This, ladies and gentlemen, is the facelifted Mercedes S-Class that will arrive next year as a 2018 model. And as you can see from these spy shots, it will be almost indiscernible from the current car.

The changes are extremely subtle all around, with a focus on updated headlights and taillights. The daytime running lights will be replaced by multiple strips of LEDs rather than the single one that’s presently on the S-Class. The taillights have also been changed but only marginally so; as is evident from the shot of the prototype next to the car on sale now.

The notable changes, however, will be the introduction of Mercedes’ new Multibeam LED Matrix technology and possibly gesture control in the upcoming S-Class.

The biggest alterations, meanwhile, are expected in the powertrain department where the company’s new line-up of engines will be offered. Most prominently, the inline six-cylinder unit with a 48-volt mild hybrid system. The engine will make its debut in the S-Class and will eventually be offered with the updated E-Class some time in 2019.