The next-generation S-Class is expected to arrive next year.
After launching in 2013, the current-generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class is celebrating a major milestone. Mercedes has announced the 500,000th S-Class W222 has rolled off the production line at the company's production plant in Sindelfingen, Germany, where the flagship luxury sedan is exclusively produced.
The S-Class team from the body-in-white, paint shop and assembly celebrated this milestone together with Michael Bauer, Head of Production at the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant and Site Manager, and the site's Works Council Chairman, Ergun Lumali.
"In each of the 500,000 S-Class models, there is a large portion of heart and soul from the entire Sindelfingen team. The many years of experience and the specialist knowledge of our employees have made a decisive contribution to this production success. As the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant, we are proud to be the center of competence for our premium and luxury class," said Bauer.
The state of the art facility is equipped with a host of digital technologies that make it a "paperless factory". Employees find out about each vehicle's specifications via a screen and mobile devices support them in individual work steps. Every vehicle can be located at all times in a virtual representation of the factory and a "Digital Anticipation" service enables customers to follow the production status of their vehicle online.
In the future, the Sindelfingen plant will be used to assemble electric Mercedes EQ vehicles such as the EQC SUV. Currently, the plant employees more than 25,000 workers and produces the E-Class (sedan and wagon) there as well as the CLS, the S-Class (sedan, coupe and cabriolet), the Mercedes-Maybach, the Mercedes-AMG GT family and the GLA. Around 250 vehicles a day are assembled.
Looking ahead, the next-generation Mercedes S-Class is expected to arrive in 2020 with more luxuries and advanced tech than ever before. For the first time in the model's history, the combustion-powered S-Class will only be offered with hybrid powertrains using the automaker's latest 3.0-liter and 2.9-liter straight-six gasoline and diesel engines. Mercedes is also preparing to unleash an all-electric luxury sedan previewed by the Mercedes Vision EQS Concept back in September at the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show.