From Road & Track
After months of teasers and spy shots, Mercedes-Benz has assuredly apparent its new 2021 S-Class sedan. Accessible with either a turbo straight-six or a twin-turbo V-8, it gets a absolutely new design, accepted mild-hybrid 48-volt technology, and a bulk of able tech appearance to ensure an incomparable affluence alive experience.
The new S-Class adopts a agnate fascia to the one activate on the accepted E-Class. The headlamp clusters accept an advancing shape, arch into a added angular grille and sculpted bonanza air inlets. The car’s rear end has been absolutely revised, now administration its architecture affair with the CLS four-door coupe’s appendage end. It’s meaner and added bent than before. We like it.
Buyers will accept two trims to accept from at launch: the S500 and the S580. The S500 uses the company’s accustomed 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six engine, rated at 429 application and 384 lb-ft of torque. The S580 gets a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 authoritative 496 application and 516 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are akin to an chip amateur architect (ISV), which can add an added 21 application and 184 lb-ft of torque for abbreviate periods of time. Both cars accelerate ability to all four auto via a nine-speed automated manual and Mercedes’ 4Matic all-wheel-drive system. Top acceleration is electronically bound to 130 mph.
The absolute adventure with the new S-Class, is, of course, the interior. It’s been absolutely revamped, with a affected multi-screen agenda dashboard setup. The apparatus array awning measures 12.3 inches, while the capital centermost OLED affectation touchscreen measures 12.8 inches. Controlling aggregate is the latest bearing of the company’s MBUX infotainment system, which uses bogus intelligence to bear an automatic user experience. It can be operated via articulation control, the touchscreens, or application the new-generation Mercedes council wheel, which uses touch-capacitive buttons in abode of acceptable items.
Other autogenous highlights accommodate an “augmented reality” head-up affectation that projects images for things like aeronautics in the driver’s acreage of vision, an accessible “3D” apparatus array that enhances warnings, functions, and abetment systems, with 3D effects, and rear-axle steering, which can abate axis ambit by up to seven feet. Also accessible is a “4D” beleaguer complete arrangement by Burmeister that packs no beneath than 30 speakers, bearing a absolute of 1750 watts. There’s alike a congenital assessment aboideau transponder that, back set up properly, works with all above assessment anchorage in the U.S., and alike some airport parking structures.
Being a high-end Mercedes, there’s no curtailment of acquiescent and alive assurance systems. Stop-and-go assist, alive council assist, cross-traffic warning, alive braking assist, dark atom warning, and lane-keeping abetment are aloof a few of the systems you’ll experience. Additionally, an avant-garde rear-facing-passenger airbag is accessible as an option.
Mercedes has yet to absolution pricing, but we apprehend it to alpha aloof beneath $100,000. Deliveries will activate in the aboriginal bisected of 2021.
Are you a fan of the new S-Class’s design? Would you booty it over the Audi A8, BMW 7-Series, or Porsche Panamera? Let us apperceive in the comments.
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