Mercedes even camouflages the door handles. What could the company be hiding?

Mercedes-Benz does not want anyone getting a good look at the next-gen Mercedes-Benz S-Class saloon, even when the German company is testing the luxury saloon on public roads. While short, this spy video catches a pair of them cruising around the city.

S-Class Development Moves Forward:

The heavy camouflage and body cladding makes it very difficult to get a good idea of what the new S-Class looks like. In terms of size, the saloon appears a little longer, though. Covering the door handles suggests that Mercedes has something clever to hide there, like possibly making them flush with the body. Up front, a large black panel is likely a sensor for a next-gen driver assistance system. The purple headlight illumination is possibly from Mercedes' Digital Light technology that features over a million micromirrors to direct the light and avoid dazzling people.

Underneath the skin, the S-Class reportedly adopts a new chassis. A combination of aluminium and carbon fibre reinforced plastic would help it shed quite a bit of weight, even if the footprint is larger.

Gallery: 2020 Mercedes S-Class new spy photos

Earlier spy shots (above) caught the heavily camouflaged cabin of an S-Class test mule. The saloon features a gargantuan tablet in front of the driver for the instruments. The HVAC vents have mounting points that appear oddly high. This suggests a large portion of the centre stack below them might be a digital display, too. The rear seats appear quite spacious, too.

The current speculation suggests Mercedes would introduce the new S-Class in 2020. There's still plenty of time for the engineers to fine tune the luxury saloon to make it perfect.