The next-generation Mercedes S-Class has been leaked in a flurry of new images posted across social media, revealing nearly all that is new inside and out on the brand’s next flagship saloon.
Spied numerous times and expected to be revealed towards the end of 2020, the next S-Class will be a near revolutionary step for the marque’s limousine lineage with a strong exterior redesign, a complete overhaul inside, and the widespread adoption of electrified powertrains.
Based on these new images, the car’s look from the outside will be more an evolutionary step using some design cues already established on some of the brand’s more recent models. The overall profile of the saloon, its size and shape won’t change too much, while the front end is altered with what looks like a more flat-faced nose and smaller headlights flanking a new look grille.
Moving around the back, the most obvious change is the adoption of the ‘gumdrop’ shaped tail lights introduced on the A-Class, and subsequently pushed out across the line-up.
Inside, there’s a complete overhaul with an entirely new cockpit. The design changes with the introduction of a large, flat, two-tiered dashboard with two flat panes spanning the car’s width. Four square vents reminiscent of the climate vents on the GLS SUV sit at the top and in the centre, while the lower pane gets new vertical vents positioned in each corner.
A huge, Tesla-like portrait infotainment display sweeps up from the centre console, a new digital instrument panel sits behind the steering wheel – taken from the facelifted E-Class. There’s also a large well behind the instrument display, suggesting that the new S-Class will feature a highly detailed and advanced head-up display system as yet unseen anywhere else in the Mercedes line-up.
As ever, the S-Class will be the firm’s technological flagship; an array of new driver convenience tech, as well as Mercedes’s latest range of electrified drivetrains and infotainment systems will appear. Recent spy shots have also confirmed new pop-out door handles.
It’s likely that the S-Class’ powertrain line-up will comprise entirely of electrified options, comprising a mix of updated six-cylinder diesel and petrol options – some with 48-volt or plug-in hybrid assistance. Higher-powered V8 and V12 engines are also possible.
Mercedes has already confirmed that the S-Class will be produced at its new ‘Factory 56’ facility; a new location where the firm’s future luxury models will be constructed.
An all-electric stablemate is in the offing and will be produced from the end of next year. The EQS, like other Mercedes EQ models, will be an all-electric interpretation of the combustion powered car with some similarities in design but purposefully marketed as a flagship model for the EQ electric car line-up, and capable of up to 310 miles on a single charge.