Mercedes-Benz is on a roll with the 2014 S-Class. We just recently drove the 2014 S550 and the German automaker debuted the 2014 S63 AMG sports sedan earlier this week. Our spy shooters have now caught the next S-Class variant -- an extra-long-wheelbase model – out testing again.
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 V-12-powered S-Classes.
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, too.