by Adrian-Liviu Dorofte

PREVIEW: New S-Class gets illustrated by Autobild + fresh scoops of the W 222 generation

Information is that Mercedes-Benz took the decision to prolong the development phase of the future S-Class generation. Initially reported to make its global premiere at the Mondial de l'Automobile salon in Paris this autumn, the luxury flagship under the Three-Pointed Star brand will eventually be showcased on the stage of the Geneva Motor Show in March 2013. Detroit Motor Show in January next year seems very unlikely, as that event was already booked by the new E-Class facelift series (W 212), an important model that would face the situation of being "ripped off" the desired attention by the bigger S. In the mean time, testing for this model continues undetered in various locations all over the world.

Mercedes-Benz last debuted the S-Class at Geneva almost 20 years ago, when the W 140 generation got released, a car that caused a stir in the automotive industry and soon became global trendsetting leader in the luxury segment. Nonetheless, the 2013 S-Class is already being entitled a revolution among the reputed car journalists. Not only will it mark the launch of a new, progressive, anti-wedge, clearly defined and structured styling language for the Stuttgart-based constructor, but it will also highlight the introduction of visionary, ultra-futuristic equipments such as the Beltbag, the Braking Bag, the all new full LED Intelligent Light System, the MAGIC RIDE CONTROL radar-scan system, the MAGIC BODY CONTROL, the Autonomous Driving Pilot, the accident-mitigating technology, the enhanced 360-degree, all-round supervising camera, the new generations of DISTRONIC PLUS and Night Vision Assist, the @yourCOMAND integrated telematics and many more.

Moreover, Mercedes-Benz shall also debut a complete lineup of new engines, both diesel and gasoline, that were specifically engineered for maximum performance and functioning efficiency. From the bottom-line S 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY with over 204 hp and up to the range-topping, V8-powered S 500 with 450 hp or more, every powerplant choice will be new, according to internal sources. For the U.S. market and later on for Europe as well, the German carmaker will also launch the frugal BLUETEC units and the S 450 variant with over 360 hp. The S 400 HYBRID will also be retained and become more efficient and powerful. Another long-awaited variant is the S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID which is slated to come late 2014 and feature a V6 petrol engine and an electric motor, boasting a combined power of over 400 hp. Both traditional, high-end AMG versions will also be offered starting late 2013 or early 2014: the V8 S 63 AMG with around 560 hp and the V12 S 65 AMG with 630 hp. If this is not enough, the exquisite S 600 V12 will see the light of day through 2015, as Mercedes-Benz will develop its brand new 12-cylinder powerplant, sporting over 550 hp, in cooperation with AMG. An all-electric S-Class seems unprobable at the moment, but the partnership with Tesla means such model could spawn some time in the long-term future.

Speaking of the exterior design, the new S-Class will gain an imposing stance and more coherence thanks to the bold styling philosophy which beautifully combines key visual elements from the Ocean Drive Concept (the solid, muscular shoulders and the clean, athletic profile), the F 700 research vehicle (the round, softened, more upright and wider chromed radiator grille and the elegant back end tail lights) and the F 800 Style prototype (inspiration for the design of front apron).

You can also find a comprehensive archive of information, spy photos and illustrations regarding the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class (W 222) in our dedicated page. Enjoy!

Image Credits: Autobild / WorldCarFans / Motor Authority / Autoevolution /

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