Video: 2014 Mercedes S Class caught high altitude testing
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Our friends at TFLCar have managed to catch the all-new Mercedes S Class during high altitude testing atop the Colorado mountains. TFLCar has compiled a smart video clip of all their encounters with the new S Class.
[can't see the clip above? Head over to Youtube]
1) Codenamed W222, the 2014 S Class is one of the most eagerly awaited cars of all time.
2) It will be based on the all-new Mercedes Rear Architecture (MRA). The new platform is lighter and more rigid than the predecessor.
3) In order to make it lighter, Mercedes will focus on a combination steel, aluminum, and magnesium for its construction.
4) The design will be in-line with the new design language – similar to the new SL and A Class. It will feature a familiar grille along with a redesigned lower bumper and new LED-infused headlights. Every part of the car is new, we hear Mercedes has not even carried over a switchgear from the current model's inventory.
5) The new Mercedes S Class will be offered in seven different variations:
- A standard-wheelbase sedan (codenamed W222)
- A long-wheelbase sedan (codenamed V222)
- An extra-long-wheelbase sedan (codenamed X222)
- A six-door Pullman edition
- A full-size CL-Class replacement (codenamed C217)
- A full-size CL convertible (codenamed A217)
- A full-size four-door coupe (codenamed V217)
6) It will feature a completely redesigned dashboard with two large LCD displays. Loads of new technology is expected such as:
- Programmable instruments
- Extended voice and gesture control
- Heads-up display
- Knee and belt-integrated airbags
7) The 2014 Mercedes S Class will have tons of driver aids such as:
- Dynamic LED headlights
- Magic Carpet Ride chassis (essentially a camera-based damper adjustment system)
- Ever-more-intelligent brake assist with cross traffic recognition
- Active cruise control that can even execute lane changes and passing maneuvers.
The 2014 Mercedes S-Class will be showcased in early 2013 with sales to begin shortly thereafter.
Want to know more about the upcoming Mercedes S Class? Head to our deep dive here.