The exterior of the all-new Mercedes-Benz S-Class has been completely uncovered by CarAdvice's spy photographers who captured it during an official photo shoot in Europe.

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The images come almost two months out from the scheduled unveiling of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class in May, and appear on the same day that the premium German manufacturer released official images of the luxury limousine’s lavish interior.

The sixth-generation Mercedes-Benz flagship sedan is set to reach Australian showrooms around the end of 2013, following its mid-year European launch.

As the images reveal, the new S-Class draws inspiration from the dramatic Mercedes-Benz F700 concept of 2008, and shares cues from the latest evolution of the brand’s design language with the updated E-Class.

A broad four-slat chrome grille dominates the front end. It sits proudly at the edge of a smooth bonnet, flanked by elegant LED-bedazzled headlights and above a contoured bumper with subtly aggressive intakes.

An equally striking set of blazing red LED tail-lights defines the rear end of the new S-Class, with the sweeping lines of the rear pillars and boot adding a newfound sense of motion and the intricate chrome detailing around the tailpipes enhancing the luxury saloon’s sporting flair.

While retaining a similar profile to the outgoing model, the new S-Class trades its bulbous wheel arches for tighter, more streamlined flares. Twin character lines running between the arches add greater definition to the side panels. Cross-drilled brake rotors are also visible in the side-on shots.

The new S-Class will showcase a host of new safety features and other technologies, including an evolution of the company’s PreSafe collision avoidance technology with 26 sensors and cameras and 360-degree vision capability, adaptive cruise control with steering assistance at speeds between 0-200km/h, world-first bulb-less LED headlamps and an equally innovative underbody ‘braking’ airbag.

The covers will come off the all-new Mercedes-Benz S-Class at a special event in Hamburg, Germany, on May 15.

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