The all-new S-Class won’t debut until September, but Mercedes will gradually add pieces to the W223 puzzle to make it easier to wait until the world premiere. The teaser campaign has already started because we have already seen the evolving design of the front panel and a bit of the revolutionary interior. Today, the three-pointed star will present what is arguably the most controversial innovation brought by the generation switch – the massive touchscreen dominating the center console.
The livestream that will start soon will focus mainly on the latest evolution of Mercedes-Benz MBUX infotainment, which debuted in the A-Class a few years ago. It goes without saying that the user interface will be changed to make the most of the generous screen compared to the company’s 10.25-inch entry-level car configuration.
As many spy plans have revealed, the revised dashboard design will have fewer conventional controls than the outgoing W222 due to the integration of most functions on the big screen. We expect the digital instrument cluster to have some trumps up its sleeve compared to the current crop of Mercedes models to further enhance the status of the S-Class as a flagship product laden with technology.
There could be more to today’s livestream, as Mercedes could also give us a taste of the revamped head-up display it unveiled yesterday, showing intuitive graphics using augmented reality technology. AR has been present in a variety of Daimler models since 2018, when the technology first appeared in the A-Class, but this is the first time it will be used in the HUD.
Although it is unlikely that Mercedes will go into detail regarding the fundamentals, the engines and so on, we already know that the S-Class 2021 will be based on a new platform and will offer three wheelbase options. There will be a wide variety of engines, from small four-cylinder to Maybach-exclusive V12. A plug-in hybrid with an electric range of around 100 kilometers has already been announced, and on the performance side, the AMG S63 will not be joined by the S65 again.
It remains to be seen what will happen to the S-Class coupe and convertible, as some believe the two will be phased out. The all-new SL and AMG GT would act as replacements and should both be out in the next two years.