- The redesigned 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class was caught during a photo shoot in full production trim.
- An official reveal event is planned for May of this year in Germany.
- The large sedan has many of the styling elements introduced on the recently refreshed Mercedes E-Class sedan.
STUTTGART, Germany — The redesigned 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class was caught during a photo shoot in full production trim. The absence of camouflage reveals a shape that is a clear evolution of the current design rather than a radical departure.
Up front, the grille is more prominent while the lights incorporate LED markers along with two large lenses that will house even more LED bulbs. In fact, Mercedes has already announced that this S-Class will be the first production vehicle that does not use a single traditional light bulb.
The advanced headlights will be able to stay on their high beam setting without blinding other drivers while the taillights will dim slightly at night to reduce glare for vehicles driving behind it.
All the sharp edges on the current model have been softened on this S-Class. The aggressive front airdam looks like it might be part of a sport package, although it blends well enough to function as the standard setup. The bulging fenders of the current models are gone, replaced by a more sculpted housing for the front wheels and virtually no extended bodywork over the rear wheels.
And finally, the bustle back rear end has been toned down so the trunk is less prominent and the cutlines are no longer visible from the side.
The official unveil of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is scheduled for May, with U.S. sales expected to start in the fall.
Edmunds says: Nothing radical here, but this version of the S-Class does look like a tasteful upgrade to the busy styling of the current model.