It is lastly S-Class time once more, everyone. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class simply premiered to the world with as a lot pomp and circumstance as is feasible throughout a world pandemic. Just like each S-Class that has preceded this new mannequin, the brand new one will function the model’s flagship and home plenty of new applied sciences/improvements by no means seen in previous Mercedes. Over the years, a few of these will possible trickle all the way down to lesser Mercedes fashions, however the 2021 S-Class is unequalled in the meanwhile. So, let’s dig into what’s new.
Mercedes isn’t flipping the script with the brand new S-Class on the subject of exterior design. It nonetheless seems to be like a big, conventional sedan, and it doesn’t stray too removed from what the earlier S-Class resembles. That mentioned, it’s clearly a brand new design once you have a look at the 2 side-by-side. The new S-Class has a brand new grille form, completely different headlights, revised air intakes and plenty of different tiny tweaks that each one contribute to creating it seem new up entrance. The most noticeable design change on the perimeters are new flush-mounted door handles that current themselves when an proprietor walks as much as the automobile. It’s Mercedes’ first software of electrical door handles on this model, so we’re curious to see how they function in apply versus many different electrical door handles already utilized in different autos.
The rear finish design is modified up much more than the entrance. Mercedes switched the orientation of the taillights from vertical to horizontal, permitting the brand new LEDs to bleed across the fringe of the rear bumper. The silver strip of chrome has moved upward to line the sting of the taillights and now stretches from one facet of the automobile to the opposite. Additionally, the rear marker lights have moved additional up within the bumper, giving the refined, large exhaust ideas extra room to breathe. It’s a great trying automobile as a complete. Mercedes performed it protected with such a standard design, nevertheless it suits the S-Class persona completely, and it has the potential to be timeless.
Only the sedan is being revealed right now, and we solely get to find out about two completely different engine choices. The normal 2021 S-Class is the S500 4Matic, and the improve is the S580 4Matic. You get Mercedes’ spectacular 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six engine with the S500. It makes 429 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque on this guise, aided by Mercedes’ EQ Boost system. Just like each different Mercedes with this powertrain setup, the S-Class runs on a 48-volt electrical structure that powers plenty of necessary capabilities. The improve S580 additionally takes benefit of the 48-volt structure, nevertheless it’s powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. Output is as much as 496 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque for this mannequin. Both use Mercedes’ nine-speed computerized transmission for shifting duties. Unfortunately, 0-60 mph instances aren’t but obtainable. Both fashions are extra highly effective than their predecessors, however not by a very great amount. We count on the V12 to return in a future Maybach mannequin, and an AMG variant can’t be too far behind both.
The press launch claims that “only floating is better” on the subject of the journey of the brand new S-Class. An air suspension is normal, however the optionally available E-Active Body Control suspension is the true catch. It operates identical to the system does on the GLE and GLS crossovers, individually regulating the damping and spring forces at every wheel. The physique doesn’t squat or pitch with this suspension — Mercedes says the extent of adjustability permits the automobile to be snug on poor pavement, however stiff sufficient to hustle like a sports activities automobile should you so select. We’ve written concerning the four-wheel steering system that Mercedes has utilized to the brand new S-Class already, however this can even make it extra agile on a twisty highway along with slicing down the turning radius to compact automobile measurement.
Now, onto a very powerful a part of an S-Class: the inside. Mercedes completely redesigned it to appear like a lounge, and an expensive lounge at that. The variety of bodily buttons has decreased dramatically. A brand new, large 12.8-inch display screen dominates the entire central space — it runs a brand new and improved model of MBUX that’s extra highly effective than ever earlier than. A row of buttons traces the underside of the display screen, however Mercedes has determined it’s time to place the HVAC controls into the touchscreen. Subtle, however stylish horizontal air vents are seen within the heart, whereas lengthy, vertical vents might be seen on the outer edges of the sprint.
Mercedes is sort of pleased with its new local weather management system within the new S-Class. It’ll heat up on winter days a lot faster than earlier than because of a booster heater that’s powered off the automobile’s 48-volt system. It warms up the inside quickly, and most necessary, permits scorching air to be felt proper once you begin the automobile. There’s a brand new perfume system on this S-Class too, bringing with it “Bamboo Mood” and “Cotton Mood” smells. The earlier smells had been questionable, so we’re desirous to see if Mercedes has improved this bizarre function.
