The New 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class: Innovation Beyond Comprehension

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Please prepare yourself for an automotive experience beyond comprehension as Mercedes-Benz has reawakened the soul of its mothership S-Class and all it exemplifies. This consummate touring sedan triggers the senses and redefines innovation from driver assistance systems and performance behaviors to protection and interaction. The German automaker is shaping the next generation of individual mobility for our times with advancements that focus on people, such as what I witnessed on the virtual launch this morning with musician Alicia Keys and her focus on the 4D Sound features and F1 extraordinaire Lewis Hamilton who zeroed in on the big body Benz’s handling capabilities with steering through the rear axle.

Representing the company’s most forward-thinking vehicle to date, the 2021 S-Class is built at the new Factory 56 in Germany, where energy savings of 25% is achieved. The S-Class utilizes digitization to respond empathetically to the needs and wishes of its driver and passengers. Crafted from a scientifically beautiful interior, it presents an incredible wholistic experience. A few things to point out are the ten unique massage choices, ionization, finger recognition to restore custom settings, 18-motors in the adjustable seats, voice assistance to the front and rear seats with MBUX, swipe-able content from the front screen to the rear passenger screens, and an augmented reality Head-up Display. Safety includes digital lights for evening driving, rear passenger airbags deployed from the front seat, and the lifting of the S-Class when it senses a side-impact crash to reduce injury.

Basically, S-Class competitors will have to go back to the drawing board because this 2021 is running laps around whatever they may deem is innovation. The mind-map below provides an overview of what to expect:

  1. New-generation MBUX Infotainment & Navigation system with Voice Control, including Natural Language Understanding and Keyword Activation (“Hey Mercedes”)
  2. MBUX Augmented Video for Navigation
  3. 3” Digital Instrument Cluster & 12.8” OLED Touchscreen Center Display
  4. Fingerprint Sensor for biometric authentication of the driver to activate a profile
  5. New-generation Multifunction Steering Wheel with Capacitive Touch Control Buttons
  6. MAGIC VISION CONTROL
  7. All-new Burmester High-End 4D Surround Sound System with up to 1,750 watts, 30 high-end speakers and 2 resonators in each seat to create an entirely new audio experience for all passengers
  8. 3D Technology Package with 3D Instrument Cluster and MBUX Augmented Reality Head-Up Display
  9. All-new, progressive and modern interior design with a new-generation steering wheel with Capacitive Touch Control Buttons, 12.3″ Digital Instrument Cluster, 12.8″ Touchscreen OLED multimedia display (first in a Mercedes-Benz) in the center console, with potential for up to five screens in the front and rear (including rear tablet)
  10. All-new, progressive and modern interior design with a new-generation steering wheel with Capacitive Touch Control Buttons, 12.3″ Digital Instrument Cluster, 12.8″ Touchscreen OLED multimedia display (first in a Mercedes-Benz) in the center console, with potential for up to five screens in the front and rear (including rear tablet)
  11. All-new Augmented Reality Head-Up Display system further supplements MBUX and Augmented Video for Navigation with driver assistance systems and navigation information by generating and projecting images directly in the driver’s field of vision
  12. A new lineup of turbocharged engines with EQ Boost and 48-volt technology
  13. All-new rear-axle steering system allows the full-sized executive sedan to be as maneuverable as a compact car by reducing the turning radius by up to 7 feet; available in two variants: up to 4.5 degrees, or up to 10 degrees
  14. All-new rear passenger airbags (first in a Mercedes-Benz) offer advanced protection for passengers with an innovative deployment and inflation concept, allowing them to adapt to rear-seat passengers and deploy in a gentle manner to reduce the effect of an impact
  15. Climate controlled seats with six radial fans for enhanced seat-cooling capabilities
  16. Enhanced ENERGIZING Comfort health and wellness system boosts drivers’ attentiveness and well-being while reducing sleepiness and stress through programs that intelligently combine comfort and vehicle functions. With the Active Multicontour Massage Seats, S-Class customers can now choose from 10 programs with two levels of intensity and in duration from 8-18 minutes
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