The new 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan hits the road with changes to its engine room and a host of new technologies.

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The cabin is now home to what Benz calls the Energizing Comfort Control system, which ties all of the cabin comfort systems into six mood-enhancing preset programs.

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These 10-minute programs adjust the climate control, ambient lighting, cabin fragrances, massage, audio system and more to relax or invigorate the driver.

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Under the hood, the S-Class can be had with either a 3.0-liter V6 engine or a 4.0-liter V8. Both mills are turbocharged.

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The new S560 designation indicates an S-Class is powered by the 4.0-liter biturbo V8 is sending up to 463 horsepower through a new 9-speed automatic transmission.

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Both rear-driven and all-wheel drive 4Matic configurations are available. Each has its advantages.

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Up front, new LED headlamps throw more light downfield more accurately.

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Out back, LED tail lights and dual exhaust tips finish the more aggressive, but still classy, look.

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Driver aid features get a step up for this generation with more advanced versions of the automaker's adaptive cruise, lane keeping and automatic emergency braking systems.

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On thing that I love about this generation of the Comand infotainment is that most of its functions can be accessed without taking a hand off of the steering wheel thanks to these tiny black thumb control pads.

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The 2018 S-Class hits the road with its new mood-enhancing tech later this year. It will, of course, be joined by AMG and Mayback variants.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

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