no, not the same class. Somebody traded in an S Class at our dealership, and we had a newer Benz there also, compared it side by side, the older S class felt a lot classier and nicer. Just something about new Benzes i dislike. Plus the S class we got at our dealership has bulletproof windows and armored doors, dont get that factory nowadays.
I look at the mercedes of today and those older Benzes, i love how the late 90s Benzes are long, Boxy and squat low, (older S, SL, SEL 560)and how a nice set of wide wheels and drop just changes the whole personality of the car.