The current Mercedes-Benz S-Class has been there since 2005, and though it got its fair share of refreshes, you know Mercedes can't afford to keep their flagship model dated.
Development of the new S-Class is just about nearing completion, and recently, a fully undisguised test mule has been photographed.
Design wise, it's not exactly a huge departure from the current model, but then again, the S-Class has always had more conservative styling than its competition. For this generation, there will also be an S-Class coupe and convertible version as well, which will replace the CL-Class in the line-up.
Expect powertrain options to be more or less the same as the current model's. Now though, with the demise of the Maybach brand, there will be an extended wheelbase version of the S-Class that will make its debut soon after the normal variants are unveiled. Of course, soon after launch, ther usual
Now, the interior of an S-Class is usually where the real action is, and being the next generation S-Class, you can pretty much guarentee it will be packing in all the latest in safety and entertainment technology.
While the new S-Class's interior looks similar to the outgoing model, rest assured, a lot has gone in to make sure it delivers only the finest luxury experience.
There will be a new mBrace2 cloud-based entertainment system inside powered by Burmester. There's also a new completely digital gauge cluster which is a first for the S-Class. On the safety front, there's airbags built into seat cushions and seatbelts themselves, to give you that much more protection!
A new thermotronic air conditioner system which also has active perfuming and air-balance to make sure your cabin always smells exactly how you want it.
At the rear, the seat back can be adjusted by up to 43 degrees for optimal comfort and the seats have a new massage system which feature 14 separate air cushions. Then there's the cold weather package which offers heated armrests and door panels apart from just the heated seats.
With features like these, don't expect the S-Class to come cheap though. The W222 Mercedes Benz S-Class should hit the roads in late 2013 in Europe and in India soon after that.
Photo credit: Chris Doane Automotive