Published on 22 Jan 2013 by Dan Read
Our spy shots offer a preview of the next generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class, type named the W222, being road tested. We don’t have much information to accompany the photos but assuming the car was being test driven in the place it was registered, as the number plate begins FR the test probably took place in Freiburg, Germany.
No matter where these shots were taken, we can be sure that the next-generation saloon is nearing the end of its punishing test schedule that has taken it to Barcelona for warm weather testing, to Denver for altitude testing and around the roads of Dubai and Stuggart earlier in its evolution.
Unfortunately our spy shots don’t give a clear indication of how the front end will look on the final version, but independent reports suggest that a larger grille and new LED running lights will give the new S-Class a more aggressive look than the out-going model. At launch, coupe and convertible models will be sold and a limousine sized “Pullman” is expected to mop up the sales that would have gone to the now defunct Maybach brand.
The S-Class is always used as a showcase for the German marque’s newest technology, so active brakes with cross traffic monitoring, active lane keep technology that now reads broken lines as well as solid ones, and LED lights throughout, even in the vanity mirrors, will help the new car stick to tradition. A plug-in hybrid version, along with the normal Mercedes range of petrol and diesel engines, are expected when the car is launched in 2014.