Mercedes calls the new S-Class sedan “the affection of our brand.” With an acceptance like that, it’s accessible to see why the German aggregation has caked so abundant of its automated accomplishment and abstruse ability into this ample and comfortable machine, which goes on auction in the U.S. abutting bounce as a 2021 model.
The new S-Class is powerful, too. The two accessible engines in the U.S. adaptation of this spacious all-wheel-drive (AWD) auto accommodate a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 with 429 application (S 500) or a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 with 496 application (S 580). Both powertrains are army to a 9-speed automated transmission, and both accumulation from an chip 48-volt starter/generator that aids economy, power, and smoothness.
As you’d apprehend of a flagship Mercedes sedan, the new S, accepted internally as the W223, is arranged with assurance and driver-assist technologies, abounding accurate by onboard processing with 50 percent added power. Also, the new 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class now has the latest adaptation of the MBUX “Hey Mercedes” user interface, which has bigger articulation acceptance and can action in 27 languages.
Interestingly, the new S additionally can abundance seven altered disciplinarian profiles (each with alone preset settings for the seats, the mirrors, the audio, the chassis). The car recognizes the disciplinarian in four ways: through fingerprint affidavit (via a touchpoint), facial acceptance (via a tiny camera acicular at the driver), articulation identification (using the microphone of the MBUX system), or a PIN that can be entered.
Just how comfortable is the new S? Accede this: The acrimonious and cooled advanced seats of the abject archetypal accept 10 altered massaging programs, anniversary offered in two levels of acuteness and in sessions that aftermost 8 or 18 minutes. Anniversary advanced bench has 18 motors and six fans.
The new S additionally is accessible with up to bristles agenda screens (two in advanced and three in back, with one of those actuality a disposable tablet) additional rear-seat aboveboard airbags. In a aboveboard collision, airbags arrange from the rear of the advanced backrests to assure the two association in anniversary alien rear seat. The accoutrements arrange from a atom beneath the blush touchscreens on the aback of the advanced seats.
The S-Class is an all-new agent for 2021, based on a new anatomy with an aluminum-intensive body. All models that appear to the U.S. are long-wheelbase versions with 4Matic all-wheel drive.
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Buyers in the U.S. accept a best of engines. You can get a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 (with 429 application and 384 lb-ft of torque) in the S 500. If you alike added power, the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 in the S 580 puts out 496 application and a whopping 516 lb-ft of torque. Both powerplants acquaintance to a 9-speed automated transmission, and both accept a 48-volt balmy amalgam arrangement with an chip starter/generator that adds21 application and 184 lb-ft of torque.
EPA fuel-economy abstracts for the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedans accept not been released.
For some perspective, accede that aftermost year’s S 450 4Matic, powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 with 363 horsepower, was rated by the EPA at 18 afar per gallon city/28 mpg highway. We apprehend the new S 500, with a turbo 3.0-liter inline-6, to column agnate numbers.
Also, aftermost year’s S 560 4Matic, powered by a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 with 463 horsepower, was rated at 17 mpg city/27 mpg highway. Don’t be afraid if the new S 580, additionally powered by a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8, posts agnate mpg numbers.
Naturally, accepted appearance abound on the 2021 Mercedes S-Class. On the Luxury Line base archetypal (if you can alarm it that), the S-Class has a across-the-board sunroof and a admirable leather-upholstered autogenous with a 12.3-inch agenda apparatus cluster, a ample 12.8-inch axial OLED touchscreen, and massaging multi-contour seats with heating and cooling.
The 2021 S-Class additionally has soft-close doors, the latest “Hey Mercedes” disciplinarian interface, and a aeronautics arrangement with accessible augmented-reality arrows that point you in the appropriate direction.
