Is this the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class?

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class leaked photoThe Mercedes-Benz S-Class has always been a leader in automotive tech, so the arrival of a new model is always a cause for celebration and speculation.

Kicking off the latter is this unofficial glimpse at the new-for-2014 S-Class, codenamed W222. The photo was leaked to the French website blogautomobile.

Based on what we can see so far, the S-Class is in for a pretty thorough restyle. The current model’s bulbous curves have been replaced with a larger grille and headlights sporting the now-obligatory LEDs.

The detailing, including a curved strake from the headlights to just above the rear wheel well, brings the S-Class in line with the more evocative styling of the CLA-Class, Concept GLA, and the facelifted 2014 E-Class.

However, what will really set the 2014 S-Class apart is tech. The S-Class has historically been a technological harbinger, introducing features like air bags and traction control that are now commonplace.

We’ve already shown you photos of the 2014 S-Class’ interior, and it is packed with tech, including an iOS-integrated version of Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment system that syncs apps to the car, a 3D Burmester sound system, and an “Air Balance Package” that can dispense perfume.

More information on the 2014 S-Class should trickle out in the coming weeks. The car is scheduled to debut at a private event in Germany, with production to begin in August. Cars will arrive in showrooms by September.