The W222 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is due before the end of the year, and being the flagship it’s a very important car for Mercedes-Benz. Perhaps even more so now that the S-Class will have to move upmarket with the Pullman model and fill the shoes that Maybach was previously filling. We’ve previously already seen spyshots of this interior, but here it is revealed in full glory.
The basic layout is very familiar to those who know the W221 well. You have the a wide binnacle that covers both the instrument cluster as well as the main Comand display, a clean centre dash design that only features climate control arranged in a single line, seat controls on the door card, Comand control at the fingertips fore of the armrest – all design features that S-Class owners would already be used to.
While the fully digital instrument panel, Comand interface (now Intel Atom-powered) and rear entertainment system have been modernised, the air cond vents take on a retro look. The rectangular clock that reminded me of a Reverso is now round. The B&O sound system in the W221 has been replaced by a Burmester system with 24 speakers and a 1500W output. The ‘metalised’ buttons of the W221 continues here along with solid aluminium controls, in an interior furnished with leather and wood.
If you don’t like that typical Mercedes-Benz leather smell, there’s a new featured called an ‘active perfuming system’ that uses a atomiser function to perfume the interior in five minute on and off cycles. There are four scents available – freeside, sports, downtown and nightlife, named after ‘moods’ that the scents are supposed to give the interior.
There are a few changes that I notice though. The vertical button panel between the Comand interface and the instrument cluster is no longer home to the Airmatic controls – you will now find a button to control the rear blinds and what appears to be the rear headrests. The Airmatic suspension controls for Sport mode and increasing ride height have now been moved to the area surrounding the Comand rotary dial.