2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class: more self-reliance, and electrification of space

Less than five months after the revelation of its latest S-Class, Mercedes-Benz has started on the road to test its all-new successor.

A mule wearing the body modified recently facelifted S-Class has been spotted running with a wide arch extensions, probably in the beginning of the development of the chassis. Its wider tracks suggest the next S-Class, which should arrive in 2020, will be larger and therefore more spacious on the inside.

The future flagship lounge will also be much more autonomous-capable of advancing the drive current of the so-called Distronic Active Proximity Control and Active Steer Assist systems. The power of the car can reach the Level 2 of self-support, but should eventually be upgraded to new Car Driver capabilities, including links with GPS satellites and is featured on the new E-Class. The new model 2020 is therefore expected to introduce near-fully autonomous capabilities.

Mercedes driver assistance systems boss Christoph von Hugo said Coach earlier in the year 2020 would see some Mercedes cars to be able to handle “critical situations”, such as streets and intersections. The S-Class is the role of the brand is the most luxurious model of leaves, that she is the best candidate to get that first tech.

The next S-Class will also increase its use of electrification, to improve the performance and range of the offer with the current cleaner of the S-Class, the S 560e. This car combines a V6 turbo engine and electric motor, offering up to 31 miles of electric range, which is essential to ensure the car can be driven in cities that could soon apply to zero-emission.

The trends suggest an electric version of the S-Class is inevitable at some stage, although the sources do not think that the battery technology will be in a state advanced enough to make it viable to the next S-Class by 2020 launch. Autocar understands that the room required for the batteries is a major challenge for an electric vehicle (EV) variant, Mercedes did not want to interfere with the cabin space and luxury. It is very plausible that the next generation of cars will have an EV variant later in its production life, however.