2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class: First Look

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Today Mercedes-Benz debuts the next-generation flagship S-Class sedan with a new exterior design, upgraded interior luxury and innovative new technologies including the second-generation Mercedes-Benz User Experience infotainment system. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan also premieres two new engines with EQ Boost, a new level of standard Intelligent Drive, more advanced driver-assist systems and advanced LED technology for interactive ambient lighting.

© Mercedes-Benz USAExterior Design
The latest iteration of Mercedes-Benz design language applied to the new S-Class can be called evolutionary with subtle but important updates, starting with a longer hood, reshaped grille and wider headlights. The C-pillars flow into the sculpted rear fenders, exterior door handles are flush with the bodywork, and the reshaped taillights are wider and connected by trim at the upper edges. The new S-Class is longer than its predecessor and also sports a longer wheelbase and wider track.

© Mercedes-Benz USAInterior Design
The focal point of the all-new interior design of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is a 12.8-inch OLED center touchscreen for the MBUX infotainment and navigation system. The unit extends up from the center console in front of the dash — a departure from the previous model that had the digital instrument cluster and MBUX screen positioned as a single wide screen under a single hood. The S-Class features a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a new steering wheel with capacitive touch control buttons.

© Mercedes-Benz USAHigh-Tech Comfort
The interior is designed to evoke a feeling of more space and more comfort for both front- and rear-seat occupants. The standard front Active Multicontour seats include leather; rapid heating and ventilating; massage; 4-position memory; lumbar support and comfort head restraints. Standard equipment also includes a panorama sunroof; soft-close doors; an air balance package with ionization and active fragrance; power rear sun blinds; a 360-degree surround-view camera with new 3D view assist; 64-color active ambient lighting; and a Burmester 3D surround sound system with sound personalization.

© Mercedes-Benz USA3D Digital Instrument Cluster
The available 3D instrument cluster in the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class provides 3D warning for the driver-assist systems, including a 3D display that provides a view of the vehicle surroundings with 3D images of cars, trucks, buses or motorcycles.

© Mercedes-Benz USAMercedes-Benz User Experience
The next-generation MBUX can be operated by voice control, the center touchscreen and/or by touch control buttons on the steering wheel. The verbal cue “Hey Mercedes” brings the system to life, and it has learning capabilities and natural language understanding. When navigation is active, the augmented video for navigation displays a video image of the area and arrows or house numbers get superimposed over the image in the display. An augmented reality head-up display system projects images in the head-up display field.

© Mercedes-Benz USANew Turbocharged Engines
The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class will be offered as the S 500 4MATIC and S 580 4MATIC, both powered via a turbocharged EQ Boost engine combined with a 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission and 4MATIC all-wheel drive. The S 500 4MATIC gets powered from a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline 6-cylinder engine producing 429 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque, and the S 580 4MATIC gets powered by a 4.0-liter Biturbo V8 engine producing 496 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. Both variants are equipped with a 48-volt electrical system and an integrated starter-generator that provides EQ Boost and energy recovery. EQ Boost adds an additional 184 lb-ft of torque and 21 horsepower for short periods.

© Mercedes-Benz USARear-Axle Steering
The new S-Class offers available rear-axle steering to improve agility and maneuverability. The system has either 4.5 or 10 degrees of rear steering angle. When equipped with all-wheel steering and 10 degrees of rear steering angle, the turning radius of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is reduced by up to 7 feet, enabling a turning radius of less than 36 feet.

© Mercedes-Benz USASmooth Ride
The 2021 S-Class gets fitted with AIRMATIC air suspension with continuously adjustable active ADS+ dampers as standard equipment. The 48-volt fully active E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL offers a wide range of handling characteristics that can be set through Drive Mode control, from comfort to performance. The E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL responds proactively to driving conditions based on the setting selected by the driver. In Curve mode, the car actively leans into corners to reduce the lateral load on occupants.

© Mercedes-Benz USARear-Passenger Airbags
In a first for Mercedes-Benz, the new S-Class offers frontal airbags for rear-seat passengers with an innovative tubular structure to rapidly inflate and position the airbag yet also deploy it gently. During severe frontal collisions, the rear airbag can considerably reduce the impact on heads and necks of occupants in the outer rear seats.

© Mercedes-Benz USABurmester High-End 4D Surround Sound
The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class offers a Burmester High-End 4D Surround Sound system that includes 30 speakers, all with their own amplifier channel with digital and analog filters for a total output of up to 1,750 watts, including an output of 400 watts for the subwoofer bass speaker in the trunk. The system uses resonators featuring sound massage with surround speakers integrated into the seats, as well as clear voice reproduction. The Burmester system also includes a sound personalization function for sound reproduction, VIP seat function to optimize the sound for individual seats, along with multichannel audio formats and five sound profiles including Pure, Live, Easy Listening, Surround and 3D-Sound.

© Mercedes-Benz USALuxury Line
The Luxury Line available for the 2021 S-Class adds a heated steering wheel; the Burmester High-End 4D Surround Sound; a 3D Technology Package with 3D instrument cluster and MBUX augmented reality head-up display; a Warmth & Comfort Package with a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear armrests, heated rear seats; electronic and memory rear seats; and an Energizing Comfort health and wellness system designed to boost a driver’s attentiveness and well-being and reduce sleepiness and stress; Nappa leather upholstery; a choice of trim options; and 20-inch 10-spoke wheels.

© Mercedes-Benz USAAMG Line
The available AMG Line on the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class adds AMG body styling, AMG floormats and a choice of AMG wheels. Options include a heated steering wheel, the Burmester High-End 4D Surround Sound system, a 3D Technology Package, a Warmth & Comfort Package, a Night Package, AMG-exclusive Nappa leather upholstery, 4.5-degree rear-axle steering and 20-inch or 21-inch AMG wheels.

© Mercedes-Benz USAExecutive Line
The Executive Line is offered exclusively for the S 580 4MATIC and includes Active Multicontour rear seats; electric adjustable rear seats; rear passenger airbags and rear beltbags; 4-zone climate control; a Rear Energizing Comfort Package; an MBUX rear tablet and two wireless headsets; an MBUX High-End rear-seat entertainment system with two integrated high-resolution 11.6-inch touchscreens with full-HD camera and microphone; a Warmth & Comfort Package; and 10-degree rear-axle steering. Options include exclusive Nappa leather upholstery, the aforementioned Burmester High-End 4D Surround Sound, a 3D Technology Package, a choice of trim options and 20-inch 10-spoke wheels.

© Mercedes-Benz USADriver-Assist Tech
The new S-Class includes a plethora of driver-assist technologies such as active distance assist DISTRONIC adaptive cruise control, active stop-and-go assist, active steering assist, active brake assist with cross-traffic function, active blind-spot assist, active lane-keeping assist and active parking assist.

© Mercedes-Benz USA2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
The 2021 S-Class is expected to arrive at U.S. dealers in the first half of 2021. Pricing has not been announced.

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