we drove the all-new 2014 S550, and earlier this week we spotted the 2014 S63 AMG sports sedan. Now, our spy photographers have given us another look at the extra-long-wheelbase S-Class.
Mercedes’ strategy for the 2014 S-Class is to pick up the slack where
Maybach had attempted to leave off. That means that along with the
short-wheelbase S-Class (codenamed W222) and the long-wheelbase S-Class
(V222, the car we get here in the States), there will also be an extra-long-wheelbase S-Class (X222), a six-door S-Class Pullman, a CL-Class replacement in both coupe and convertible
guises, and a full-size four-door coupe to sit above the CLS-Class. The
car here is the X222 extra-long-wheelbase version that will bridge the
gap between the normal S-Class models and the Rolls-Royce- and
Bentley-rivaling range toppers.
The biggest difference, of course, between the X222 and the W/V222 is
the length. We expect the extra-long-wheelbase S-Class to have a
stretch of 13.78 inches versus the short-wheelbase car; keep in mind
that the long-wheelbase V222 is 7.08 inches longer than the
standard-wheelbase S-Class. Other than the massive rear doors, the only
difference we are able to spot is a revised rear fascia that has higher
reflectors. Given that the wheels on this car match those found on the
old S600, our guess is that the new rear apron will be a signifier for
It’s expected that there will be an optional V-12 available for the
2014 S-Class good for a ridiculous 680 hp and 811 lb-ft of torque.
Chances are that the 510-hp, 612-lb-ft, 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-12
engine from the 2013 S600 will probably also carry over. Expect the
cornucopia of advanced technology that debuted on the 2014 S550 to all
be available – if not standard – on the extra-long-wheelbase S-Class,
Thanks to: Motor Trend