- The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class makes the cabin a cocoon, with inspiration taken from hot-stone massage and first-class airplane seats.
- The optional "First Class Rear" package bundles a business center console that integrates a telephone handset, more stowage compartments and a folding table.
- The dashboard gets a double-S curve to add to the ritzy feel.
STUTTGART, Germany — The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class makes the cabin a cocoon, with inspiration taken from hot-stone massage and first-class airplane seats.
Official photos of the cabin were released on Tuesday.
The full unveil of the 2014 S-Class is scheduled for May, with U.S. sales expected to start in the fall. Prices have not been announced.
The first look at the cabin of the luxury sedan seems to underscore a theory in the industry that the vehicle interiors are the "last frontier."
"The car seat has by no means reached the end of its development," said Thomas Geisel, who is responsible for S-Class seat development, in a statement.
The massaging seats in the 2014 S-Class derive some of their function from the principles of hot-stone massage, a technique in which the spine is covered with heated stones. Cars equipped with the optional "energizing" massage function allow the four passengers to select such programs as "classic massage" and "pressure point massage."
Serenity is a key attribute of the cabin in the redesigned S-Class. Details include three-dimensional wood trim, a two-spoke steering wheel and a dashboard with a double-S curve. The sedan also gets innovative lighting systems designed to add to the ambience.
"Passengers in the rear are also seated in first class — the design and exclusivity of the seats, door panels and all controls are to the same high standard as the front," said Mercedes in a statement.
Edmunds says: Many automakers talk about turning the car's interior into a "family room," but this takes the concept to the next level.