Mercedes S-Class 2021 breaks cover: Chariot of opulence and performance
Mercedes-Benz on Wednesday revealed the new 2021 S-class globally. The latest-gen S-class has taken giant strides in terms of comfort, technology, and safety.
The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class takes exterior styling inspiration from the facelifted E-class which was revealed in 2019. The new LED headlights setup on the car features the ‘Digital Light’ system. It also gets a chrome-heavy front main grille featuring three horizontal blades. There is also a new front bumper featuring larger air intakes. Other prominent exterior additions include flush-fitting door handles and wraparound LED tail-lights. The S-Class also gets twin chrome-finished exhaust tips which adds to its sporty appeal. Mercedes is giving an option of 18- to 21-inch wheels on the new-gen S-Class.
In terms of dimensions, the long-wheelbase S-Class (India-bound) has now grown longer by 34 mm, wider by 22 mm and taller by 12 mm. Also, its wheelbase has been increased by 51 mm. All this comes together to free up 24 mm of legroom for passengers in the second row. The company claims that boot capacity has increased by 20 litres to 550 litres.
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As per Mercedes-Benz, the 2021 S-Class comes out as one of the most aerodynamically efficient passenger vehicles in the world, it has a drag co-efficient of 0.22cd.
Inside, the latest S-Class benefits from the newest second-gen MBUX infotainment system. The company has opted to give its cabin a minimalist appeal. It gets a completely remolded dash and features 27 fewer buttons and switches compared to the previous S-class.
It sports a 12.8-inch tablet-style OLED infotainment screen and the driver's screen include a 12.3-inch 3D digital instrument display. There are two screens in the second row to keep the rear occupants entertained. Moreover there is also one armrest-mounted tablet – for rear-seat passengers.
The Mercedes S-Class is considered a pinnacle of luxury and the new-gen model ups the ante even higher. It now gets an active ambient lighting system, which employs 263 LEDs, a head-up display with augmented reality, and an Interior Assist function. The latter tracks movements of the car’s occupants using cameras to proactively trigger certain functions inside the cabin. The equipment list also includes a 31-speaker Burmester 4D surround-sound system and over-the-air software updates.
Under the hood, the 2021 S-Class will receive 3.0-litre, six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines in different states of tune. The gasoline fueled engine will make 367 hp/500 Nm in the S 450, and 435 hp/520 Nm in the S 500 grade. There will also be a 48-volt ‘EQ Boost’ mild-hybrid system that's capable of providing a boost of 22 hp /250 Nm. The 3.0-litre oil-burner will churn out 286 hp/600 Nm in the S 350d, and 330 hp/700 Nm in the S 400d grade.
Another key highlight on the new-gen model will be its rear-axle steering system. This will give the new S-Class a tighter turning circle of under 11 metres.
Mercedes plans to officially launch the new S-Class in global markets by mid 2021 and yes, India is also in the list of countries that will be getting the flagship sedan from the German giant.