2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class – Leaked Photo Update
See the next generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class interior and exterior completely undisguised
by John Clark | 02 May 2013
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Hot on the heels of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class being spied completely uncovered, a leaked photo emerged today highlighting the first promotional photo of the 2014 S-Class. And while we are all waiting for its May 15th debut, it’s already clear from the photos what we can expect. A far smoother design than the outgoing S-Class model, Mercedes-Benz’s flagship vehicle will feature an ample front grille and LED headlights and a sleeker back end also fitted with LED lights.
More changes to the 2014 S-Class include more sculpted doors with two strong character lines, a very large glass roof, slim chromed exhaust pipes with cross-drilled brake rotors, and more subtle fender flares. The 2014 S-Class will be offered in eleven exterior colors, including three new ones: Anthracite Blue, Ruby Black and Diamond Silver.
When it comes to technology, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is loaded. It will have active seat belts (which are power-deployable), a system that works together with the PRE-SAFE system for automatic tension before an imminent collision. Another incredible addition is what’s being called Magic Body Control – a cutting edge Active Body Control suspension that detects road imperfections using a camera. When trouble is spotted, the Magic Body Control will automatically configure the suspension to compensate for the imperfection and offer the smoothest ride possible.
With its clear-cut architecture, the interior design of the new S-Class is the embodiment of a classic and serene, yet ultra-modern saloon car. The interior space derives its expressiveness from a distinctively flowing, sensual and elegant style. Horizontal features and lines create an ambiance characterised by visual breadth and calm solidity. High quality and elegance go hand in hand with clarity and functionality. The interior concept of the S-Class combines driving, spatial and operating comfort at the highest level.
The radically redesigned display extends behind the two-spoke steering wheel – reminiscent of the S-Class heritage – as a major part of the horizontal alignment. It replaces the traditional instrument cluster and combines numerous other functions in a visually and ergonomically highly sophisticated manner (see section “New display concept”). The entire display unit appears to be free-floating, an impression reinforced by ambience backlighting.
The high-quality unit formed by the center air vents and the analogue clock is precisely set into three-dimensional wood trim. For the first time this classic wood trim feature is positioned very low. This creates a second level of decorative trim whose luxurious stitched leather lies in the primary field of vision. Both levels extend elegantly across the entire width of the dashboard and doors. With this layout the designers have created an association with the wingbeat of a bird. The result is an extraordinary impression of width combined with a pleasant, calm ambience.
The visually prominent dashboard is characterised by the striking double-S curve. This already made the preceding model unmistakable, and imparts a feeling of spaciousness, safety and security.
The perfectly coordinated use of materials and colours produces an elegant interior seemingly cast from a single mould. There is generous use of wood trim, especially in the dashboard and centre console. Metallised switch surfaces with pearl-effect paint finishes in three colour shades to suit the interior colour particularly highlight the outstanding quality.
Innovative lighting systems in the form of a continuous light band under the wood trim strips and the central display – a completely new dimension in ambience lighting – and elegant lighting units with stylish details in the headlining enhance the comfortable atmosphere.The number and size of the stowage facilities in the interior have been greatly increased compared to the preceding model.
Passengers in the rear are also seated in first-class – the design and exclusivity of the seats, door panels and all controls are to the same, high standard as the front. If a luxury or reclining seat (Executive seat) is specified for the rear, the backrest inclines backwards into the parcel shelf, which means that legroom is not restricted even in the resting position. As an additional individualisation feature, the “First Class Rear” incorporates a Business centre console combining personal comfort with practical convenience (integration of a telephone handset, additional stowage compartments, folding table, etc.). The side finishers of the front seats are formally integrated and feature useful stowage compartments (for details see section “Seats”).
In combination with the first-class quality of materials and outstandingly high perceived value, the decidedly varied range of available appointments emphatically confirms the premium positioning of Mercedes-Benz. The innovative architecture of the interior design, which is based on both additive and integrating features, allows a choice of different and very individual styling in terms of colours and materials.
Special thanks to our good friend Andrus for the tip via GMotors