2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class: First Look

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  • Competes with: BMW 7 Series, Audi A8
  • Looks like: A longer, lower, wider S-Class with a more athletic-looking front end and curvier body
  • Drivetrain: 455-hp, twin-turbocharged 4.7-liter V-8 and eight-speed automatic
  • Hits dealerships: September 2013
  • MSRP: TBD

If it wasn't enough of an opulent and technological tour-de-force before, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class leaves no question now. The automaker's flagship sedan gets a makeover for the new model year, with more athletic-looking styling, a host of over-the-top new comfort and convenience features, and updated safety systems. 

The sedan is longer, lower and wider than the previous version, but rides on the same wheelbase. The new version makes extensive use of aluminum and weighs in at 4,442 pounds, about 300 pounds less than last year's version.

Mercedes calls the car's styling "a modern embodiment of sensual clarity" but it looks to us like the S-Class borrows heavily from the brand's lineup, with the E-Class' new head- and taillight designs as well as some of the CLS's curves. The sedan also wears a larger, more upright grille and more pronounced wheel arches. Mercedes claims it's also the first vehicle in the world that doesn't use a single traditional light bulb; almost 500 LEDs are used inside and out.

Power comes from a 455-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 4.7-liter V-8; it's rated at a potent 516 pounds-feet of torque. It's paired with an eight-speed automatic. Mercedes says it's capable of zero to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds and has a top speed limited to 130 mph. No word yet on fuel-economy figures, but expect U.S. versions to include a stop/start system to increase efficiency. The previous S550 used a 429-hp, 4.6-liter direct-injection V-8 and a seven-speed automatic; it's EPA rated at 15/25 mpg city/highway. Mercedes hasn't released information about diesel and hybrid variants for 2014.

New this year is the Magic Body Control option. It uses cameras to scan the road ahead and adjust the suspension damping in anticipation of bumps.

Inside, certain aspects of the cabin should look familiar — circular air vents and plenty of wood and metal accents line the interior. New are two 12.3-inch widescreen displays, one in front of the driver and one on top of the center stack, split by a touch-sensitive keypad with memory functions; the climate controls are also touch-sensitive. Mercedes says its Linguatronic speech recognition system accepts "one shot input" spoken commands and features new text message and email reading capabilities.

New interior features include LED ambient lighting with seven colors, five dimming levels and four different dimming zones; an updated multimedia system, mbrace2; an optional Burmester upgraded sound system; new heated and massaging seats with 14 separately actuated air cushions in the backrest; electrically heated armrests and four-zone climate control. There's also a new Air Balance Package that adds fragrance to the car and adjusts air filtration and ionization levels through the climate-control system.

Safety upgrades for 2014 include rear seat belt airbags and an updated version of the Pre-Safe collision detection system. It detects pedestrians and vehicles and can provide autonomous braking at speeds up to around 30 mph. The 2014 S-Class also features the new generation of the Active Parking Assist system, which provides semiautomatic parallel parking.

Rear-wheel-drive S550 sedans will launch first in September, followed by S550 4Matic all-wheel-drive models in November, followed by S63 AMG versions. Only long-wheelbase versions will be offered in the U.S. No word yet on pricing; base model-year 2013 S550s start at $95,905, including a $905 destination fee.

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

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Comments 

Audi

The interior is just gorgeous wish our current generation had it.I'm not sold on that rear end though and to be honest the rest of the car. Its not S Class Enough. Being previous owners of the 2006 S65, 2008 S550 I don't believe we will be getting this model.

m

Rear looks droopy. The front end of the current car is more graceful. Audi A8 looks better

Ken L.

And just like that, Mercedes has lost their sense of classy designs. The rear looks awfully similar to the CLS, and those big headlights make the front-end look too gaudy.

Tony

4.8 sec 0-60 car which will be driven 10sec 0-60 by some old fart.

If only I were a rich man, I'll definitely consider this as my new girlfriend.

carma

I like the front and the interior, but don't like the Hyundai like rear. The rear three quarter view is the worst.

Parrots

The car seems impressive, but the front looks overwrought, the rear looks droopy, and the interior looks cheap.

Pete

Is this the new E-Class? C-class?....it's getting to the point where you can't tell the difference! First Lexus and it's new nose for everyone, now M-B is doing it's best to blend us all to sleep!

Others

What happened to that model with 12 cylinder engine. Looks like its gone for good.

Good to see Hybrids and Plugins in this model.

Eric Salveson

Very very gracefully. Makes the Audi A8 look like a brick on the outside and the interior has a very warm presentation.

The best technology on the road compared to BMW and Audi. The other two are excellent but the S Class if you want class rules.

Mina Samaan

The 2014 Mercedes S-Class is amazingly gorgeous and it's been always that way.This car compared to Audi and the BMW,this would stand out the most.But whats weird is that they put Twin-Turbo chargers in this car.But i would like it more like that cause now it can outrun the CLS550.I am falling in love with this car.

joe koehler

why is mercedes starting to look like audis i saw the back of a eclass it looked just like a puny little audi a4 but it wasnt it was the new e350 i own a 2009 e63 and will not buy this body or any body of these years from mercedes what in the hell are they thinking they look awful and boring i would much rather have last years s class than this years

joe koehler

i am so disappointed in mercedes for treying to look like audis. i owned a rs6 that thing broke down every 3 months and audis are one of the least reliable cars ever made which is why i will never know why i bought one i guess i followed the fad which was so stupid i love mt mercedes e 63 but the new ones are so ugly

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