Call me crazy but I think the S-Class is currently the best looking vehicle the three pointed star has on offer. I mean besides the CLS and the facelifted E-Class, the range from Mercedes all look pretty similar don’t you think?
The S-Class is what I think a Mercedes should be - long, elegant and simple. It demands respect and its wide, bulky stance on the road means business. And unlike the 7 Series or the A8, the S-Class exudes a distinctive character and charisma that the others in its class do not possess.
The S-Class has always been a benchmark in the full-size luxury sedan segment with arch rivals, BMW and more recently Audi and Lexus. With the W222 S-Class, Mercedes aims to up its game further. We already have an idea on what the interior will look like
, but more recently the whole car was snapped by automotive paparazzi roaming around.
Unlike the E-Class or CLS-Class, which had a total design refresh (and looks ugly), it seems Mercedes has gone for a refined design approach with the forthcoming S-Class.
The front headlamps sport a reworked design from the ones used in the A-Class or CLA, but it retains the convex-concave design.
The grille looks thick and meaty but still elegant and is it just me or is the rear end just a revised design from the SLK-Class with a little Bentley Mulsanne influence? I guess it does work better than the Maybach inspired design of the predecessor.
Overall the car's design is clean despite the tall hood blades and the parallel stripes on the profile. It looks better than the current 7 Series and A8 to be honest - and with the revealed interior shots - perhaps well furnished too.
Though this does not look like an AMG model, its sporty looks make me wonder if this is an AMG Sport version.
Mercedes is planning to expand the S-Class range to seven different body styles, including the Coupe that will replace the current CL-Class, and a convertible edition on top of an extended wheelbase edition. I'm pretty sure a security and a Pullman edition is in the works too.
I wonder what the last body style be - a shooting brake perhaps?
The world premiere of the new S-Class is scheduled to take place on May 15 this year with sales to follow later on.
Picture credit: BMW Blog, Autoblog
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