Next-gen Mercedes-Benz S-Class to use more aluminum and carbon fiber reinforced plastics

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe
2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe

Due before the end of the decade

Mercedes-Benz S-Class chief engineer Hermann-Joseph Storp has shed some light about the company's next-gen flagship model.

Mercedes-Benz still hasn't finished coming out with derivatives of the W222 S-Class but they have already started thinking about the next generation scheduled to come out before the end of the decade. During a press gathering this month at Geneva Motor Show, company chief engineer Hermann-Joseph Storp said Mercedes-Benz will focus on making the S-Class even greener and one way would be to use more aluminum and carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) in the car's construction.

While the W221 S-Class used just over 10 percent of aluminum in its body, the new one is almost half made from aluminum. CFRP is used only in very high-end limited-run models but the material will find its way on more production models, one example would have to be the upcoming all-new BMW 5- and 7-Series.

The latest S-Class is up 20 percent more fuel efficient than its predecessor and the most frugal version is the S 300 BlueTEC Hybrid which returns 52.2 mpg US (67.2 mpg UK or 4.5 liters / 100 km) with CO2 emissions of 118 g/km, a remarkable figure taking into account the size and weight of the car. It will be interesting to find out by how much Mercedes-Benz will be able to improve these numbers for the next S-Class.

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21Deen 21Deen
Yeah, and taking the car greener aside, they may consider redesigning the coupe's tail lights.
Mar 16th, 2014 11:57pm
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Naturally Aspirated Naturally Aspirated
Well Mercedes, you left me no choice I'm going to wait for the next generation :D
Mar 16th, 2014 3:46pm
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N20_Purge N20_Purge
The current-gen S-Class literally rolled out yesterday and there is already talk about the next-gen model.
Mar 16th, 2014 2:47pm
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Dude von Dudenstein Dude von Dudenstein
Mercedes is always a step ahead of the competition! Often at least.
Mar 16th, 2014 2:50pm
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SouthAfrica SouthAfrica
Kind of reminds me of VW talking about Golf 6 when they just made and released Golf 5.
Mar 16th, 2014 3:42pm
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