New S-Class arrives next spring in Canada.
It introduces the 2nd generation of Benz’s MBUX.
More than 70% of S-Class owners go on to purchase another Mercedes-Benz.
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class enters its 7th generation more than ever focused on passengers and their senses. With technology capable of anticipating one’s actions and desires, the S-Class will connect with its occupants and keep them safe, comfortable, and entertained.
Of the 77 pages of Mercedes-Benz’s press material on the new S-Class, fewer than six pages are dedicated to the car’s styling and aerodynamics. This is possibly due in part to the fact that the new W223 generation S-Class’s exterior style is evolutionary. Having said that, it changed considerably, looks impressively sorted and luxurious, and is one of the most aerodynamic cars in the world with a Cd figure from 0.22.
Physically, the new S-Class, both the short and the long-wheelbase versions, has grown in almost every considerable direction. Some of the greatest gains were made in the wheelbase where the shorter S-Class’ is only 6 cm (2.4 inches) shorter than the previous generation’s long wheelbase.
Clearly, the 2021 S-Class is about comfort and space. Today, comfort is highly associated with being connected and this car fast-forwards connectivity. The second generation of MBUX, a learn-capable system and now 50% more powerful, can now be accessed through up to five large screens, in part with OLED technology, which can be personalized. It will be possible and easy to share screen contents between onboard screens, including the available twin rear 11.6-inch displays.
Of the countless to access information onboard the S-Class, the larger of the two available HUD provides augmented reality (AR) content with animated turn-off arrows on an area that corresponds to a monitor with a 77-inch diagonal that appears virtually at a distance of 10 metres. Convenience also comes in the form of a system that better understands voice commands in up to 27 languages.
The system’s voice assistant “Hey Mercedes” is even more learn- and dialogue-capable than previously and will now even answer general knowledge questions. The most innovative aspect of MBUX 2.0 is its Interior Assist that recognizes and anticipates the wishes and intentions of the occupants via cameras in the overhead control panel. By decoding head direction, hand movements, and body language, the car responds with corresponding vehicle functions.
MBUX will also include a Smart Home function which will serve as a mobile command center for the home. As homes are increasingly becoming intelligent, it will be possible to communicate with the house. The MBUX Smart Home function will support various devices offered by important smart home suppliers that will respond to commands from the car, inputted by occupants. For example, checking in on movement in the house will be as simple as: “Hey Mercedes, is there anybody in my home right now?” “I’ve had a look. The last movement detected was in the kitchen one hour ago.”
While connected with your mind, your body will rest easy in the lounge-like cabin. All immediate surroundings are dedicated to well-being and comfort whether sitting upfront or in the rear. Up to 19 motors in the front seats enable the occupant to find the ideal setting, both in support and temperature. And let’s not forget the 10 available massaging programs.
In the rear, there are up to five different arrangements, as either a work or a rest area. For all, Mercedes-Benz has improved their ENERGIZING comfort control with innovations such as a massage based on vibrating motors and resonance transmission by the Burmester 4D surround sound system.
Powering the new 2021 Mercedes-Benz S 500 4MATIC short wheelbase, the base version of the car in Canada, will be a biturbo 3.0-litre V6 with an integrated starter generator (ISG) and a 48-volt onboard electrical. System output is rated at 429-horsepower and 384 lb.-ft. of torque while the EQ Boost provides a further 184 lb.-ft. of torque and 21 horsepower for a short period.
The S 580 long wheelbase will get a biturbo 4.0-litre V8 which produces 496 horsepower and 516 lb.-ft. of torque. It too will be enhanced by the same EC Boost technology. Sometime after the initial launch, a plug-in hybrid version with approximately 100 km of EV range will also be offered.
Rear-axle steering, two variations in fact, will be optional with the S-Class. The difference will be the number of degrees the rear axle will be permitted to achieve. The 10° variant will see its wheel size limited to 255/40R20 while the 4.5° will not be limited in this fashion.
Optional from the 2022 model year, the fully active E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL suspension will offer a unique blend of supreme comfort and impressive agility, plus additional protection in the event of a lateral collision. On this point, the E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL will also be available with PRE-SAFE Impulse Side where the suspension will raise the body by 80 mm when a potential side crash is recognized. The standard AIRMATIC air suspension with continuously adjustable damping ADS+ will ensure that the suspension and control systems constantly deliver maximum stability and safety.
The new 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class will be technically ready for Level 3 autonomous driving thanks to its DRIVE PILOT technology. This system will not be available in Canada at launch however its goal will be to enable the mobile home office. The same applies to the Mercedes-Benz Remote Parking assist, or an Automated Valet Parking system. Despite this, the S-Class will still be loaded with all the latest active safety features Active Distance Assist, Active Steering Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist (from 60 to 250 km/h) and Active Lane Changing Assist, to name a few.
“The S-Class is the world’s best-selling luxury saloon. With the latest generation we want to offer our customers innovation, safety, comfort, and quality as never before,” says Ola Källenius, Chairman of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG.
“The new S-Class underpins our claim to produce the best automobile in the world”, states Markus Schäfer, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG; responsible for Daimler Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars COO.
The new 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class certainly seems to represent a paradigm shift in technology and its integration into the automotive environment. It will be available for order in Germany from mid-September 2020, and will be in dealerships in December 2020. Canada, and the US, will receive the S 500 Short Wheelbase Sedan, and the S 580 Long Wheelbase Sedan next spring, and as of yet, pricing has not been determined.