One could say that the Mercedes-Benz S-Class has long been the de facto choice for presidents, royalty, captains of industry, consuls, and dignitaries. Now, there's an all-new model, and it continues to fuse technical innovations with luxury. So how high-tech is the 2021 S-Class?
Let's start where most S-Class owners will be seated, the back seats. If you're lucky enough to find yourself there, the seats will massage you. Also, the airconditioning will soothe you by releasing relaxing scents through the climate control system. Mercedes-Benz says there are up to 18 motors in each of the seats to find the optimum and most comfortable position. Also, this luxury saloon can be specified with 4D surround sound, turning it into a mobile soundbar.
As you'd expect in an S-Class, the latest model is packing a lot of technology. For instance, the voice command works wherever you're seated. That allows you to make reservations at hotels and restaurants, tell the car to play smooth jazz, and even massage you while on the move. If you link the S-Class to your home, you may ask the vehicle about the status of your house. For example, you can check on your lights or other appliances. You can even control the air-conditioning of the house from the car. Mercedes-Benz calls that the MBUX Smart Home feature. Then there are the screens, the airbags, and all the active safety systems that make the S-Class, well, an S-Class.
Now, for the car itself and it looks different from the soon to be outgoing model. Its headlights are slimmer, and the grille is now wider. The body is curvier and sleeker than past models, giving it a low drag coefficiency of just 0.22. Also, the vehicle's lights are powered by OLEDs, giving it more dynamic lighting capabilities.
At the back, Mercedes-Benz did something very different for this generation of S-Class. Instead of putting in vertical taillights, this one has horizontal ones. It may not sound like a big deal, but the last S-Class to have their tail lights lengthwise was the 1991 to 1998 model, internally known as the W140. Speaking of internal names, the 2021 S-Class carries the code W223.
Now, for the engines and there are no V8 or V12 options, at least for now. While it's sad news for some, the new turbocharged, mild-hybrid inline-six engines and turbodiesels provide a lot of motivation for this heavy sedan. The diesel-powered base S350 d makes 286 PS along with 600 Nm of torque. The lowest powered gas engine isn't lacking in power either, as the S450 is good for 367 PS and 500 Nm of torque. Back to diesel power and the S400 d puts out 330 PS and 700 Nm of torque. The most powerful engine in the range is in the S500, which packs 435 PS and 520 Nm under the long hood.
Inevitably, there will be a plug-in hybrid and AMG-tuned versions down the line. However, the one we're looking forward to is the Guard, the bulletproof and bomb-resistant version of the S-Class. That said, we won't be expecting it out this year, but we're sure Presidents, Prime Ministers, and members of royalty will be taking a look at the all-new S-Class.