2021 Mercedes S-Class spy photo

2021 Mercedes S-Class Debuts Today: See The Livestream Here

It’s the day, folks. Finally, Mercedes unveils the highly anticipated S-Class (W223) to raise the bar even higher in the luxury segment. While crossovers and SUVs are all the rage these days, the S-Class remains the most important model for Daimler and the quintessential flagship model to wear the sought-after pointed star.

The extensive teaser campaign in preparation for the world premiere provided a full picture of the completely transformed interior that will basically have nothing in common with the cabin of the W222. At the same time, our numerous spy photo bundles have revealed that the exterior styling will not represent a major change from the outgoing model, although there will be some changes. Examples include the retractable door handles and wide taillights similar to those of the CLS, the E-Class facelift and other recent Mercedes models.

Offered with three different wheelbases, the new generation Mercedes S-Class will be larger than the model it replaces and add four-wheel steering to significantly reduce the turning radius. It will be based on the second generation MRA platform and will benefit from an aerodynamically improved body reducing the drag coefficient to just 0.22 for better efficiency.

Depending on the market, Mercedes will sell its top of the line with a variety of powertrains, as small as four-cylinder units in China, and as big as the Maybach-only V12 (now with all-wheel drive). There will also be diesels, plug-in hybrids, as well as the EQS serving as the electric equivalent of the S-Class with a swoopy design.

Much like every other S-Class before it, the W223 will usher in new technologies for the brand that will spill over into smaller models later this decade. The front airbag for rear passengers is one of them, as is the head-up display with support for augmented reality. It’s unclear if the 12.8-inch touchscreen will be implemented in other models, but we’ve seen spy photos of the upcoming C-Class with a similar portrait-oriented display, albeit in a smaller size. .

Mercedes’ decision to cut back on traditional controls by reducing the number of buttons and mechanical switches by 27 could be a sign of things to come for other models. OLED technology has been confirmed inside, where the driver will have access to the most advanced voice assistant to date, now compatible with 27 languages.

We’ll learn everything there is to know about the new S-Class very soon as the livestream is scheduled to start at 8:00 a.m. EDT / 12:00 GMT. As a reminder, Mercedes recently announced plans to ditch the coupe and convertible, meaning the S-Class will effectively become a sedan-only affair.

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