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2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class keeps it fancy with small upgrades

It'll take a keen eye to pick up on the aesthetic differences between the new S-Class and its pre-refresh forebear.

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The flagship is reborn, sort of.

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Mercedes-Benz has given the S-Class some light touches for its mid-cycle refresh.

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There are new bumpers front and rear, as well as redesigned headlights and taillights.

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The "base" S450 packs a 3.0-liter V6, good for 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.

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The more expensive S560 replaces that V6 with a 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8.

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The S560's output is rated at 463 horsepower and 516 pound-feet.

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Both models wield a nine-speed automatic, and can be mated to either rear- or all-wheel drive.

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Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both standard.

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A slightly tweaked interior sees both 12.3-inch screens residing under the same pane of glass.

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The S450 will be on sale by the fall, with the S560 coming later in the year.

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Mercedes-Benz S-Klasse; Langer Radstand; 2017; Exterieur: Diamantsilber; AMG Line; Interieur: Leder Magmagrau/Espressobraun // Mercedes-Benz S-Class; long wheelbase; 2017; exterior: diamond silver; AMG line; interior: leather magma grey/espresso brown

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Mercedes-Benz S-Klasse; Langer Radstand; 2017; Exterieur: Diamantsilber; AMG Line; Interieur: Leder Magmagrau/Espressobraun // Mercedes-Benz S-Class; long wheelbase; 2017; exterior: diamond silver; AMG line; interior: leather magma grey/espresso brown

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Mercedes-Benz S-Klasse; Langer Radstand; 2017; Exterieur: Diamantsilber; AMG Line; Interieur: Leder Magmagrau/Espressobraun // Mercedes-Benz S-Class; long wheelbase; 2017; exterior: diamond silver; AMG line; interior: leather magma grey/espresso brown

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Mercedes-Benz S-Klasse; Langer Radstand; 2017; Exterieur: Diamantsilber; AMG Line; Interieur: Leder Magmagrau/Espressobraun // Mercedes-Benz S-Class; long wheelbase; 2017; exterior: diamond silver; AMG line; interior: leather magma grey/espresso brown

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Mercedes-Benz S-Klasse; Langer Radstand; 2017; Exterieur: Diamantsilber; AMG Line; Interieur: Leder Magmagrau/Espressobraun // Mercedes-Benz S-Class; long wheelbase; 2017; exterior: diamond silver; AMG line; interior: leather magma grey/espresso brown

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Mercedes-Benz S-Klasse; Langer Radstand; 2017; Exterieur: Diamantsilber; AMG Line; Interieur: Leder Magmagrau/Espressobraun // Mercedes-Benz S-Class; long wheelbase; 2017; exterior: diamond silver; AMG line; interior: leather magma grey/espresso brown

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Mercedes-Benz S-Klasse; Langer Radstand; 2017; Exterieur: Diamantsilber; AMG Line; Interieur: Leder Magmagrau/Espressobraun // Mercedes-Benz S-Class; long wheelbase; 2017; exterior: diamond silver; AMG line; interior: leather magma grey/espresso brown

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Mercedes-Benz S-Klasse; Langer Radstand; 2017; Exterieur: Diamantsilber; AMG Line; Interieur: Leder Magmagrau/Espressobraun // Mercedes-Benz S-Class; long wheelbase; 2017; exterior: diamond silver; AMG line; interior: leather magma grey/espresso brown

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