2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class teased ahead of autumn reveal
Mercedes-Benz has revealed teaser shots and further details of its 2021 S-Class ahead of its full reveal later in the year.
What will it look like?
We can’t make out a lot from the spy shots, but when a fresh S-Class comes along, Mercedes likes to keep things simple.
You can expect a more angular design, with the rear taking on elements from other Mercedes such as the CLS. We can also tell that the front grille has evolved somewhat, while flush-fit pop-out door handles give the car a very clean look.
It’ll also be larger than the outgoing car, and it’s rumoured only a long wheelbase version will be offered. According to the latest info, it’ll measure a huge 5,280mm in length.
What about the inside?
No official shots of the interior have been revealed, but we know it will be the most advanced Mercedes to date. Expect to see the largest screen ever seen in a Mercedes and a second-gen MBUX infotainment system.
It has also been confirmed that the dashboard will take on a much more minimalist design with less buttons and controls and up to five touchscreens.
What about the tech?
The S-Class has traditionally been the car that gets the latest and greatest technology before any other Mercedes. In fact, a look at the 2021 S-Class is probably a good indication of what tech you’ll find in a 2023 E-Class. So what’s new?
Quite a lot, actually. The most significant development is the augmented reality heads-up display (AR-HUD) that’s set to debut. This ground-breaking system overlaps 3D navigation icons on to the windscreen, along with live distance indicators.
It can also detect traffic ahead and knows if you are following too closely. It works with other features such as Active Lane Assist and lets you know if you require more steering input.
An array of safety functions will use motion-detecting devices to check that all is well with the driver, while a range of sensor-operated functions are also expected.
Will it be safer?
As well as technology, safety features are also a priority for the S-Class range. The 2021 model will be the first-ever car to feature rear seat airbags, which deploy directly from the rear of the front seats.
It’s a very different type of airbag compared to those used in the front of the car, which Mercedes claims ensures “low force and a low risk of injury” compared to traditional airbags.
This feature will be available as part of the luxurious Rear Seat Pack, with other related safety features consisting of inflatable seatbelts and illuminated belt buckles that are easy to locate in the dark.
The 2021 S-Class also gets Mercedes’ Pre-Safe Impulse Side control, which scans the road ahead and adjusts the suspension to smooth out any bumps in the road ahead. This tech is already seen on the GLE and GLS.
What about driving and engines?
The S-Class is set to be built on a 48V electrified platform, which means it’ll be available in a number of variations including mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid forms.
It’s also rumoured that a more aerodynamic-looking S-Class will top Mercedes electric-only EQ range in the form of the EQS, but we’ll have to wait a while for further details on that.
Another significant advancement is the additional of the E-Active Body Control. This is a hydropneumatic air suspension that’s already used on Mercedes’ larger SUVs, and creates a much smoother ride thanks to variable hydraulic pressure reservoirs.
As demonstrated in the above snap, the S-Class also gets an active rear wheel steering function that activates at low speeds. According to Mercedes, this gives it the same turning circle as an A-Class: seriously impressive for such as a large vehicle.
When is it available?
You can expect an uncamouflaged version of the Mercedes S-Class to be revealed later this year, with deliveries in the UK expected to commence in the first half of 2021. We’ll bring you more details as soon as we hear more.