2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Pullman spy shots
These are the latest spy shots of the extra-long ‘Pullman’ version of the latest-generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class
. Up to six different S-Class variants will eventually be launched, including this Pullman limousine, which we’re expecting on the market next year as a 2015 model.
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.CLICK HERE FOR OUR 2014 S-CLASS FIRST DRIVE
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 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 longer rear doors and an additional window positioned on the trailing edge of the rear door. The extra length, believed to be an additional eight inches, will primarily be used to offer more legroom in the rear and may even accommodate a six-seat configuration consisting of a pair of rear-facing seats.
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 455-horsepower V-8 should be offered in an S550 model and a hybrid model
should also be launched. 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 2014 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 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. Other S-Class variants still in the works include an S-Class Coupe
that will replace the current CL-Class and a new S-Class Cabriolet
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