Mike Stevens | Sep 5, 2012

Mercedes-Benz has kicked off the teaser campaign for its all-new S-Class flagship, unveiling a new relief sculpture titled Aesthetics S.

While the artwork reveals little not already spied on lightly-camouflaged test cars this year, it is clear that the new limo will feature Merc's new upright grille style and tight character lines.

The sweeping roofline of the current model will evolve further in the new S, with a taller belt-line and lower canopy creating a more dramatic coupe-like profile.

"The sculpture highlights the artistic aspects of design," Mercedes design boss Gorden Wagener said.

"With the design and proportions of "Aesthetics S", we are communicating a modern sense of status, sensual shapes and stylish sportiness."

It was believed that Mercedes would reveal the new S-Class at this month's Paris Motor Show, but it is this sculpture that will instead dominate the German carmaker's display.

Little else is known about the new S-Class, although reports out of Europe suggest the big saloon's engine range will include a V12, V6 and V8 - all twin-turbocharged.

Hybrid options will also exist, and the range of hybrid powertrains is expected to grow. Currently, only one hybrid model exists in the W221 S-Class line up - the S 400 Bluehybrid.

The all-new "W222" S-Class is expected to launch later this year with the short-wheelbase model, to be followed by the long-wheelbase limousine in 2013.

A coupe and a four-door convertible variant are also rumoured to be in the works, however it's unlikely we'll hear more about these until next year.

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