2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Motor Trend|December 2020
The luxury sedan benchmark again moves the goalposts
Scott Evans

SPECS 2021 Mercedes-Benz S 500; S 580 4Matic PRICE $96,000-$110,000 (est) LAYOUT Front-engine, RWD/AWD, 5-pass, 4-door sedan ENGINE 3.0L/429-hp/384-lb-ft turbo DOHC 24-valve I-6 plus 21-hp/184-lb-ft electric motor, 429 hp/384 lb-ft comb; 4.0L/496-hp/516-lb-ft twin-turbo DOHC 32-valve V-8 plus 21-hp/184-lb-ft electric motor, 496 hp/516 lb-ft comb TRANSMISSION 9-speed auto CURB WEIGHT 4,700-4,900 lb (MT est) WHEELBASE 126.6 in L x W x H 208.2 x 76.9 x 59.2 in 0-60 MPH 4.0-4.6 sec (MT est) EPA FUEL ECON Not yet rated ON SALE Spring 2021

The new 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class will be a force to be reckoned with when it reaches American shores in both S 500 and S 580 forms sometime in the first half of 2021.

The new platform extends the Benz’s wheelbase by 2.0 inches, most of which translates to additional rear-seat space. The S-Class’ body is stretched 1.3 inches in length and gains 0.4 inch in height.

Mercedes recommends every driver create a profile to automatically load preferences for everything from audio levels and frequent navigation destinations to climate settings and seat position. You can activate yours by a fingerprint swipe, facial or voice recognition, or a PIN, and up to seven profiles can be stored, with the car’s owner able to restrict how much access other profiles have to vehicle settings.

All is handled through the 12.8-inch waterfall-like OLED touchscreen, which dominates the dashboard and the user experience. Mercedes has reduced the number of buttons and knobs to the bare minimum, replacing most with digital versions on this screen. Audio, navigation, climate control, seat massage, vehicle settings, and more are all handled here.

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