The Mercedes-Benz W221
is a chassis code of S-Class
, the successor of Mercedes-Benz W220
The vehicle was unveiled in 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show.
The W221 S-Class' exterior styling is distinctly different to the W220. The rear styling is similar to the Mercedes-Benz Maybach
- the larger saloon from Daimler AG's flagship brand, which was presented to public in 1997.
Inside, the W221's interior is also significantly different from the preceding model. The interior features an instrument cluster shroud that also contains the navigation screen, with silver effect air vents below, and a square, analog clock
within the vents. Below the vents are metal tab switches with a black field behind them, to control the HVAC
system. On the center console, a metal control wheel for the COMAND
system sits above a piece of wood, surrounded by metal buttons. Throughout the interior, many buttons are metal, with black fields above them denoting the switches' function.
The W221 is slightly larger in all dimensions than the W220, with a longer wheelbase
and more interior room.
The S-Class is only available in the long-wheelbase form in the USA.
The revised 2010 S-Class was announced on Apr 08, 2009 at Stuttgart. The minor model update includes minor cosmetic changes and several new features: