The W223 is the seventh generation of the S-Class produced by Mercedes-Benz. It was unveiled online on 2 September 2020.
The price list for German market has been announced on 15 September 2020, starting from 93,438 Euro for S 350 d (standard wheelbase) to 117,786.40 Euro for S 500 4MATIC (long wheelbase). On 18 May 2021, Mercedes-Benz announced the price for V8 models in Germany: €126,366 for S 580 4MATIC (standard wheelbase) and €130,055 for S 580 4MATIC (long wheelbase). The V8 models will be delivered to the customers in July 2021.
The W223 S-Class is based on the second-generation modular MRA platform and uses a four-link front suspension and multi-link independent rear suspension. Air suspension is standard and can automatically lower by 20 mm (0.79 in) at 160 km/h (99 mph) to increase stability.
Compared to the previous generation W222 S-Class, rear headroom has increased by 16 mm (0.63 in) and rear legroom has increased by 41 mm (1.6 in). Boot capacity has increased by 20 litres (0.71 cu ft) to 550 litres (19 cu ft). The W223 directs heat from the engine to the wheel arches and underbody to improve airflow and has a drag coefficient of 0.22.
All models at launch except S 350 d are offered exclusively with 4MATIC all-wheel drive. The models with six-cylinder inline petrol engines have a 48V electrical system to provide additional power when needed. This also provided the power for the air conditioning system and for recharging the battery. It is also used as a starter motor in lieu of a separate and dedicated starter motor.