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2021 Mercedes-Benz S-class
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Fair Market Price $ 141691.90
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2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Level 2 semi-autonomous driving tech
  • Tech-filled interior

Cons

  • Higher expected pricing than competitors
  • Huge control screen may intimidate some buyers

The S-Class has long been the best-seller among large luxury sedans, and Mercedes-Benz is introducing a fully redesigned seventh-generation model for 2021. to the 2021 S-Class will compete against segment contenders including the BMW 7 Series, Audi A8, Lexus LS, Genesis G90, and Tesla Model S.

Go in depth on the new S-Class sedan's tech here.

Engines (Horsepower and Torque)

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S 500 will offer a version of theĀ mild hybrid 3.0-liter turbo inline-six currently offered in the E-, CLS-, GLE-, and GLS-Class, with 429 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque. Above the S 500 is the S 580, which uses a mild hybrid 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 that's good for 496 hp and 516 lb-ft. A plug-in hybrid will probably also be part of the picture with a 60-mile electric range and as much power as the V-8, but Mercedes-Benz will save a full-electric luxury flagship for a model inspired by the EQS concept. All 2021 S-Class models have a nine-speed automatic and, at launch, 4Matic all-wheel drive.

Safety

The new S-Class will offer Mercedes-Benz's full suite of driver-assist active safety content. That means stop-and-go adaptive cruise control with active lane centering, lane change assist, automatic emergency braking, active parking assist, and just about every other feature you can think of. We expect the 2021 car will also offer available Level 2 semi-autonomous driving capability.

Technology

As the trend goes, the new S-Class will be packed with massive screens. In addition to the horizontal screen behind the steering wheel, Mercedes-Benz will employ a large 12.8-inch OLED vertical screen in the center of the dash. The 2021 S-Class sedan's tech is incredibly advanced; learn about it here.

S-Class History: How Do the 2022 Model's Predecessors Drive?

Curious how good the 2022 Mercedes-Benz S-Class' predecessors are to drive? Angus MacKenzie has driven them all; find out his favorite generation in this entertaining story. Read our First Ride of the 2022 S-Class here.

Key Competitors:

  • BMW 7 Series
  • Audi A8
  • Genesis G90
  • Porsche Panamera
  • Lexus LS

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