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2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class: Maybach Successor?

Posted on March 27, 2013

STUTTGART, Germany / EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Mercedes-Benz recently released the first images of its new 

Rear seat luxury in 2014 Mercedes S-Class.
Rear seat luxury in 2014 Mercedes S-Class.
S-Class premium luxury sedan, which has been redesigned for the 2014 model year.

Officially designated W222, the new 2014 S-Class has been developed with a focus on the long wheelbase sedan. It will feature a “number of new features specifically related to comfort and safety in the rear — in the S-Class, there is no doubt that passengers in the rear are also seated in first class,” according to the press release.

The rear seat incorporates a business center console that combines “personal comfort with practical convenience (integration of telephone handset, additional stowage compartment, folding table, etc.).” Mercedes also offers two rear seat variants for the standard wheelbase 2014 S-Class — static bench seat or individual seats with 37-degree adjustment — and five variants for the long wheelbase version.

For additional safety, the seat belt buckle feeder features an electric motor the automatically raises and lowers the buckle; inflatable seat belt strap that reduces risk of injury to passengers by lowering the strain on the ribcage; and the reclining rear seats are fitted with a cushion bag to prevent the passenger from sliding under the belt in event of an accident.

At around the time Mercedes released their details of the 2014 S-Class, Motor Trend captured and published spy photos of two prototypes — one standard wheelbase and one stretched, long wheelbase (photos below).

According to the report, the editor surmises the long-wheelbase prototype (clad in all black) to be the extra-long wheelbase version, which is “reportedly 13.78 inches longer than the standard version.” There is also going to be a 7.08-inched stretched S-Class which will fit between the extra-long wheelbase and standard wheelbase sedans.

This leads one to believe that the spirit of the ultra-luxury sedan brand, Maybach (which was discontinued in late 2011), will live on in the new 2014 long wheelbase S-Class.

Sources: Mercedes-Benz; Motor Trend

Motor trend captures this photo of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class standard wheelbase (L) and extra-long wheelbase (R). 
Motor trend captures this photo of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class standard wheelbase (L) and extra-long wheelbase (R). 

This extra-long wheelbase 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class looks fit to be successor to the discontinued ultra-luxury Maybach sedan.
This extra-long wheelbase 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class looks fit to be successor to the discontinued ultra-luxury Maybach sedan.
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