The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S Class, which is scheduled to be unveiled in Germany on May 15, has reportedly been seen on European roads without anything to disguise it or pass it off as another vehicle.
The automotive press was hot on this report, with Motor Trend publishing several “spy photos” of the S Class, a vehicle that seems longer and more stylish than the present iteration. According to Mercedes officials, the 2014 S-Class was designed with a long wheelbase in mind before being scaled down to fit a more standard wheelbase. This should make the car more attractive in certain markets, including the United States and Asia, where the S Class is expected to be a big hit. Powertrain options are confirmed to include V6, V8 and V12 engines, although Motor Trend added that Mercedes could eschew these higher-power variants in favor of inline-six engines for the European market. Buyers looking for more economy have a couple more engine options, including a plug-in hybrid, to look forward to later in the year.
Buyers may also be interested in what’s inside the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S Class. Another report from Gotta Be Mobile focused on the S Class’ interior technology, and how it could further help the car stand out from the rest of the competition. The mBrace2 infotainment system will most probably come with support for the cloud, and is confirmed as early as now to support Google Maps. Additionally, this system would ideally support the upcoming Google Glass wearable augmented reality gadget, as well as the vaunted Google Now service. It’s all about Google on the new S Class, as Mercedes continues to build on its previous integration of Google services and features. In addition, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S Class will come with improved head lamps and tail lamps, enhanced night vision and maybe even the 360-degree camera technology found on the GL.