- 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.