- 2022 Mercedes-Benz and Mercedes-Maybach S-Class price and specs
- V8-powered Benz S580 L, V12-powered Maybach S680 to join range late in 2021
- Long wheelbases and equipment lists for flagship models
- Prices start from $329,900 before on-road costs
The 2022 Mercedes-Benz S-Class range will expand by the end of 2021 with the addition of two new, more potent flagship models: the Mercedes-Benz S580 L 4Matic, and the Mercedes-Maybach S680 4Matic.
Set for first local customer deliveries in the fourth quarter of 2021 (October to December inclusive), the long-wheelbase Mercedes-Benz S580 L 4Matic and Mercedes-Maybach S680 4Matic – priced from $329,900 and $565,800 before on-road costs respectively – join the six-cylinder S450 and S450 L variants that comprised launched locally with the new S-Class in March.
Powering the S580 L is a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged petrol V8, sending 370kW and 700Nm to all four wheels through a nine-speed torque-converter automatic transmission. A 48-volt mild-hybrid system (including an integrated starter-generator unit) can add up to 15kW/200Nm of electrical assistance under heavy load.
Equipment additions over the lesser S450 L 4Matic include nappa leather upholstery, insulated windows, Digital Light LED headlights (with 1.3 million micro-mirrors and 2.6 million pixels, which can project images onto the road), and adjustable air-chamber front seats with massaging.
Those features join carry-over items from the S450 including a 12.8-inch OLED central touchscreen, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, wireless smartphone mirroring, wireless charging, air suspension, power-closing doors, a 15-speaker Burmester 3D sound system, power-adjustable heated and cooled front seats, and dual-zone climate control.
Options on the S580 L include a 31-speaker Burmester 4D surround sound system, and E-Active Body Control active air suspension (with 48-volt anti-roll stabilisation).
Sitting atop the local S-Class line-up is the Mercedes-Maybach S680, branded under Mercedes' ultra-luxurious Maybach sub-brand.
Under the bonnet sits a 6.0-litre twin-turbocharged V12 petrol engine, routing 463kW and 900Nm to all four wheels through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Unlike the S450, S450 L and S580 L, the Maybach lacks a 48-volt mild-hybrid system.
The Maybach's additions focus on the rear seats, with a 180mm-longer wheelbase than long-wheelbase Mercedes-Benz models making space for power-operated Rear Comfort Doors, MBUX Interior Rear Assistant, 'exclusive' nappa leather in 'designo' style, high-pile floor mats, a unique seatbelt feeder design, and a centre-mounted rear tablet.
Also standard are Energizing Packs for front and rear passengers, plus the aforementioned Burmester 4D sound system, adaptive ambient front and rear lighting, warmed seats, armrest and centre console, a heated steering wheel adorned in polished woodgrain and nappa leather, unique interior trim inlays, and TV and DAB+ digital radio tuners.
There's also a revised exterior appearance with a Maybach-specific grille, 20-inch forged alloy wheels and a selection of available two-tone finishes, plus standard-fit rear-wheel steering which can turn the rear wheels by up to 10 degrees in either direction.
Above: Mercedes-Maybach S680 interior
Order books for the 2022 Mercedes-Benz S580 L 4Matic and Mercedes-Maybach S680 4Matic open in the third quarter of 2021 (July to September inclusive), ahead of first deliveries in the fourth quarter (October to December).
2021 Mercedes-Benz and Mercedes-Maybach S-Class Australian pricing
- Mercedes-Benz S450 4Matic – $240,700
- Mercedes-Benz S450 L 4Matic – $264,900
- Mercedes-Benz S580 L 4Matic – $329,900
- Mercedes-Maybach S680 4Matic – $565,800
Note: All prices exclude on-road costs.