The Mercedes line has expanded significantly in recent years in all segments of the market, but the S-Class will forever remain the undisputed flagship. The grandly styled EQS will complement Daimler's luxury to signal the wave of the future in terms of electrification, and both will coexist peacefully in the huge range of three-pointed stars. EQS will undoubtedly be more interesting visually, as spy shots suggested, but today we are here to talk about the traditional S-Class.
Keeping the classic sedan shape, the W223 was shot by Carspotter Jeroen orbiting the Nürburgring, where the test driver pressed the next S-Class to its limits through numerous corners of the challenging track. Hiding under the unusually thick camouflage of the doors is probably the pop-up handles we've already seen in the Maybach version, which will be more than simple to show, as a smoother side profile will increase the aerodynamic efficiency of the car to reduce fuel consumption and emissions .
Styling remains somewhat of a mystery because of its extensive camouflage, but the headlights follow the latest Mercedes design language seen at the Liberal Strategies Center. Rear, visibly wider taillights extend to the rear door to give the S-Class more road presence than it needs. Seeing the Mercedes crown jewel disappearing into Green Hell makes us think of future sports derivatives of the big sedan, but a reality check abruptly ends our dreams of the S65 as the V12 comes to an end. In other words, AMG's S-Class offerings will stand out with the S63.
Neighboring frames don't matter when it comes to the interior of the S-Class, but previous spy shots have revealed that there will be some huge changes so far, such as the dashboard layout. Speaking of huge things, the touchscreen will be much larger and adopt a portrait-oriented layout, as visualized by the aforementioned EQS in conceptual form.
2021 Mercedes S-Class prototype
2019 Mercedes Vision EQS concept
Mercedes did not say a word about technical specs of its refreshed range of tops, but promised to provide some details about the new S in the coming months. Full disclosure is scheduled to take place sometime in 2020, when the full-size luxury sedan will go into production at the new Daimler Factory 56 assembly plant in Sindelfingen, Germany, reserved for larger and more expensive models.