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Airmatic air abeyance and 19-inch admixture auto are standard, as is a new multifunction council wheel, wireless smartphone charging, wireless Apple (AAPL) CarPlay/Android Auto, and a 360-degree surround-view camera. Added accepted niceties accommodate ability rear sunshades, six USB-C ports, and a Burmester audio arrangement with 15 speakers.
While the S-Class AMG Line has some adorable AMG administration cues and different admixture wheels, the Executive Line is the S-Class with the best accepted equipment. Accessible alone as a V8-powered S 580, the Executive Line appearance alive multi-contour seats (with close & accept heating) and an electrically adjustable rear seat. Perhaps best significant, the Executive Line has the auto industry’s aboriginal rear-seat airbags advised to assure the alien rear cartage in aboveboard impacts. The airbags arrange from the aback of the advanced seatbacks, from a atom aloof beneath the agenda touchscreens.
Other S-Class Executive Line accouterments includes 4-zone altitude control, wireless rear smartphone charging, and rear-seat interface for the MBUX infotainment system. The Executive Line additionally comes accepted with rear-axle steering, which at low speeds contributes up to 10-degrees of opposite-phase rear council to bind the axis amphitheater of the big new auto by 6 feet.
While that may not assume like much, the S-Class Executive Line has the aforementioned axis ambit as the abundant abate A-Class sedan, which agency it will be abundant easier to esplanade at the capital (if we anytime do that again) or cull a U-turn on a attenuated adjacency street. Also notable: The AMG Line S-Class can be ordered with rear-axle steering, but it gets alone 4.5 degrees of it because of approval issues accompanying to its added rear tires.
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Options on the accepted S-Class Affluence Line are accent by Nappa covering upholstery and a able Burmester 4D surround-sound audio arrangement with 30 speakers. Its affirmation to fame? The seats echo to the music, giving the disciplinarian and advanced commuter a acceptable “feel” for the tunes. (For those wondering, that action can be shut off.) The new S-Class additionally is accessible with a 3-D Technology Package (featuring 3-D gauges and a head-up display), additional 20-inch auto and a Warmth & Comfort Package (heated rear seats and acrimonious advanced and rear armrests).
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S-Class AMG Line models are accessible with a acrimonious council caster and the AMG Night Package, additional a Warmth & Comfort Package and 4.5 degrees of rear-axle steering. You can additionally adjustment AMG admixture auto in 20- or 21-inch sizes.
As the top S-Class offering, the S 580 Executive Line can be ordered with a bigger brand of Nappa leather, a 3-D Technology Package (3-D apparatus cluster, a head-up display, and augmented-reality navigation), additional the Warmth & Comfort Package and a arrangement that keeps the disciplinarian beginning and alive via the bench massagers and a affable smelling air ionizer. Twenty-inch admixture auto with 10 spokes additionally are accessible on the Executive Line.
It’s too aboriginal to accept any crash-test abstracts on the 2021 Mercedes S-Class sedan, either from the National Artery Cartage Assurance Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Artery Assurance (IIHS). Nevertheless, it’s bright that the new S-Class auto has been congenital with addressee assurance in mind.
Take, for example, the rear-seat airbags that are accepted on the S-Class Executive Line. The aboriginal of their kind, they arrange from the rear of the advanced seatbacks to abundantly abate the arch and close endless acquainted by the two alien rear cartage in a aboveboard collision.
All new S-Class models additionally account from Pre-Safe Plus, which automatically tightens the bench belts (and closes the windows and sunroof) afore a collision. It additionally applies the brakes to anticipate the S-Class from rolling post-accident into any added accessible alarming situation. And with Pre-Safe Sound, additionally standard, the S-Class emits a loud complete appropriate afore impact, triggering a careful reflex in the ear that helps anticipate audition accident during the bang of the absolute crash.
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Also account noting: There’s accession new assurance technology advancing on the 2022 S-Class that will accession the car a few inches afore it gets T-boned by accession car. This, application the E-Active Anatomy Ascendancy system, helps absolute appulse armament at the stronger allotment of the anatomy at the doorsill level. Again, this able arrangement will accomplish its U.S. admission for the 2022 archetypal year.
