This is our most revealing look at Mercedes' new flagship sedan yet.
The all-new Mercedes S-Class has been in development for several years now. Like previous generations, the new S-Class will no doubt set new standards for luxury sedans. We've already seen Mercedes testing camouflaged prototypes of the new flagship, but now the covers have come off early. Photos shared on Instagram show the new Mercedes S-Class practically naked with minimal amounts of camouflage applied to the hood. Despite the poor quality photos, this is our most revealing look yet at the luxury sedan before the official debut.
As we expected, the new Mercedes S-Class sports an evolutionary design updated with slimmer headlights and a larger grille. At the back, the rear taillights appear to be inspired by the sleek Mercedes CLS, positioned below a full-width chrome strip.
Overall, the exterior doesn't look radically different to the last-generation S-Class, but interior has been completely redesigned. We get a clear look inside the cabin, covered only by protective wrapping in contrast to previous spy shots. The most noticeable difference is the addition of a massive Tesla-style portrait infotainment screen running the latest MBUX software, paired with a digital instrument cluster.
Elsewhere, the new dashboard layout repositions the air vents above the infotainment screen, the steering wheel has been redesigned, and there's a noticeable lack of physical buttons. Vertical air vents located next to the steering wheel appear to be inspired by the Mercedes Vision EQS. Additional screens are fitted behind the front seats to entertain rear passengers, and we also get a close look at the opulent diamond-quilted leather seats.
Unlike the Audi A8, the new Mercedes S-Class will support advanced Level 3 autonomous technology when it goes on sale. This was one of the unique selling points for the Audi A8, but Audi recently abandoned plans to incorporate Level 3 autonomous technology, giving Mercedes the advantage. Under the hood, the new Mercedes S-Class is expected to be offered with a range of hybrid powertrains including a mild-hybrid 4.0-liter V8 and a hybrid 3.0-liter, along with 2.9-liter straight-six gasoline engines. A V12 unit could also be reserved for the swanky Mercedes-Maybach S-Class variant.
Mercedes hasn't announced when the new S-Class will debut, but it should officially break cover sooner rather than later now that the production design has leaked.