Not one, but four, the number of Mercedes-Benz S-Class facelifts launched at one go by Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) yesterday. The quartet was led by the W222 S-Class, the refresh taking shape here in the form of the S 450 L (RM699,888), which takes over the mantle from the S 400 h.

It’s powered by a 3.0 litre bi-turbo V6 petrol engine from the same M276 family as the 3.5 litre V6 CGI on the S 400 h, but offers more in the way of output and performance. With 362 hp (or 367 PS, as listed) and 500 Nm, it does the 0-100 km/h sprint in 5.4 seconds, which is 1.4 seconds faster than the old car.

New exterior cues abound, from a revised front end to new tail light crystal-effect graphics as well as a new 20-inch 10-spoke AMG wheel design. Inside, there are new upholstery colours, a new three-spoke steering wheel, a more seamless looking – and higher-res – intrument/display panel and upgraded connectivity in the form of Apple CarPlay/Android Auto support and wireless charging for mobile devices, both fore and aft in the cabin.

If the S 450 L isn’t grand enough for tastes, then there’s the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, the facelift being available in two variant forms, the S 560 and S 650 (base price, from RM1.4 million). The longer, more luxurious version of the W222 has no shortage of interior trim/upholstery choices, with nine combinations to pick from.

As you’d expect, it doesn’t stop there, because further cabin customisation is available, depending on the thickness of the wallet. The S 560 is powered by a 4.0 litre turbocharged V8, which provides 469 hp and 700 Nm of torque, while the S 650 features a 6.0 litre turbocharged V12 petrol engine that has 630 hp and 1,000 Nm of torque. Not that it matters, but both are faster than the S 450, at 4.9 and 4.7 seconds from standstill to 100 km/h respectively.

Those looking at a sportier bodystyle will no doubt have their eyes on the Mercedes-AMG S 63 Coupe (from RM1.46 million), in its Yellow Night Edition form as sporty as it gets for the C217 refresh. As the name suggests, the colour theme on this one is black with yellow highlight accents.

The rear-wheel drive offering’s M177 4.0 litre bi-turbo V8, tuned to pack 612 hp and 900 Nm of torque, gets it to the century in 4.2 seconds, and if 250 km/h isn’t fast enough, the specification of an AMG Driver’s Package takes care of that, upping top speed to 300 km/h.

More free-spirited adventurers will find the A217 S 560 Cabriolet (RM1.31 million) the bee’s knees. Though there are three upholstery options, the launch car’s red interior looks to be just the thing if you’re into flash and effect, top-down.

The convertible is powered by a M176 4.0 litre bi-turbo V8 engine, which replaces the 4.7 litre V8 found in the pre-facelift model. The unit is good for 469 hp and 700 Nm of torque at full pelt, but chances are, owners will be coasting along in one, and very likely not toasting while at that.

GALLERY: W222 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S 450 L AMG Line


GALLERY: W222 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class S 560

GALLERY: A217 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S 560 Cabriolet

GALLERY: C217 Mercedes-AMG S-Class S 63 Coupé