New Mercedes S-Class Unveiled - UPDATED June 20, 2005

Official unveiling next Monday 20 June


After three years of W221 S-Class spy photos Mercedes-Benz finally enters into the final stages of testing.  With the first official photos of the New S-Class arriving next Monday these latest spy photos were captured this morning just outside the Nürburgring. Showing almost all of the camouflage removed except for the most defining components we can see the body shape clearly emerging. 


With obvious styling cues taken from the Maybach the New S-Class is eager to show its inherited royal threads.  In this role the new S-Class bridges the gap with an even more emphatic bond between Maybach and Mercedes.  Snarling V-shaped hood, muscle-flared wheel arches, streamlined sail panel (upper C-pillar) and raised luggage lid all scream Maybach 57 but with an aggressive sporting edge. 


World renowned for luxury the S-Class has been Mercedes' poster child.  However, the question is whether Mercedes is taking on a more sporting approach.  Previously bashed in the media for being "no BMW" in the sporting sense could the S-Class be making an attempt to remedy this?  If this aggressive body design is any indication of their intentions then it's going to get really interesting to see how Mercedes position themselves.  With new engines on the horizon perhaps high-performance subsidiary AMG will play a bigger role.  With official photos and initial details coming next Monday the 20th June we will find out soon enough. 

New S-Class Uncovered