-drive version.

Engines (2017–2020)

  • With optional extra cost AMG Driver's Package

Transmission (2017–2020)

Model codes


External links

  • Official website for the W222 S-Class

Press kit:

  • The S-Class: The aspiration - the best car in the world

Press kit (2017 facelift):

  • The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class: The automotive benchmark in efficiency and comfort


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