Prototypes of the new Mercedes S-Class saloon, which is set to launch in 2020, have been pictured undergoing development testing by our spy photographers in the Arctic Circle.
Despite Mercedes’ current S-Class saloon receiving a hefty facelift last year, these spy shots confirm that a full replacement is on the horizon and will bring a completely new look and advanced tech to the luxury segment. A new S-class coupe will also appear faced with fresh opposition in the shape of the BMW 8 Series.
Like all S-Class saloons we expect this new model to be packed with kit, including an array of driver convenience technology, as well as Mercedes’s latest range of electrified drivetrains and infotainment systems.
Technology-wise, the new S-Class is expected to build on the outgoing model’s autonomous driving functions, and feature the next level of automation that could allow the vehicle to drive in urban environments with minimal driver input.
Mercedes will of course introduce updated petrol, diesel and hybrid engines to the range while later down the line the German firm is lining up an all-electric equivalent to the S-Class that will sit within the new Mercedes-EQ electric sub-brand. A high-performance AMG model will inevitably feature, alongside new AMG 53 48v mild hybrid performance version.
Unsurprisingly for a car still two years from launch, the S-Class saloon spied here remains well hidden beneath typical development mule masking. However, it’s unlikely that the next-generation S-Class will change dramatically as the overall proportions appear to be largely unchanged.
However, sitting at the top of Mercedes’ model lineup means we can expect the next S-Class to feature a new design language that will eventually filter down throughout the rest of the German firm’s range.
Read our full in-depth review of the new, facelifted Mercedes S-Class here…