Mercedes-Benz’s flagship S-Class sedan has been redesigned for 2014, and the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550 will carry a price of $93,825 including destination when it goes on sale in the U.S. later this year. This is more than $2000 cheaper than the 2013 S550, which started at $95,905. The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550 will be the first S-Class model to arrive in the U.S. in October, with the all-wheel-drive S550 4Matic and S63 AMG 4Matic following in November.
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550 is powered by a 4.7-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8 producing 455 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, slightly higher numbers than last year’s 429 hp S550. Despite the power boost, though, Mercedes says the new model should achieve five percent better fuel economy than before.
Standard features for the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550 include a panoramic sunroof, LED lighting inside and out, a backup camera, and keyless start. A $2800 Driver Assistance package essentially turns the 2014 S-Class into a semi-autonomous vehicle with adaptive cruise control, active steering assist, pre-safe braking system, cross traffic assist, and active blind spot protection. Mercedes has not yet released full option and package information for the S-Class, but loaded versions of the S550 should easily command over $100,000. The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550 4Matic carries a $3000 price premium over the rear-wheel-drive model, with prices starting at $96,825 with destination.
Compared with other full-size luxury sedans, the 2014 S-Class is on the expensive side. The equivalent 2014 BMW 750Li sedan starts at $91,925, and the 2013 Audi A8L with the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 starts at $88,095.
On the performance end of the S-Class lineup, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4Matic will have starting price of $140,425. The S63’s 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8 puts out 577 hp (compared with 536 hp from last year) and is mated with standard all-wheel-drive for 2014.
More variants of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class will be coming to the U.S. next year. The 2014 S500 Plug-in Hybrid has already been confirmed for our shores, an extra-long-wheelbase model has been spied, and Mercedes is showing an S-Class Coupe concept at Frankfurt this week. The last-generation S-Class also offered an S350 Bluetec diesel model in the U.S. as well as a range-topping S65 AMG model with a twin-turbo V-12. Stay tuned for more S-Class news as Mercedes continues to expand its flagship line.