Mercedes’ teaser campaign for the new S-Class is in full swing, but that doesn’t stop us from sharing additional spy photos of the full-size premium sedan with our audience. The Sindelfingen luxobarge was spotted up close and personally tested with less camouflage than ever to reveal more details of final design.
The more elegant headlights and the retractable door handles are the biggest novelties at first glance, but we notice additional changes compared to the outgoing S-Class. Located just below the waistline, the upper character line now extends from front to back to create a visual connection between the headlights and taillights. The electronic handles have been moved slightly lower on the doors, while the lower character line is flatter compared to the W222.
Similar clues include the greenhouse and the generous rear overhang of what appears to be the S-Class standard wheelbase. Mercedes has already confirmed that there will be an LWB model with the extra long derivative of Maybach, which should remain the only S model to offer the V12, now with AWD. We have the impression that the silver car is a high-end level of finish judging by the larger wheels and the silver exhaust finishes.
Speaking of the rear, the most significant change by far will be the switch from vertical to horizontal rear lights extending over the trunk lid. You can actually see the reversing lights peeking through the camouflage on the trunk, signaling that the new S-Class W223 will follow recent sedans bearing the three-pointed star. The trunk apparently has a wider opening at the bottom than before, which should make loading and unloading of the cargo space easier.
Mercedes didn’t bother to cover the interior, as it practically revealed it last week in a full overview of the heavy sedan’s dashboard. The two prototypes of the rival BMW 7 Series seem almost ready to hit the assembly line, and if we were to fumble, we hoped for better integration of the radar sensor and the camera on the grille. They protrude too much and interfere with an otherwise clean design.
Additional parts of the S-Class puzzle will be put in place on July 29, when Mercedes will say more about the comfort and safety features of its revised flagship. On August 12, the interior – beyond its maximum five screens – will be detailed in the preparation of a full official revelation scheduled for September.
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