The all-new 2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class has been spied again and this time we also get the first ever glimpse of the lavish interior. FIRST SPY PICS via Carscoops.com.
You do not develop a new flagship within a few months and that is why the new generation of the S-Class is already being tested extensively in public.
The current generation of Mercedes’ S-Class was only put on the market in 2013, but the test work with the completely new generation is already in full swing. The new S-Class, which is expected on the market around 2020. Despite the heavy camouflage, the new S-Class is recognizable as such thanks to the classic proportions with the short overhangs, the slightly sloping trunk lid and the long bonnet. Of course, the prototype does not yet reflect the final design.
But, the cloth covering the interior has come off partially and this new set of spy pics can reveal the revised digital instruments, as well as the (high-set) rectangular central airvents. You can see the big speedometer display behind the steering wheel and right next to it are the air louvers. In this layout, however, there is no more room for another screen like in the current S-Class. A first indication of the possible cockpit design was the study Maybach Vision Ulimate Luxury. There are two large displays next to each other, but rather free floating without a scoop. The new Mercedes S-Class will clearly be based on this double-screen design.
In therms of size, the new Mercedes S-Class will be even larger in the new generation in order to offer passengers even more space. Accordingly, a lot of weight has to be saved: thanks to carbon and aluminum, the weight will drop significantly. Currently the model weighs about 2 tons. For the first time the S-Class will use the new rear-wheel drive platform MRA II, because the current model W222 is still based on a further development of the old W221 platform.
Little can be said about the possible engines. To reduce consumption, every drive will be electrified – as a mild hybrid or plug-in hybrid. Of course, a 48-volt electrical system will also be used. Later in the life cycle, an all-electric version should roll off the production line as an EQ model, built at the Sindelfingen plant.
Of course, Mercedes is trampling its new flagship with new, advanced technology. Do not just expect new turbo engines with six and eight cylinders, but also more extensive autonomous systems. Where the current S-class is able to go autonomously at level 2, its successor will undoubtedly go to (at least!) level 3.