The benchmark from which all other full-size luxury sedans are judged, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class was expected to debut at a special reception on May 15. But, it appears, that party got spoiled a little early.
Spotted on the streets of Germany for what looks to be a photo shoot, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class has exposed its sheetmetal to the world, looking decidedly more staid than the current car. Noticeably, the curved wheel arches are gone in favor of a small, flat lip around each wheel, looking a bit like a blown up, toned down, and smoothed out CLS-Class. Its trunk slopes down like the CLS’s, too, and it has a two converging character lines running alongside, much like those seen on the CLS and smaller CLA. While not as dramatic as the outgoing car, maybe that’s a good thing with the Occupy movement still alive and well in a financially downtrodden Europe.
For the U.S., the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is expected to retain its turbocharged V-8 and V-12 engines, as well as its hybrid and diesel options. With competitors bringing six-cylinder models back to the U.S., too, we wouldn’t be surprised if Mercedes follows suit.
For the past two generations, the U.S. has exclusively gotten the long-wheelbase version of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. We can’t speculate as to whether this trend will continue, but we do know that Mercedes will introduce coupe and convertible versions of the S-Class in addition to a limousine-like Pullman model to fill the void left by the defunct Maybach brand. The 2013 S-Class tops out at just under $220,000 in S65 AMG guise, and we expect the next S-Class to go even further into the stratosphere.
Our sister publication, Motor Trend, has full details on the car’s interior, which are as impressive as you’d think they’d be. Enjoy the photo gallery below.