The first 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class destined for the showroom has rolled off the assembly line in the automaker's Sindelfingen plant in Germany. All S-Class models, including short- and long-wheelbase sedans and the new S-Class Coupe, will be built at the plant, which received about one billion euros (about $1.33 billion U.S.) in updates to produce the redesigned model.
"Our production is breaking the mold," said Mercedes-Benz's Andreas Renschler, in a release. "We made it fit for the future by implementing numerous new processes for manufacturing the S-Class."
With a vast range of available options, the automaker claims it's unlikely any two S-Class sedans will be exactly the same during the flagship model's production run.
The automaker has invested heavily in the plant for production of the sixth-generation S-Class. Plant employees have undergone training to assemble the new chassis and body, which are constructed from a mixture of aluminum and steel. Other investments include a more efficient assembly process that reduces the amount of energy consumed per vehicle produced by about 20 percent. Late last year, we reported on Mercedes' decision to cut S-Class production from two shifts to just one, but the new model should have no problem keeping demand high this year.
When the 2014 S-Class sedan arrives in the U.S., it will be powered by a 455-hp twin-turbo 4.7-liter V-8 mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. Expect more engine choices to follow, including hybrid and diesel variants as well as 12-cylinder options. Rear-drive models are expected to arrive in U.S. showrooms in September, while all-wheel-drive models should show up in November.