Moving again to the screens, the digital instrument cluster is one other revolutionary piece of tech for Mercedes. It includes a 3-D impact that makes the show come out on the driver with out the necessity for 3-D glasses. The impact might be turned off, however it is a first in any new automobile. For even larger weirdness, the head-up show can now venture augmented actuality content material onto the highway forward of you. For instance, the route to “turn left” will seem as an arrow 32 ft forward of you on the highway the place you have to be turning. Sound a bit overkill? Sure, nevertheless it sounds fairly freakin’ cool additionally.
The again seat can have as much as three screens when absolutely decked out. Each rear passenger (in four-seat configuration) will get an 11.6-inch touchscreen plastered to the again of the entrance headrests that permit them to manage plenty of car controls. Additionally, a seven-inch pill within the heart can do the identical. “Hey Mercedes” performance is even added for backseat passengers on the 2021 automobile. Mercedes says its (generally overbearing) voice assistant is improved for this mannequin. You can use it with out the activation phrase for some duties, give it consecutive directions with out breaking and actually have a extra regular dialog with it. Mercedes says it’ll offer you solutions to extra basic questions, and even present animal noises. Neat.
More luxurious than earlier than is clearly on the desk, too. More seat motors and followers (for air flow) are used than ever earlier than, and Mercedes’ Energizing seat kinetics program is out there for the primary time in an S-Class, too. An array of therapeutic massage applications might be chosen, and the backseat is a splendid place to spend time as soon as once more. New for this yr is a heatable cushion on the headrest on the outer rear seats that hold the occupant’s head and neck heat. There’s a teensy bit extra legroom than the earlier S-Class, and you’ll recline a hair extra, too. Backseat passengers are much more protected through the brand new rear seat frontal airbag we detailed beforehand.
For these audiophiles, Mercedes has you coated with a brand new (and optionally available) Burmester “4-D” encompass sound system. It makes use of 30 audio system and eight resonators to provide the sound expertise. What are the resonators for, you ask. Mercedes places two at the back of every seat, they usually reproduce the “sound resonance” for much more “tangible” listening. The depth of the resonators might be individually adjusted for every seat, in case your passengers aren’t feeling as much as experiencing sound within the fourth dimension. Speakers close to the driving force’s ear can enhance the sound expertise even additional, making it so solely the driving force can hear infotainment sounds or navigation instructions. Mercedes says it is managed to make the cabin even quieter and higher remoted than earlier than, so you’ll be able to waft alongside in silence or be fully immersed in music
The final bit we’ll contact on for the brand new S-Class is its driver help methods. It’s getting nearer to having the ability to drive itself, however we’re not there but. Mercedes is utilizing the identical touch-sensitive steering wheel we noticed on the E-Class within the new S-Class. There’s additionally a brand new animated show that permits you to see a 3-D depiction of what’s occurring round you in actual time. This is right here so drivers can get an thought of what the automobile is seeing with its quite a few radar sensors and cameras.
Mercedes says the lane-centering works a lot better than earlier than, even on winding nation roads. It’s additionally capable of monitor alongside when there’s no heart line and simply comply with the highway edge as a substitute. This Active Steering Assist works at speeds as much as 130 mph. The adaptive cruise management is now capable of present an emergency stopping maneuver from speeds as much as 80 mph (was 35 mph), and it additionally options predictive velocity regulation forward of velocity restrict modifications. Ambient lighting has labored its manner into the driving force help system. You can see how pivotal the lighting is to the inside design in all of the images, nevertheless it’ll mild up in warning colours once you stray too near a line. Mercedes has vastly improved the ambient lights within the new S-Class, too, vastly growing the quantity and high quality of the LEDs.
And that’s the place we’ll depart you for now. Mercedes says the brand new S-Class will likely be obtainable within the U.S. through the first half of 2021. Pricing isn’t set but, nevertheless it ought to are available round $100,000 for the bottom sedan.