A single leaked image has given us the first official look at the exterior of the Mercedes Benz S-Class. The range-topping sedan will be fully unveiled in just a couple of weeks at a private event held in Germany.
Production of the flagship sedan will begin in August for a global launch sometime in September. The entry-level S-Class will be quickly followed up by the new S550 4Matic in October and the S63 AMG 4Matic in November of this year. The AMG variant is likely to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
The “Aesthetics S” body structure, including the front end and roof, will be sculpted partly from aluminum and will be offered in three new paint colors: Diamond Silver, Ruby Black and Anthracite Blue.
Inside, the new S-Class will feature two 12.3-inch displays – one in place the instrument cluster and the other used as the primary display for the onboard COMAND infotainment system. An Audi MMI-like touchpad will reportedly make its way into the cabin for the first time.
Customers will be able to choose any number of leather and real wood finishes inside the S-Class including Burl Walnut, Myrtle Sunburst, Black Popular and “Metalized Ash.” Additionally, Mercedes has created a new air filtration system called “Air Balance Package.” This cabin air purification system filters, ionizes, and dispenses perfume to keep occupants as relaxed as possible.
The new nine-speed sequential automatic gearbox that will be fitted to the new S-Class is called is 9G-Tronic. The nine-speed box was developed as a successor to the existing seven-speed unit. It is said to greatly improve the car's fuel efficiency and to help give it a smooth and quiet ride. The gearbox will be mounted longitudinally under the S-Class. It will be adaptable to just about every kind of drivetrain ranging from an entry-level turbo diesel mill to a powerful gasoline engine. It will be used in both rear- and all-wheel drive models and even the hybrid variant is expected to be equipped with it. After debuting in the S-Class, the nine-speed gearbox will likely trickle down to other members of the Mercedes-Benz lineup.
The coupe will replace the current CL-Class, which might be rebadged S-Class Coupe. The limousine will channel the automaker's 600 Pullman of the 1960s and '70s and it will take the place of the defunct Maybach brand.