Viewed from any angle, the new 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class (W222) certainly looks like a path-breaking luxurious vehicle. This vehicle, to be unveiled at about 23:45 hours as per IST, will be shown in the Airbus A380 Delivery Centre at Hamburg, Germany. Several pictures of the new vehicle has been sprawling across the Internet with the latest one showing the vehicle parked inside a DHL airplane.
LED daytime running lights and indicators can be seen at the top of the new headlamp in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The front grille in the 2014 vehicle seems to be much larger than in the previous generation. In terms of dimensions, the new S-Class appears a little longer than the outgoing version. Conservative, sweeping curves seen on this vehicle mimic the design of the iconic Mercedes 540K. The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class will not be a single luxury sedan, but a series of sedans that will present various body styles.
On the inside, the vehicle gets a brand new twin-spoke multi-functional steering wheel, which is wrapped in high quality Nappa leather and has 12 buttons. This car will be the first production car ever to feature fully autonomous control. The aim of providing this technology is make driving accident free and Mercedes-Benz hopes this would become a reality by the coming decade. Apart from the above, active brakes with cross traffic monitoring, rear accident injury minimization and new lane keep technology would also be available in this ultra luxurious sedan. LEDs are being extensively used in the S-Class and this includes vanity mirrors as well.
Though no official details on the S-Class engines are available so far. While it's still too early to confirm any details, Research & Development (R&D) boss Thomas Weber had stated earlier that a several direct-injected and turbocharged engines will be provided in the new sedan. It is anticipated that the new S550 would be fitted with a twin-turbo V8 engine, generating a maximum power of 429 bhp. As against this, the S600 should get the company's new twin-turbo V12 behemoth, good for 510 bhp of power. The sporty S63 AMG version would be fitted with a twin-turbo 5.5 litre V8, pumping out 550 bhp to play with.
In addition, Weber had previously mentioned that the plug-in hybrid engine used in the 2009 Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid Concept would be seen in the W222 series S Class. With this engine, the car will take less than 6 seconds to accelerate from 0-100 kmph and providing a class-leading mileage of 29.76 kmpl.