Mercedes even camouflages the door handles. What could the company be hiding?

Mercedes-Benz does not want anyone getting a good look at the next-gen Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan, even when the German company is testing the luxury sedan on public roads. While short, this spy video catches a pair of them cruising around the city.

The heavy camouflage and body cladding makes it very difficult to get a good idea of what the new S-Class looks like. In terms of size, the sedan appears a little longer, though. Covering the door handles suggests that Mercedes has something clever to hide there, like possibly making them flush with the body. Up front, a large black panel is likely a sensor for a next-gen driver assistance system. The purple headlight illumination is possibly from Mercedes' Digital Light technology that features over a million micromirrors to direct the light and avoid dazzling people.

Underneath the skin, the S-Class reportedly adopts a new chassis. A combination of aluminum and carbon fiber reinforced plastic would help it shed quite a bit of weight, even if the footprint is larger.

Earlier spy shots (above) caught the heavily camouflaged cabin of an S-Class test mule. The sedan features a gargantuan tablet in front of the driver for the instruments. The HVAC vents have mounting points that appear oddly high. This suggests a large portion of the center stack below them might be a digital display, too. The rear seats appear quite spacious, too.

The current speculation suggests Mercedes would introduce the new S-Class in 2020, and it might not arrive in the U.S. until the 2021 model year. There's still plenty of time for the engineers to finetune the luxury sedan to make it perfect. 

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