by Adrian-Liviu Dorofte

SPY: The 2013 Mercedes-Benz S-Class (W 222) is a mindblowing appearance on streets

The S-Class is synonymous with automotive perfection. The premium limousine has been the all-time trendsetter in the luxury class: whether we talk about comfort, technology, safety or the upscale atmosphere, the S-Class symbolizes the epitome for a true representative car that always turn heads on the streets. This is the reason the engineers and all the personnel involved in the development of the all new W 222 generation of the S-Class have such a daring and complex task.

It is redundant to mention that the future S-Class will hold global supremacy among the high-luxury automobiles when it's launched this year during summer. The worldwide reveal is prone to happen in the beautiful city of Paris, at the French Mondial de l'Automobile 2012 starting late September. Testing phase has reached a very advanced stage, as these are the final months prior to the impatiently awaited unveiling.

When the curtains lift off, we will certainly witness an outstanding result no matter where we look - outside, inside or underneath. The new S-Class will be a competent fighter getting top marks in all disciplines. The progressive design the W 222 will display is the materialization of the styling seen on the F 700 research vehicle and Ocean Drive Concept. The interior will offer a futuristic experience thanks to the multitude of gadgets, telematics and assistance systems that help create a unique atmosphere.

The car will be packed full of clever technology and the ride will be more efficient with the help of a clean and powerful engine lineup consisting of I4, V6 and V8 gasoline and diesel (likely BlueTEC) units. For those who appreciate the alternative means of traction, Mercedes-Benz will offer the S 400 HYBRID ('mild') with over 300 hp and the all new S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID ('full') delivering around 415 hp. If you were wondering whether the range-topping S 600 version is gone forever, then we have some good news for you: a new V12 powerplant with over 550 hp is in the works at the moment and will be readied just in time for 2014 when the car is expected to be unleashed on roads. Last, but not least, come the well-known super limos from AMG: the S 63 AMG with 544 hp and the S 65 AMG with 630 hp.

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