2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Review

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2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Overview

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class marks a new generation for the high-end luxury car. In a model known for sumptuous excess, Mercedes faces quite the challenge in outdoing itself. The S-Class competes against cars like the Audi A8 and BMW 7 Series.

The new S-Class manages to look sleek despite its size and scale, though a big grille and slender front lighting give the front end a bold touch. Distinctive grille treatments will distinguish the Maybach and AMG variants of the S-Class when they arrive.

Initially, the lineup will include S500 4Matic and S580 4Matic models. The former gets a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six engine rated for 429 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque, and the latter has a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8, producing 496 hp and 516 lb-ft. Both engines come with all-wheel drive (AWD) and a nine-speed automatic transmission. Expect plenty of power, with a composed ride and handling for a smooth, comfortable ride.

Expect a sumptuous interior with tons of options for customization, such as reclining rear seats. Mercedes is sure to outfit the S-Class with the latest version of the MBUX infotainment system, as well as all the trimmings.

You can expect the usual assortment of high-end safety technology, but the real story is in the new features. Options will include 3D displays with real-time eye tracking, an augmented-reality head-up display (HUD), a lighting system that projects information right onto the street in front of you, a side-collision system that lifts the car’s body to minimize the impact, and advanced driver-assistance tech.

The 2021 S-Class is slated for release in the United States in mid-2021. The Mercedes-Maybach and Mercedes-AMG models are expected to follow.

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Cherise is a Chicago-based freelance writer and editor with nearly 15 years of experience covering the automotive industry. Cherise loves writing about car culture and sharing common-sense car-buying advice. She owns a 2019 Subaru WRX Series.Gray, 2020 Subaru Outback Onyx XT, 2007 Genuine Buddy Italia 150, 2015 Honda Grom, and 1979 Boston Whaler Montauk.

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