Prototypes of the next-generation Mercedes Benz S-Class have been seen testing for nearly a year now. Since the current model was introduced in 2014, the new one is expected to be launched in 2019 and hit showrooms in 2020 as a 2021 model. With the W222 hailed as one of the best S-Class models ever, and spawning successful Maybach and Pullman variants, the upcoming version has a lot to live up to. Hence, the Stuttgart carmaker isn’t going to rush through the development process and will make sure that it is honed to perfection before launch.

This week, our spy snapper spotted one winter testing in Scandinavia. As you can see, it is still wearing heavy camouflage, suggesting some significant changes to the sheet metal. These might include pop out door handles like the ones previewed by the Maybach Vision Ultimate Luxury concept, as hinted by the extra cladding around the doors.

The overall dimensions seem to be similar to the current model, but the bonnet looks a bit longer and the track wider. It’s also likely that the wheelbase will be stretched a bit to free up more room inside.

The new S-Class will be underpinned by an updated version of the MRA platform, specifically designed for rear-wheel models. As for powertrains, some form of electrification will be present across the range, and Level 3 autonomous driving capabilities could be incorporated. Going by the current trend in the industry, there could well be an al-electric version too, possibly dubbed the EQS.

The reveal could be at next year’s Frankfurt show. Until then, watch this space for development updates. 


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