Based on the lightly camouflaged spy shots of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class we've seen lately, it hasn't taken a vivid imagination to picture what the next iteration of this big luxury sedan will look like. Even so, we now we have our first unobstructed views of the redesigned S-Class, codenamed W222, as it has just been caught out flaunting for some promo shots.

The first thing we notice about the new S-Class design is the disappearance of the last generation's flared wheel arches. Yet the new design adds even more character with bodyside creases similar to the CLS-Class and some elements reminiscent of 2007's F700 Concept, including the massive grille and vertical LED taillights. Other key details include a large panoramic roof and the narrow exhaust outlets, but the large LED-trimmed headlights and the aggressive front fascia are probably the biggest departure from the current design. With these spy shots, we also catch a blurry shot of the interior, but we've seen a practically uncovered look at the new S-Class' cabin back in January.

Overall, the next S-Class sports an expressive and premium new look, but as far as all-new designs go, it's quite conservative – a move no doubt fitting for these lean financial times.


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      CarCrazy24
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like it! Mercedes needs to go back to being more discrete, conservative style, the same style the kind that made them famous in the 70's and 80's. It gets a thumbs up from me, nicely done Mercedes!
      Iain Fulton
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is absolutely stunning. Mercedes is really stepping up their game lately. Looks like they arent just going to let Audi get all the kudos for design. I think this is way nicer than the 7 series and the A8.
        TheLeadFoot
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Iain Fulton
        You haven't driven it. You haven't sat in it. Maybe to make sweeping judgements like that until you've actually experienced the vehicle.
        Lexusboy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Iain Fulton
        The Jag XJ is still top dog though :-)
          Iain Fulton
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Lexusboy
          okay...i totally forgot about that car and you are right. That is a very close toss up for me but seeing an XJ on the road is quite a sight.
      Bernard
      • 1 Year Ago
      THe S class is the best car in its segment. Period!
      Felspawn
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks good!
      ClementZ
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like a stretched E-class with a better rear end. Still looks quite expensive, and this is before looking at the interior.
      JHOFF
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mercedes is making a come back.
      joejoe509
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oooooo. I've never uttered these words: That S-Class is sexy as hell. Great job Mercedes. You might have a hit on your hands!
      Porsche4life
      • 1 Year Ago
      Beautiful
      Carguy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Very nice design - makes the current S class look 5 years old. Great use of CLS and Maybach elements.
        James
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Carguy
        I agree, as it severely outdates the W221 The ironic thing is the current W221.5 facelift(2009-2013) is actually even 6 years old. MB had design patents on it by May 2007 and the original pre-facelift W221 was designed in 2001 and production-spec in 2002. The W222 was designed 4 years ago in 2009 and still looks extremely ahead of its time. It combines the best cues of the W220(desig.-1995), W221(d.-2002), and the Maybach(d.-1999) in one package.
      BK
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seems to me the comments in here tend to spew more vitriol the more expensive the car is. Anyone else notice this? "That Ferrari is so ugly and barely faster than a Mustang Cobra" blah blah with no appreciation for the car as the result of amazing engineering, styling, technology etc (and that applies to your basic Prius too). As a "car enthusiast" website, I can't believe the number of people who completely dismiss cars because it rivals what's in their garage, is built in the "wrong" country, or thy don't like subjective styling whichever the rest of it a POS. Wow. I really with Edmunds would fix their website to the old way so I can go back to more informative discussions.
      continentalgtspeed
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like this line of the exterior, it's better than previously and although it looks like E-class I think that it's pretty. the only one thing that do not convince me is proportion, in picture looks like so small than A8 and 7 series.
      Lexusboy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Appears better than the current model. It seems this car actually has the AMG body kit fitted for filming hence the aggressive front & rear bumpers. Also significant is the door panel design which appears different from the earlier interior spy images. For eg there appears to be two strips of wood instead of one strip curving downwards in the previous images. Anyone care to verify?
        Lachmund
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Lexusboy
        you're right. there seem to be 2 variations. just look at the door panel where the guy fits the leather on. the wooden strip is different and doesn't wrap around.
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