First video: Next generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class, spied during tests

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The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class was caught during pre-production tests. The model will be presented during the next year, most likely in Paris, and the Germans propose aesthetic changes, improved engines and level 3 autonomous driving technologies.

Outside, despite the heavy camouflage, the new S-Class features familiar styling thanks to the classic proportions with the short overhangs, the slightly sloping trunk lid and the long bonnet. Of course, because of the camouflage, the prototype cannot yet fully reflect the final design.

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. 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.

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Later in the life cycle, an all-electric version should roll off the production line as an EQ model, built at the Sindelfingen plant and based on the bespoke MEA architecture.

Another premiere for the Mercedes S-Class will be its availability in hybrid guise only in tandem with the latest 3.0-liter and 2.9-liter straight-six gasoline or diesel engines and a 48-volt electrical system. The all-electric driving ranges is expected to as high as 62 miles (100 km).