Well, this is interesting – alongside the Mercedes-AMG C 43 and GLC 43 seen yesterday, the W222 Mercedes-Benz S 450 was also listed on the official Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) website before being taken down. The S 450 variant was only introduced on the facelifted S-Class, hinting that the updated luxury sedan will finally be launched here soon – right within the timeframe MBM promised last year.

Listed as a locally-assembled (CKD) model, the S 450 will be priced at RM699,888 on-the-road without insurance, making it around RM100,000 more expensive than the S 400 h. That one comes with duty exemptions owing to it being a hybrid that accounts for the price difference, although it should be pointed out that the S 450 is also a more powerful car.

That’s because the latter comes with Mercedes’ new 3.0 litre turbocharged petrol straight-six, plus a 48-volt integral starter/alternator (ISG) provides a 21 hp/250 Nm electric boost when needed – effectively turning it into a mild hybrid. Outputs are rated at 362 hp and 500 Nm of torque, all sent to the rear wheels through a nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic transmission.

There is also a possibility that it’ll get the older 3.0 litre turbo V6 unit first, with the same outputs as above, sans the 48-volt ISG. We’ll know for sure when the time comes.

Although specifications and equipment were not divulged, expect the S 450 to come with all the innovations that were introduced on the facelift. These include Multibeam LED headlights with Ultra Range high beam, touch-sensitive steering wheel controls, front and rear wireless smartphone charging and the new Energizing comfort control system that adjusts the climate control, air fragrance and the seat heating, ventilation and massage features according to your moods and needs.

Driver assistance features have also been given an upgrade, with the Distronic adaptive cruise control now able to slow down for curves and junctions, and is operable at speeds of up to 210 km/h. There’s also Active Steering Assist with Active Lane Changing Assist and Active Emergency Stop Assist, plus Active Brake Assist with cross-traffic and congestion emergency braking functions as well as Evasive Steering Assist.

Meanwhile, the S 400 h has already been discontinued, leaving the door open for the introduction of the S 560 e plug-in hybrid. That one receives a 3.0 litre turbo petrol V6 making 362 hp and 500 Nm, paired to 121 hp/440 Nm electric motor and a 13.5 kWh lithium-ion battery to provide a combined fuel consumption figure of 2.1 litres per 100 km and a 50 km all-electric range.

GALLERY: W222 Mercedes-Benz S-Class facelift