The primary take a look at mule for Mercedes-Benz’s next-generation S-Class
has been noticed.
Take a look at mules symbolize the primary stage of real-world testing for
new vehicles. It’s principally the brand new mechanical package deal hidden
beneath the makeshift physique of an current automobile, sometimes the
one the brand new automobile is about to exchange.
Take a look at mules present clues on the scale and hardpoints of the brand new
automobile being developed. Within the case of the subsequent S-Class, which
we’re anticipating to reach in 2020, as a 2021 mannequin, we will see
that the overall measurement and proportions will match the present
mannequin however there might be a barely wider observe, as evidenced by
the wheel arch extensions.
2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class take a look at mule spy photographs – Picture by way of S.
The present Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the W222, was launched for
2014 and instantly rocketed to the highest of the gross sales chart.
The 6-figure sedan racked up
greater than 100,000 gross sales in its first yr and that was
earlier than the arrival of further physique kinds such because the 2-door
vehicles and extra-long Maybach and Pullman.
It’s clear the subsequent S-Class has some large footwear to fill. Fortunately
for it, it is going to undertake a brand new platform, on this case Mercedes’
MRA design for rear-wheel-drive vehicles. The present S-Class rides
on an up to date model of its predecessor’s structure.
It’s laborious to gauge what Mercedes has in retailer for its subsequent
S-Class this early out. The present mannequin simply
acquired its mid-cycle replace so understandably Mercedes is
shy to speak in regards to the subsequent one. We already know a couple of issues,
nevertheless. Each powertrain might be electrified, both with
mild-hybrid, plug-in hybrid or pure electrical know-how. It’s
not clear if there might be a gasoline cell choice however Mercedes has
demonstrated that it
has the know-how prepared.
There can even be way more
superior self-driving techniques, together with maybe a Stage three
system. That is the place the automobile can deal with its personal in sure
conditions, leaving the driving force free to do different issues. Ought to
the driving force have to take again management, the automobile will give
warnings nicely upfront. Audi has already launched such a
in its newest A8, although its availability might be restricted
as a result of a scarcity of laws.
We’re anticipating Mercedes to supply the subsequent S-Class in a number of
physique lengths, from a brief wheelbase proper as much as the extra-long
Pullman. Nevertheless, there’s an excellent likelihood the S-Class Coupe and
not be provided. Don’t be stunned if the void is
a Maybach providing.
We should always see the primary prototypes sporting the precise physique of
the brand new S-Class in late 2018 or early 2019. Keep tuned for
updates as improvement continues.