2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class: The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has been around seven generations. The S-Class was first introduced in 1972. Its DNA can be traced back almost two decades prior to its introduction.
The S-Class has been a leader in the automotive industry since its 1972 debut. The S-Class was a pioneer in the automotive industry, incorporating ‘first in class’ features, such as safety, comfort and convenience, engineering, design, and technology.
It is interesting to note that the Mercedes-Benz S-Class was so far ahead of its time that it took almost a decade for it to get dated. Then, a new S-Class was born.
However, consumer demands and the rapid-changing technology have changed everything. In the past few decades, there have been many updates and refreshes, but at shorter intervals.
The new S-Class is Mercedes’s flagship vehicle, and it offers a significantly wider range of options.
It does this by making significant improvements to the mechanical parts, but also adding a host new features that add a whole new dimension of comfort, luxury, and entertainment through biometrics and digitisation, and level 3 autonomous.
There is too much technology. Although the S-Class can seem overwhelming, there are useful technologies that make your driving experience more enjoyable.
There is also less useful technology that is difficult to use or not used often enough. There is also tech that works in a way you don’t understand, or you simply don’t know it exists.
2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Exterior and Dimensions, Technology
Let’s start with the exterior changes. The biggest change is to the illumination. These digital headlamps were created in collaboration with Marelli Automotive Lighting. The S-Class receives a new set of headlamps, which are still in the development stage.
This digital headlamp technology is still in its infancy and the results it can achieve are simply amazing. The digital headlamps can display more than one million pixels through an array made up of one million micro-mirrors.
This means that you can combine both headlamps to get the same clarity as a 1080p or full HD TV panel. These headlamps can also do much more and more intelligently. Cameras and sensors can detect objects on or off the road and send signals to the headlamps to determine what to do next.
They can brighten or decrease illumination, or control which bits of the roadway are illuminated and which ones not. It can project signs on the road ahead to indicate what to look out for and what to do.
It can display road warning signs, navigation indicators and distance to vehicles ahead, blind spot indicators, pedestrian crossings, construction areas, road surface conditions, and many other information. The scope of these headlamps is expanding, and it’s all high-tech excitement stuff.
The flush door handles are the next major addition to the exteriors. These are a great party trick and can be very impressive when friends come along to take a drive. They will see the handles pop out of the S-Class’s doors as you press the unlock button.
However, there were a few issues I had. First, I don’t know why Mercedes didn’t fit these flush into the door panels. The door handles do not sink completely into the door, but a small amount still sticks out. It looks a little lumpy. The door handles come with keyless entry.
However, it can be a little tricky to get the system to work seamlessly as we couldn’t find the right place to put a finger on it to unlock it. This was the third problem. The keys had been left inside the car. It’s not a small key, and it is very inconvenient to have in your pocket. The handles fell into the door panels and wouldn’t respond.
Although the car wasn’t locked, it was unlocked. However, there was no way to lift the handles to open the door. The handle’s leading edge is inside the door panel, so there was nothing to push, pull, or grab.
We were far from civilization and panicked for several seconds as we tried to photograph the car. It did happen. The door handles came out again after a few seconds, but we were unable to determine where our fingers touched the handles to trigger the action. It was a relief!
The mechanical aspect of the S-Class that we receive in India is the long-wheelbase version, V223, which has an increase of 51mm over the previous version (V222). Although length, width, and height have all increased marginally, it will take an extremely keen eye to spot the design changes.
The front bumper, accents on the headlamps and revisions to the rear end are all areas that need to be addressed. All of this stretching and elongating can make big gains inside the cabin.
2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Interior and Features
One big problem in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class cabin is where you are seated. Everyone votes for the back seat, particularly the one in the rear left corner. Because it reclines into a lounge-style business seat, it’s the one that attracts most attention.
It can be extended with just a touch of a button. You can enjoy a comfortable seat if your height is 5’4″ or higher. If you are taller, you won’t be able to stretch out as much. To find your sweet spot, you will need to try a variety of combinations and permutations.
