2015 Mercedes-Benz S Class Pullman spy shots
The new S Class, which is tipped to be revealed this May, goes on sale in the U.S. in the fall as a 2014 model and eventually will offer up five different bodystyles including this Pullman limousine.
The 2014 model year sees the launch of the regular sedan as well as a long-wheelbase model that we get standard in the U.S. By 2015, we should see a new S Class Coupe launched as the replacement for the current CL Class, and around the same time a new S Class Cabriolet will be launched in addition to this S Class Pullman.
The Pullman name originates from the luxurious railway carriages from early last century that were built by America’s Pullman Company. They were overtly luxurious and often featured quarters for sleeping and fine dining.
Mercedes has offered Pullman versions of its S Class in the past, though these were always specialty models built to order and came with full-length, three-box passenger compartments (see photo below). The latest version is expected to be built in much higher volumes as it will serve as the replacement for the ill-fated Maybach 57 and Maybach 62 sedans.
As the spy shots reveal, the S Class Pullman will feature extra wide B-pillars and longer rear doors. The extra length will primarily be used to offer more legroom in the rear, though perhaps we’ll also see extra space in the trunk. This prototype is said to be around 8 inches longer than the long-wheelbase S Class.
The car will be aimed at both limousine hire companies as well as rich businessmen. The model is expected to be especially popular in China where it’s common for well-heeled individuals to have their own personal driver.
To help differentiate the S Class Pullman from its more plebeian cousins, expect unique styling treatments on the lights, wheels and possibly even the grille.
The range-topping trim should be an S600 Pullman, complete with a twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-12 engine. A V-8 option should also be offered, and possibly even a plug-in hybrid. Don't expect an AMG badge on this vehicle.
Along with powerful engines, the new S Class Pullman will also benefit from all the technology of the W222-series S Class. This will include the Steer Assist autonomous system, as well as Pre-Safe accident avoidance and harm minimization features, driver weariness monitoring, and the latest COMAND interface.
As for pricing, you can bet it will be the most expensive model in the new S Class range, though don’t expect its sticker to fall anywhere near the $379,050 starting price of the final Maybach 57. A figure of around $200k is likely.
Key rivals will be the new 2014 Bentley Flying Spur and Rolls-Royce Ghost.
Stay tuned for updates as the development of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S Class Pullman continues, and look for a debut around spring of 2014.
2009 Mercedes-Benz S600 PullmanEnlarge Photo