A prototype of the all-new next-generation S-Class has been spotted.

The newbie, which should be available in 2020 as a 2021 model, will likely boast proportions to match the current W222 model however it looks like it will have a wider track. It also looks like the bonnet will be longer and lower to help give it a purposeful stance. The front fascia of the updated Benz will be significantly restyled. Expect revisions to the grille, the air intakes, and the bumper. The back will be all new too, with a reshaped diffuser, an updated bumper, and all-new taillights.

The current S-Class has been around since 2014 and has been a massive success for the Stuttgart carmaker. It just received its mid-cycle refresh and so it isn’t a surprise that news about this new all-new car is rather thin however we expect that it will feature a new platform, in this case Mercedes’ MRA design for rear-wheel-drive cars.

What we do know about the upcoming luxury saloon is that every powertrain will be electrified, either with mild-hybrid or plug-in hybrid technology. Also, most of the engines will either be a 3.0-litre inline-six or 4.0-litre V8.

Mercedes is planning to launch fully electric cars under its EQ sub-brand but whether or not that means we’ll get an S-Class in this guise remains to be seen but we won’t be surprised one shows up.

You can expect lots of advanced self-driving systems for the new car along with several body styles too and if there’s any truth in the rumours currently going around, the “SEC” moniker could return too.

 

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