by Adrian-Liviu Dorofte

SPY: The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class XL (X 222) spotted for first time

Alongside the S-Class SWB (W 222) and LWB (V 222) which make their official world debut this year in May, Mercedes-Benz is also planning to reveal an extra long wheelbase model (XL), codenamed X 222 and based on the new S-Class, scheduled to premiere in around a year from now.

The Germans have already began testing their super-sized S-Class in Sweden alongside regular versions. The first spy pics were recently captured by photographers deployed in the area. The rear doors are visibly longer than on standard version seen so far, as is the wider B-pillar.

All in all, the future S-Class XL has an additional 30-40 centimeters over the LWB model, which means around 5.6 - 5.7 meters. It is important to mention this is not the anticipated S 600 Pullman variant, but the replacement for the former Maybach 57 model.

The ultra high-end luxury saloon on the underpinnings of the S-Class and destined to fill the gap left open by the Maybach 62 will arrive around the end of 2016 and will feature a distinctive styling, Guard security equipment, MRA rear-wheel-drive platform and a brand new V12 unit engineered by Mercedes-AMG.

Sticking to the S-Class XL, it will be available with only certain range-topping variants, such as the S 350, S 500 and the future S 600 V12 coming in late 2014 or early 2015. In addition, upon clients' request, the X 222 will also be optionally equipped with the all-wheel-drive 4MATIC traction system for better road performance and overall safety.

We expect the price for purchasing the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class XL to exceed 100,000 euros in Europe. With extra equipment, the final tag could indicate almost 200,000 euros. Clearly, not a car for the masses, but for the wealthy businessmen (and women) in Europe (especially Germany, United Kingdom and Russia) and Asia (China and the Middle East's Arab "petrol" countries).

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