New 2020 Mercedes S-Class sheds its camouflage

Our spy photographers have snapped a new Mercedes S-Class development mule almost undisguised

The next generation Mercedes S-Class will be revealed towards the end of next year and  these latest spy shots give us our best look yet at the German firm’s next luxury saloon. 

Visually changes will be minor; the Audi A8 rival will retain the traditional three-box shape, long wheelbase and bold roofline that has appeared on every generation since the 1970s. However, at the front, the new S-Class will adopt a version of Mercedes’s latest family face, with an enlarged grille and new LED headlamp cluster. 

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While the exterior design changes only slightly, the interior will be overhauled. The existing model’s long, dual display infotainment setup will be replaced by a large Tesla-like central display mounted on the centre console. The look of the new cabin was previewed by the Mercedes EQS concept that debuted at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. 

As ever, the S-Class will be the firm’s technological flagship; an array of new driver convenience tech, as well as Mercedes’s latest range of electrified drivetrains and infotainment systems will appear. This latest development mule also gives us our first look at the new S-Class’s hidden, pop-out door handles.

The new model will also build on the outgoing saloon’s autonomous driving functions and is expected to debut new level-three semi-autonomous driving assistance features. However, legislation could mean that the autonomous functions can only be used in certain markets. 

Under the skin, Mercedes will introduce new petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid powertrains to the S-Class range. Later down the line, the German brand will introduce an all-electric equivalent to the S-Class under its new Mercedes-EQ sub-brand. High-performance AMG editions will also feature.

Now read our in-depth review of the current Mercedes S-Class here…

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