Spyshots: 2013 Mercedes Benz S-Klasse
Based on this last batch of photos and those we showed you in the past, the new Mercedes S-Klasse appears to be longer and boasts a slightly bigger wheelbase. The clear focus should be creating an extraordinary amount of interior space and legroom.
Under the hood, we can expect to be greeted by the new ‘MoVe' (modular V6 and V8) engines. While details are limited, the engines will feature direct injection and turbochargers, proving a smooth ride and effortless cruising. As previewed by the Vision S 500 plug-in hybrid concept, Mercedes will offer a green version that will be able to accelerate from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in less than six seconds while averaging around 3.3 liters per 100 kilometer (71 mpg).
On the performance side of things, the 6.3-liter V8 from the S 63 AMG will be replaced by a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8. The bad news is that the V12 powerplans from the S 600 and S 65 AMG may be discontinued. In the case of the diesel-burners, the range will start with the 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine used on the S250CDI. The V8 diesel could actually be build as a mild hybrid.
The S-Klasse has always been a technological showcase and the next generation should be no exception. Expect to see a pair of video cameras installed in the interior rear-view mirror console. They will be used by a multitude of new systems, such as the city-destined cruise control system, which might also control the vehicle’s steering in some situations.
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