Mercedes started testing for the next generation S-Class. The first mule has been spied while it was checking out its future mechanics. Since it’s using the body of today’s model, we can’t really know how it will look the 2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class. However, it’s quite clear in which direction will go the redesign. The large sedan will definitely host significantly lighter bones, electrification, and an advanced self-driving system.
2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class will get lighter bodywork, yet unchanged footprint
Judging by the testing mule, the new generation S-Class will keep its current proportions. Though the vehicle shows a bit wider track, so this might be the case with the production model too. Anyway, like we said, the new architecture will definitely host more lightweight materials, yet aside of aluminum, the car will feature a large portion of carbon fiber as well.
Gasoline, plug-in hybrid, all-electric, fuel-cell…everything you can imagine
The MRA platform will be able to accommodate a range of new engine options. We are sure that the carmaker has no intention to get rid of gasoline options, but the highest accent will be on hybrids and electric drivetrains without any doubt. The thirsty mills should be treated by some mild-hybrid technology, which includes regenerative braking, while some reports indicate that Mercedes might add one fuel-cell unit under the hood. This seems pretty logical because they showed that they have the technology, while Germany constantly increases the number of fuel-cell station.
Level 3 autonomy
As for the advanced self-driving system, we have to admit that we don’t know much about it. However, it’s going to be named Level 3 autonomy. The car manufacturer promises some amazing results from the project and we believe them.
The development of the completely redesigned 2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class has started, but it will last for another two years, so we will catch a number of testing models over the years. Still, the first actual prototypes with production body won’t be available for at least a year.
Stay tuned for updates.