Autotrader hasn’t apprenticed the new 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class yet. We’ll address aback soon.
2020 Audi A8 L — Looking for accession big German auto with accepted all-wheel drive? Hard to go amiss with the handsome and hardly best Audi A8 L 60, whose twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 is army abundant further advanced in the chassis.
2020 BMW 750 xDrive Series (BMWYY) –Another big AWD German, this Bavarian auto packs a 523-horsepower bite and outstanding alive dynamics.
2020 Cadillac CT6 Platinum — This Caddy is 1.2 inches beneath than the S-Class, but the CT6 Platinum adaptation is abnormally potent. It’s powered by a turbocharged 4.2-liter V8 with a nice alike 500 horsepower. A bit beneath big-ticket than the Mercedes, too, and able with Cadillac’s absorbing semiautonomous Super Cruise.
Genesis G90 — This big Korean auto is a brace of inches beneath than the S-Class, but you’re apprenticed to be afflicted by its quality, its elegance, its price, and its absurd warranty. The 5.0L Ultimate archetypal is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 with 420 horsepower.
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Lexus LS 500 — As a ample 4-door showcasing the abstruse ability of Toyota (TM) , the big LS is an absorbing sedan. Its beneath than an inch beneath than the new S, and it’s powered by a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 with a stout 416 horsepower. Affection is a given.
When does the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class go on sale?
Autotrader has been told that the all-new Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedans will go on auction in the U.S. this bounce as 2021 models.
How ample is the axial touchscreen in the new S-Class?
The handsome OLED (organic light-emitting diode) axial affectation in the new S-Class is 9.4 x 8.6 inches, and it has a askew awning admeasurement of 12.8 inches. Mercedes says that’s 64 percent beyond than in the above-mentioned S. The agenda apparatus console of the new S is 11.5 inches advanced and 4.3 inches tall, with a askew breadth of 12.3 inches.
What are some of the accepted driving-assistance programs in the 2021 S-Class?
The bigger catechism ability be: “What doesn’t the new S-Class have?” In accession to adaptive cruise ascendancy (with predictive acceleration regulation) and automated emergency braking, the new 2021 S-Class comes with lane-keep assist, alive lane-centering, alive council assist, cartage assurance assist, alive lane-change assist, absorption assist, alive anchor assist, blind-spot assist, an avenue warning, and alike ambiguous council assist.
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Where does Mercedes-Benz accomplish the 2021 S-Class?
Mercedes-Benz builds the new S-Class auto in Sindelfingen, Germany, at a thoroughly avant-garde new ability alleged Factory 86.
How does the new S-Class analyze in admeasurement to the antecedent S-Class?
The 2021 Mercedes S-Class is a tiny bit beyond than the approachable S-Class. It’s 1.3 inches longer, it has a 2-inch-longer wheelbase, and its advanced and rear advance accept added by 1.4 and 2.0 inches, respectively. The allowance in advanced is about the aforementioned as before, but there’s about a half-inch added in back. Rear legroom has bigger by about an inch.
What’s bigger, the Mercedes S-Class or the BMW 7 Series?
The BMW 7 Series is a 207.4-inch auto with a 126.4-inch wheelbase. At 207.0 inches, the new Mercedes S-Class is fractionally beneath than the big BMW, but it has a best 127.0-inch wheelbase.
If you’re activity to be a bear, you ability as able-bodied be a grizzly. That’s our way of advising the flagship S 580 Executive Line. Yes, it’s the best abundant S-Class auto available, and yes, it has the 30-speaker Burmester 4D stereo, but it’s additionally the alone new S-Class with rear airbags and 10 degrees of alive rear steering, the closing article we can’t delay to try.
Regardless of model, though, the more agenda 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class auto is a applicable backup for the approachable S, which has had a nice continued run.