Tuesday 4 September 2012

Teaser: 2013 Mercedes S-Class

Mercedes is near to revealing the new S-Class large executive sedan, which will be revealed sometime in 2013. The German manufacture has teased the design language and the shape of the newcomer, known internally as the W222, with a relief-like sculpture titled “Aesthetics S”.

“The sculpture highlights the artistic aspects of design,” explains Gorden Wagener, Head of Design at Mercedes-Benz Cars. “With the design and proportions of “Aesthetics S”, we are communicating a modern sense of status, sensual shapes and stylish sportiness.”

Wagner continues to say that the design elements of the S-Class, which in these images of the sculpture, include two pronounced, swoopy creases running across the sides of the car, will find their way across the marque’s future lineup.

“The characteristic lines of the S-Class have always represented the expression of automotive culture, as we understand it,” said Wagner. “The new S-Class will continue this tradition and, with its striking lines, will put a face to our design philosophy over the coming years.”

Engine options are expected to mirror the current model, albeit with some updates and tweaks that will improve fuel efficiency and lower emissions. These should include a 250 CDI, a S350 CDI, a S300 BlueTec diesel-hybrid, a S400 BlueTec petrol-hybrid, the S500 (aka S550), S600, S63 AMG and S65 AMG.

Unconfirmed reports hint that Mercedes wants a host of hybrid variants, including a plug-in hybrid S500 Vision Concept that is powered by a 3.0 litre V6 petrol and a 60PS (44kW) electric motor. This allows for a combined fuel economy figure of 78mpg (3.0l/100km).

Like its predecessor, the new S-Class with arrive with a shedful of new technology, including a couple of forward-facing cameras integrated into the rear-view mirror. The current forward radar system will also be modified to allow the debut of Magic Ride Control, a damping system that Mercedes anticipates will reduce body movement by 50%, in addition to the system being able to see vulnerable pedestrians. A low-speed adaptive cruise control that overtakes the steering in certain situations will also feature.

Reports suggest that one of the most important technological breakthroughs will be a nine-speed sequential automatic gearbox called 9G-Tronic.

The nine-speed box was developed as a successor to the existing seven-speed unit and is said to greatly improve fuel efficiency and to help give a smooth and quiet ride.

The gearbox will be mounted longitudinally under the S-Class. It will be adaptable to just about every kind of drivetrain ranging and will be used in both rear- and all-wheel drive models, and even the hybrid variant is expected to be equipped with it.

After debuting in the S-Class, the nine-speed gearbox will likely trickle down to other members of the Mercedes-Benz lineup.

Following the unveiling of the S-Class sedan, we expect a long-wheelbase sedan and a coupé to launch later. These will also be joined by a cabriolet and a pair of ultra-luxurious Pullman models that replaces the Maybach brand.

Look for the car to make its debut in Geneva next Spring.

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