2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Revealed In New Spy Shots

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UPDATE: The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S Class has been revealed. Click here for all the details.

Mercedes-Benz’s next-generation S Class, the W222, is set for its official debut next month, and with the reveal so soon it appears Mercedes’ engineers have become a bit lax with the amount of camouflage gear they use on the last of the prototypes.

This latest example, spotted just outside Germany’s Nürburgring, is wearing the least amount of camouflage we’ve seen yet, virtually revealing most of the new car’s details.

2014 Mercedes-Benz S Class spy shots

2014 Mercedes-Benz S Class spy shots

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We can clearly see new LED daytime running lights and indicators, which on the new S Class appear to be at the top of the headlight. The grille is also completely revealed and appears much larger than the unit on the outgoing car.

Mercedes-Benz has already given us a preview of its new S Class’ interior, revealing a blend of modern and traditional elements. The most striking feature in the cabin is the new twin-spoke steering wheel design.

Set to land in showrooms later this year as a 2014 model, the new S Class will continue the flagship sedan’s tradition of debuting the latest in automotive technology. However, it will also break with tradition by offering for the first time new coupe, convertible and extra-long Pullman variants, the latter replacing the discontinued Maybach line.

2014 Mercedes-Benz S Class spy shots

2014 Mercedes-Benz S Class spy shots

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This will also be the first production model in history to feature fully autonomous control. We were recently able to test the new S Class’ autonomous system and found it to be very impressive. The aim of the technology, Mercedes says, is accident-free driving, which it hopes will become a reality within the next decade.

Other new technologies include active brakes with cross traffic monitoring, rear accident injury minimization and new lane keep technology that can read broken as well as solid lines. The car will also be the first with LEDs used entirely, including even in the vanity mirrors.

The new S Class looks to be slightly longer than the outgoing model and should come packed with a range of fuel efficient engines as well as a new plug-in hybrid option, though this latter option is unlikely to be available at launch.

2014 Mercedes-Benz S Class interior

2014 Mercedes-Benz S Class interior

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While it's still too early to confirm any details, R&D boss Dr. Thomas Weber has previously stated that a series of direct-injected and turbocharged engines will make up the powertrain lineup for the redesigned car, which means you can expect a similar lineup to what’s currently on offer.

The new S550 should come with a 429-horsepower twin-turbo V-8, while the S600 should pick up a new iteration of the automaker’s twin-turbo V-12 with around 510 horsepower on tap. The eventual S63 AMG model will get a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 with around 550 horsepower to play with.

2014 Mercedes-Benz S Class spy shots

2014 Mercedes-Benz S Class spy shots

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Weber has also previously revealed that the plug-in hybrid powertrain from the 2009 Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid Concept will also appear in the W222 series S Class. The technology promises 0-60 mph times of less than 6.0 seconds but with fuel economy of 70 mpg or better.

As for the car’ styling, Mercedes is going with a more timeless look that some may find a bit conservative. The sweeping curves seen on its flanks, first previewed on Mercedes’ Aesthetics S sculpture, were designed to mimic the curves on iconic Mercedes models like the 540K.

As mentioned, expect a reveal of the new 2014 Mercedes-Benz S Class next month, with sales to start in the second half of the year.

While you wait for its arrival, be sure to view our exclusive spy video of an earlier prototype at the Nürburgring.


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Comments (19)
  1. WTF? I thought the Next-Gen S-class will look like the F700 Concept! This looks like the current face-lifted one! Why Mercedes? I hope this is just the VERY VERY heavily disguised S-class! PLEASE PLEASE Redesign it, Because Mercedes-benz MUST RISE AGAIN!

  2. @Seylan, relax. This is a "TEST MULE", essentially the new car running gear hidden beneath the sheet metal of the current car. Did you even read the story?

  3. Hello,

    Sounds like you know what's going on.

    I'm interested in buying a new 2012 550 AMG.
    Is there anything I should know that you think is important that is not readily known?

    I came to this page because I think that the value of 'my car' will drop if the 2013 is way different.

    As it is today, I love the look and all that it puts out.
    I'll take it for a spin the day of the closing.

    I do not NEED to drive it in order to know that I want it.


    Warren Currier

  4. I will be sad to see the V-12 disappear was a great engine.

  5. It may eventually disappear, but just not yet!
    "while the S600 should pick up a new iteration of the automaker’s twin-turbo V-12 with around 510 horsepower on tap."

  6. Hey there, appreciate the heads up a lot, I am a big fan!!
    Chris Harris

  7. I cannot wait to see it all done. I really liked the previous design and would agree with northstar engine, so it will be interesting to see what they come up with.
    I do however hope they fix the placement of the LED daytime lights. The ones on the S class now, look out of place.

  8. The present S-Class is certainly the best looking car on the road today, besides the RR Phantom! I hope they design the new model to be much bigger and more aggressive. The way Mercedes designers are going, its safe for Mercedes fans.

  9. When would this new S-Class be available to consumers - October 2011, or October 2012?

  10. @Consul, as the article states: "late 2012". Did you even read it?

  11. I think Mercedes Benz S-Class will best fleet for livery cab or limousine. I think Hello S-Class and goodbye Lincoln Town Car. it is more nice design generations. I think German car is better than American car.

  12. In my opinion: There is NO CONTEST between the S Class and a Town Car!!

    I agree with you about the Limo status.

    Ultimately, sorry to say.... there will be more poor people and more rich people.... and you will see the rich opting to be in the back seat of an S550.

  13. Please Mbenz , please dont make it look like the f700,
    it looks like a funny frog please dont do it .
    Go for the ocean drive look instead, i suggest.
    Also we want a more complex interior.the previous generation had a better interior than the 2006 gen.

  14. I wonder how well it hustles around the track? All the body weight has to tax those tires.

  15. i think it will be ok...thye seem to have pushed the wheels out to the corners which means you wil lhave a balanced distribution of weight for the car.

  16. This is how C-Class will look like.

  17. What is going on with that front grille. It's all guy smiley haha

  18. Yep, the grille on that thing looks whack. I'm worried this car will be a letdown. I was really looking forward to an avantgarde design. This looks bloated and awkward.

  19. I love it

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