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2013 Mercedes-Benz S-Class sheds more of its camo

 2013 Mercedes-Benz S-Class sheds more of its camo
2013 Mercedes-Benz S-Class spy photo 29.01.2013 / Automedia

Flagship arriving this year

Our spies have taken a few photos with the next-gen S-Class set to be unveiled later this year.

With every batch of spy photos, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is losing more of its camouflage and we get to see its Aesthetic S design language. The front of the car shows an F700-inspired grille and LED-infused headlights, while at the back it boasts two exhaust pipes and CL-inspired taillights.

The high-tech cabin will have an instrument panel with two generous LCD screens. One is replacing the usual analog instruments while the other one will be a multifunctional touchscreen unit taking care of the climate, sat-nav, communication and entertainment controls.

Under the hood it will get the company's new MoVe (modular V6 and V8) engines which will most likely feature turbocharging and direct injection. Various reports are indicating three hybrid choices will be available, with an electric output of 41 hp (30 kW), 61 hp (45 kW) and 109 hp (81 kW).

The V12 bi-turbo engine in the S65 AMG is likely to get 680 hp (507 kW). This range-topping model is expected to receive carbon fiber doors, boot and hood in order to lose some weight.

As you would expect from a new S-Class, Mercedes-Benz will implement an array of new tech with an emphasis on safety. In addition, the S-Class (W222) will be offered in three different lengths which will be joined by a convertible and a coupe.

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Comments (23)

 CoyRoy CoyRoy
It does look like just a mild face-lift....Merc should really get some new, fresh designers....
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January 31, 2013 1:18 am
 buruchaga buruchaga
In terms of exterior looks, i prefer the current one to this but i cannot imagine the technology in this new one.
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January 30, 2013 4:17 am
 AJSmyth AJSmyth
Just saw the interior online, and it is definatly different from what I expected. The 2 giant LCD screens are a first in the industry and should be interesting to see if it takes off.
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January 30, 2013 12:34 am
 MercLover MercLover
Looks way too much like the W221 S-class. MB should have made the car much more imposing if it seriously wants to compete in the Bentley/Rolls-Royce category. The bonnet needs to exude more masculinity and not be too sloping, the grille needs to be more upright, and for God's sake, PLEASE put the 3-pointed star back on the grille and not on the bonnet where it looks like a stuck-on afterthought. They should have brought more elements of the fantastically designed W126 S-class, albeit with a modern theme. Rolls-Royce has done a fantastic job with the styling of its current cars, as has Bentley. I hope once the camo comes of this W222 it looks more imposing than these images suggest.
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January 29, 2013 9:11 pm
 Microice Microice
680.... The power struggle continues but this is getting silly. do we really need a sedan with aventador power? that new tech must be heavy
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January 29, 2013 6:20 pm
 danteskov danteskov
I think this car has been in development for such a long time that I am afraid that when it comes out it could look out-dated...
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January 29, 2013 3:11 pm
 odysseus odysseus
The more it losts its camo the more I used to like the current one, which is a fine piece of an automobile. However Daimler's decision to prefer a more conservative design makes the Xj and the new Quattroporte become more attractive for several costumers.
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January 29, 2013 2:53 pm
 gooniz gooniz
The V12 bi-turbo engine in the S65 AMG is likely to get 680 hp !!! the current S65 has 620 and does 0-60 in 4.1 seconds. if the numbers are true, then the new s65 will be the most powerful sedan in its category.
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January 29, 2013 12:30 pm
 Deutsch100 Deutsch100
I sadly agree with Ivo 205. I was recently at our local MBZ dealer, and for the first time in decades...there was NOT a single model, that I wanted!! Before I made the swtich to Range Rover and BMW/Rolls Royce...our family usually had 2-3 Mercedes at any given time in our garage. Now we just have one (a G63 AMG), and the one we have is like a 35 year old design!! LOL
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January 29, 2013 11:12 am
 Ivo_205 Ivo_205
I fully realise this is personal, but I dislike every new Mercedes model in profile.
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January 29, 2013 10:10 am
 w0bble w0bble
i think the grille is way to small :-)
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January 29, 2013 9:30 am
 adicretu adicretu
*The high-tech cabin will have an instrument panel with two generous LCD screens. One is replacing the usual analog instruments* . It already happened in the current generation
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January 29, 2013 9:19 am
 SouthAfrica SouthAfrica
In terms of exterior looks..I think we getting more of the same thing again here
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January 29, 2013 8:54 am