Even though the sedan’s glory days are long gone, a new S-Class remains a big deal when it comes to innovative features. Judging by what Mercedes has revealed so far, the W223 will be no exception, although the exterior design is more identical. Ahead of its official premiere on September 2, the full-size luxury sedan was spied on the streets of Germany without much camouflage.
Only the areas around the headlights and taillights are disguised, as well as the Mercedes three-spoke star on the front and rear. If the prototype looks familiar enough, it’s because another test vehicle (see the gallery at the end) was spotted by our spies about a month ago, but with two changes. Although the two-tone alloy rims on this S-Class are nothing out of the ordinary, we do note that the car had traditional door handles.
These nifty electronic pop-out grips will be an optional feature and help Mercedes’ flagship car boast an incredibly low drag coefficient of just 0.22. The covered areas aren’t such a big secret as the Daimler brand revealed the entire front fascia towards the end of May in a teaser photo. As for the rear, it was caught up in full exposure earlier that same month, showing wide taillights similar to those of the CLS and with a chrome bar spanning the full width of the rear.
It only remains for Mercedes to remove the very little camouflage that this prototype still had and show off the all-new S-Class in its entirety. It will happen in exactly two weeks from today, but we hope to hear more about the W223 in the coming days. The generational change should mean the end of the two-door models since the S range will likely switch to the sedan only by not renewing the coupe and convertible.
We are curious whether the interior that divides opinion will have a positive or negative impact on sales. Prepare to see it in more cars since the electric EQS scheduled for 2021 will have much of the same arrangement. The next-gen C-Class has recently been spotted in wagon flavor with a somewhat similar center console layout, suggesting that lower Mercedes models will adopt the heavily reworked dashboard as well.