The Mercedes S-Class is known as the best car in the world, and not without reason: it is a good measure of the technology that you might see in most cars a few decades along. And now we have a new version – this is the all-new 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
The new S-Class looks strikingly different from the predecessor with chiseled body lines and swooping roof. The new aggressive design reminds us of the cars based on the MFA platform, like the CLA sedan. On the front, the 2014 S-Class gets a larger grille, full LED headlights and a re-profiled bumper. The length of the car has not changes much, so even with new creases the car is easily identifiable from the side. At the back the 2014 S-Class has got a re-profiled boot which by the look of it has become slightly smaller while the dual exhaust outlets have become bigger.
On the inside, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class has been completely revamped. It now features two large colour displays in the front in place of the traditional instrument cluster with sophisticated climate control system with active perfuming and filtering of the air, and in a world first, heated armrests all around. A rich mixture of leather, wood and high quality plastics adorns the cabin giving it the feeling of a small palace on wheels.
The cabin now gets LED ambient lights, two-spoke wooden steering wheel and a high-quality Burmester music system and heated and adjustable rear seats. Optional extras include an individually customisable ‘first class rear’ business package, heated armrests as well as a specialised air balance package which filters the air in the cabin and sprays a special scent branded by Mercedes themselves.
But the biggest change to the S-Class is that the 2014 version won’t be just one car, but an entire model range. We were always expecting a four car line-up with coupe and cabriolet, but Autocar UK reported that new range will actually have five models.
Apart from the standard and extended wheelbase versions, Mercedes-Benz is expected to offer extra-long-wheelbase Limousine version that will also don the Pullman badge. The most important additions though will be the coupe and cabriolet versions. The coupe S-Class will have two-doors and will replace the current CL-Class to compete with the Bentley Continental GT. Similarly the convertible version will go against the Bentley Continental GTC, now that Merc has pulled the plug on Maybach.
Mercedes-Benz has debuted only the standard S-Class, the rest of the lineup will be rolled-out gradually. The company will be offering three variants in Europe. First in line is the S350 BlueTEC variant with 3-litre diesel V6 unit developing 258bhp and 620Nm. The petrol version is the S500 with 4.7-litre V8 putting out 455bhp and 700Nm, while the third one is 3.5-litre gasoline hybrid producing 306bhp and 370Nm. all the engines will be mated to 7G-Tronic Plus gearbox powering the rear wheels.
The new 2014 S-Class is expected to debut in India by the end of this year. It will be assembled in India via CKD route. The prices of the new model are expected to be marginally higher than that of the current model.