The cabin of the all-new Mercedes-Benz S-class has been shown in this set of spy pictures. Mercedes bosses have previously claimed the new S-class will “redefine cabins”, and these pictures reveal a much more hi-tech interior than that of the current S-class.

The centre console is dominated by a new widescreen display. This is understood to be able to be operated by touch, or by using the large rotary knob mounted on the centre tunnel.

Neatly surrounding this knob is a series of switches to control functions including the multimedia system, gearbox efficiency mode and the chassis settings of the new Magic Ride Control adaptive ride technology that Mercedes is understood to be introducing for the new model.

Another additions for the new S-class’s cabin include a digital instrument panel that’s likely to have different graphics options, a new steering wheel and a switch to circular vents. The cabin of the test mule also features traditional wood and leather trim.

The overall feel of the cabin is one that’s less cluttered and with much less switchgear than the current S-class. The new car will go on sale in 2013.