The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Production Cars 17 May 2013
The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class model (codenamed W222) features many technological innovations and a dynamic design influenced by the new CLS, E-class and CLA.


Compared to the outgoing model, the new S-Class is characterized by a more dynamic look, following the formal language adopted by Mercedes-Benz in the last years.

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class - Design Sketch

The distinctive flared wheel-arches of the W221 have been abandoned, and now the side panels feature a sculptural treatment with tight arched lines defining an interplay of convex and concave surfaces, similar to those on the CLS and the recent E-Class and CLA.

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class - Design Sketch

From these models the new S-Class also borrows a new, coupé-like silhouette and the slightly slanting rear end.

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

These new shapes also contribute to the remarkable Cd drag coefficient of just 0.24 (0.323 for the S 300 BlueTEC HYBRID).

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

The dimensions have been slightly increased, and feature a total length of 5,116 mm (+37 mm), a width of 1,899 mm (+27mm) and a height of 1,496 mm(+23 mm), while the wheelbase has remained unchanged at 3,035/3,165 mm (standard/LWB versions).

The new S-Class integrates an array of active safety features and semi-autonomous driving systems, including the DISTRONIC PLUS adaptive cruise control with Steering Assist and Stop&Go Pilot, the BAS PLUS braking assistance system with Cross-Traffic Assist, the Active Lane Keeping Assist and the Traffic Sign Assist which can recognize some traffic signs indicating for example one-way directions or speed limits.

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class - Interior Design Sketch

The interior was developed for the first time with a focus on the long-wheelbase model, with the short-wheelbase version derived from it.

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Interior

The long list of equipment includes among the other “executive” reclining rear seats with massage function.

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Interior

The advanced infotainment system integrates radio, TV, internet, navigation, DVD player and USB-connected devices with independent multi-user access through the 12.3-inch touch screens.

The new S-Class goes on sale from September 2013. The prices will range from 80K Euros for the S 350 BlueTEC Diesel (Standard wheelbase) to 108K Euros for the S500 (Long wheelbase).

Below we report some exterior design details from the official press release. Also check the full gallery of photos and sketches.

Exterior Design

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class - Design Sketches

The front end has a new radiator grille which is larger, upright and distinctly three-dimensional in design.

The four louvres taper outwards and do not touch the chrome frame. Instead of diamond-shaped perforations, the lower air intake now features tiny louvres in high-gloss black, which follow the shape of the grille. The front-end design is completed by a chrome strip on the lower part of the bumper.

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-ClassThe headlamps have clearly defined contours. In the case of the dynamic LED High Performance headlamps with Intelligent Light System (optional), the indicators, side lights and daytime running lamps are arranged behind the lens so that the brand’s hallmark “torch” is immediately recognisable both day and night. The Mercedes-Benz lettering in the headlamp is illuminated.

A character line descending discreetly from front to rear – the brand’s hallmark “Dropping Line” – elegantly structures the side wall and generates additional dynamism even when the car is at a standstill.

The subtly created convex-concave effect of the entire flank gives rise to an extremely powerful and elongated car body that demonstrates both excitement and calm. The pronounced shoulder above the rear wheel adds further emphasis to the car’s athletic character.

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-ClassThe overall composition is accentuated by elegantly designed chrome trim strips, notably the trim strip on the rear door frame, which widens rearwards in one piece.

The likewise three-dimensional trim strip at the bottom sits deeper and establishes a visual link with the doors’ functional gap.

Consequently the sheet metal remains untouched, and an eye-catching design feature is created. The chrome strip has a plastic support element at the bottom to protect against stone chipping.

The extravagantly sculpted surfaces and lines of the side wall flow into the rear end. As well as being elegant, the slightly slanting form has aerodynamic advantages.

Horizontal lines running from the boot lid to the bumper emphasise the car’s width when viewed from the rear. The hallmark signature of the Mercedes Benz designers can also be seen in the rear windscreen, which cuts into the C-pillars. The upper area of the glass is rounded to give it a coupé-like character. The three-dimensional chrome insert on the boot lid adds a new dimension in high-quality design.

The real highlights are the new-style tail lights which are completely encased by the car body and, thanks to this solitarily integrated styling, complete the design right down to the last detail. Their meticulously crafted inner workings reflect the current state of the art.

Featuring three horizontally arranged fibre-optic cables, the design echoes the hallmark Mercedes meander and so ties in seamlessly with the long line of predecessor models.

The combination of attention to detail with exacting technical requirements is apparent in both the night and the day design. The rear fog lamp is housed in the centre of the bumper, while the reflectors are elegantly integrated on the left and right sides.

(Source: Mercedes-Benz)

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