The current Mercedes-Benz S-Class has grown a bit long-in-the-tooth, but a new model is expected to change that shortly. Slated to arrive for 2013, the next S-Class will return to the fray with some very powerful competition to measure itself against; namely the recently re-engineered Audi A8 and the always potent BMW 7-Series.

So how will Daimler intend to one-up its German brethren? A report by egmCarTech claims that one way to trump Audi and BMW may be through the use of exotic materials like silk and cashmere. Use of these high-end yet delicate touchpoints is still under consideration, as is the use of banana wood as a new veneer. Mercedes designers and engineers are reportedly working to make the materials strong enough to stand up to every day use, which is a good idea considering how demanding buyers can be when dropping $100k or more on a new sedan.

It's anyone's guess as to whether Mercedes-Benz will actually add silk and cashmere to the cabin of the next S-Class. If the world's oldest automaker does plan to use the materials, we're guessing the materials will be served up as costly options, possibly as part of the automaker's Designo individualization program.


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      mitchman06
      • 3 Years Ago
      The cabin of the S-Class has always been a beautiful place to spend time. It will now be even nicer, color me not to surprised.
      Rob
      • 3 Years Ago
      would only make sense as an option and I am sure MB will whack you hard for that combo. I tend to doubt it will be all that durable
      Hashiryu
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why does Autoblog conveniently leave out the Lexus LS as competition in this segment (yet conveniently touts Audi)? Hate them all you want but It sells more than any of them, and is just as good a luxobarge, if not better in many instances. That being said, I don't think silk will hold up well for the kind of use a car sees. it wont wear well.
        carfan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hashiryu
        lexus is NOT IN THIS SEGMENT...lexus is an entry level "luxury" car in the category of Buick, infiniti, and Acura, volvo Saab etc...Please don't confuse these two categories. You don't just walz into the luxury category just by deciding 15-20 years ago that you want to be there, just like the hyundai with their equus and so on! These companies have a history, tradition of luxury and high quality for a century or more. Cadillac for example will celebrate next year 100 years of existence, not a few years, like these "nouveau poseur" japanese brands.
          mikoprivat
          • 3 Years Ago
          @carfan
          tell them carfan, their mothers didn't teach them the difference between real class and "wanna be" class. Putting leather seats made in Vietnam or China into a car doesn't make them "luxury" cars. Personally I consider Volvo and Saab way above the asian "wanna bees"...but to each its own.
          Jac Zobel de Ayala
          • 3 Years Ago
          @carfan
          I personally consider Volvo and SAAB to be the car of choice for intellectual poseurs (i.e. professors and lesbians) living in and around the Tri-state area. I have more respect for impoverished yuppies (from teh same area) with their cheap ass 3 serieses.
          Jac Zobel de Ayala
          • 3 Years Ago
          @carfan
          You lost me with Cadillac.
          carfan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @carfan
          Erratum...Cadillac will be 110 years old next year.
        Hashiryu
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hashiryu
        You trolls can continue to think that, and bury your bigoted heads in the sand and scream no while you ignore reality. I'm sure you refuse to accept the that because of Lexus, MB and BMW are better today too. Turds.
          iimprezu
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Hashiryu
          Gonna go out on a limb here and guess you have a 1980s, rusted Hachi-Roku with drift stickers and stuffed animals tied to the bottom? Do you attend drift events and barge around in your mom's Lexus ES350? Please tell me I'm wrong!
        iimprezu
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hashiryu
        Because, Hashiryu, the LS though a fine car, looks like a super-sized Toyota Camry and is as involving in the driving department or as responsive as a bag of grapes left out in the sun. When your parent company makes the Echo and the Yaris, you can't really be taken seriously as companies which bring you Maybach, Rolls-Royce, or Bentley (Mercedes, BMW, Audi) Besides, when was the last time you saw a hero or villain in a movie drive a Lexus LS? Sorry, nobody's paying 100k+ for Japanese steel. It just doesn't work.
        Danny Eckel
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hashiryu
        Bc what is the percentage of people that cross shop a Lexus with a Benz? People that look at Mercedes look at BMW and Audi. People that look at the Lexus LS look at the Equus (which they are similar cars). Dont sit there and tell me a Loaded LS can compete with a loaded A8 it aint gone happen son.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hashiryu
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          mikoprivat
          • 3 Years Ago
          because they CAN'T...what normal German would buy the POS Lexus when they have the three big ones at their fingertips...are you not normal??
      Jill Levy
      • 3 Years Ago
      .I just paid $22.87 for an iPad2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $675 which only cost me $62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, BidsOut.com
      kcroc10077
      • 3 Years Ago
      Might work. Give me the Maserati Q over the S any day.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        brian
        • 3 Years Ago
        Nissan had a radar road sensing system like that on Maximas 30 years ago. Nothing new... ...IMO, S-Class WAS the best in the world - but there are many available now that are just as good if not better: A8, Quattroporte, 7 Series, Flying Spur, Ghost and XJ come to mind.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @brian
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      • 3 Years Ago
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        Hatzenbach
        • 3 Years Ago
        I've heared maybach will become their inhouse luxury tuning company. sth like amg, just for the luxury sector. maybach has always been a problemchild since its reintroduction, so this rumor makes sense to me.
      black republican
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can hardly wait. I know the designers are going to make this the best car ever. I am anxious to trade my 2007 for this.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Sean
      • 3 Years Ago
      huh? cashmere pills pretty bad, and silk deteriorates in heat. otherwise this would have been done a million times already.
      brian
      • 3 Years Ago
      Silk Upholstery? Perfect! (If you want the seats to rot in the sunlight...)
      • 3 Years Ago
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