Once you have it, you can easily remember. It’s also a very comfortable seat that you can use to rest on the way home from BKC. You can also add comfort to your ride by turning on the Burmester4D sound experience.
The seats will massage to the beats of whatever music you’re listening to. It does this, and all you have to do is allow the S-Class mist to spray onto your face.
For obvious reasons, I found myself in the driver’s seat for the longest amount of time. I was the only one driving. It’s a great place to be. It is like a friend who knows you well. The screen is large and clear.
I also love how the dashboard wraps around the firewall, with large spaces at the edges flowing into the armrest. It is very interesting to see the air-con vents at the edges. They point upwards, not straight at passengers, but they can direct air in all directions. The massive head unit display in portrait style is located just below the windscreen.
There are however a number of vents that run under the windscreen. It has a minimalist, elegant dash with the engine stop/start button and one row of soft touch buttons below it to activate dynamic drive modes, car settings and volume. It’s also quite cool, with a 3-dimensional screen that is somewhat disconcerting at first but soon your eyes adjust to it.
The new S-Class features the NTG 7 MBUX (New Telematic Generation), which offers enhanced connectivity and security. Fingerprint recognition is also included! The mood lighting is also available. The most intriguing feature is the ability to set two different tone levels for the light beams that run along the length of your dashboard.
You can also choose from a variety of mood settings that change the lighting in the cabin, ambient music, and even touch screen graphics. The blind spot warning is another interesting feature that causes the LED light beam surrounding the A-pillar to flash red in order to warn you if there is a vehicle in your blind area while you are trying to perform a lane change maneuver.
The sheer number of functions that you can control in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class’s head unit touch screen is what I found problematic. The functions are not the same as those in other Mercedes-Benz cars. It would take several weeks to find out where each control is located and how to operate it.
2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Driving Impressions
Mercedes-Benz was trying to add more functions to its cars, but I thought they had lost the plot. That is, the driving experience. This is thankfully not true. It is not only a great car to relax in, but also a thrilling car to drive. The 400d was the variant I drove. It’s the oil burner that was carried over from the older S-Class.
It has a displacement of 3 litres, and produces 330PS of maximum power. 700Nm of torque is available from 1,200rpm up to 3,200rpm. The engine redlines at a very high 5,000rpm. It is claimed that this sedan can be driven in 5.4 seconds to the weight of the ton. This is almost a two-and-half-ton ballistic missile in sport mode.
The diesel motor is no slouch. It picks up speed quickly and does so with the greatest ease. The 9-speed automatic transmission shifts quickly and sports mode lets the tranny place the S-Class in the most meaty part of the torque spread to cook its juices.
The engine is not the only thing that has been improved. The chassis also saw a significant weight reduction of 60 kilos, but gained more rigidity due to the extensive use and high-strength and press-hardened alloys of steel. This 5.2-metre sedan moves with the precision of a professional. It doesn’t do any body roll or pitch and turn.
It is difficult to comprehend the sedan’s linearity, especially when it is being driven hard. It is easy to feel the car’s weight, especially when you are braking hard. However, the directness and precision with which the steering works in corners is amazing.
The rear-axle steering system allows the rear wheels of the car to move in opposite directions to the front wheels when speeds are low or parallel to them as high speeds rise above 60 kph.
My vehicle had a maximum steering angle 10 degrees. This is only possible with the 255/40 R20 tires sets. The 4-wheel drive system adds a lot of substance to the handling characteristics, making the S-Class feel more agile and stable at all speeds.
2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Verdict and Price
The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is still a benchmark in the automotive industry. Its many innovative innovations, such as the rear seat airbag, connectivity with OTA updates, safety systems, and comfort and convenience features, make it a strong package.
The 150 units in the original lot sold out and I felt privileged to be able to get my hands on the new S-Class.
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