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The updated 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan, along with its powered-up 2017 Mercedes-AMG S63 companion, have been spotted testing in Europe this week.

These shots, which follow a set published in January, confirm again that Mercedes-Benz is running a fleet of facelifted S-Class prototypes, each fitted with a number of small exterior updates.

The front bumpers of both cars remain obscured, suggesting that we can expect a new look at the front end. There’s also light camouflage along the rear bumper, heavier in the case of the AMG model, pointing to smaller changes at the rear.

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It’s expected that visual changes for the updated S-Class will be limited to new front and rear bumpers, grille, headlight and tail-light graphics, and, possibly, other garnish changes, such as alloy wheels.

Now that the smaller C-Class and E-Class models have been completely redesigned and feature styling that deviates little from the S-Class’s template, this update may provide a little bit more visual space between the various models in the company’s rear-wheel drive sedan family.

While our friends were unable to capture an interior view, all the prototypes seen so far have had extensive amounts of camouflage on the inside.

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This indicates that Mercedes-Benz may be upgrading the S-Class’ Comand infotainment system to take it one step beyond the recently introduced E-Class.

Possible changes include larger or rearranged screens for the dashboard and instrument panel, revised controls in the centre stack, gesture sensing mechanisms, and more driving aids.

A power bump could also be on the cards for the S63 – possibly even to the extent of dropping its 5.5-litre turbo V8 in favour of the new 4.0-litre unit making its way across the AMG line-up.

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That engine is expected to deliver upwards of 445kW in the upcoming new-generation AMG E63 S, which could mean even bigger numbers for the S63.

Given that the current-generation S-Class made its debut in 2013, its replacement is likely due around 2019, meaning that the facelift glimpsed here could debut later this year or very early in 2017.

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