May 31, 2023


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2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class’s Interior Is All about the Screens

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From Car and Driver

  • The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-class sedan will have an interior that’s full of large touchscreen displays.
  • It’ll also come standard with new interactive LED lightning that responds to driver assistance systems.
  • The new S-class debuts on September 2 and should arrive in the U.S. sometime in 2021 starting at around $95,000.

Mercedes-Benz is giving us another glimpse inside the new S-class sedan ahead of its September debut. The flagship sedan’s interior will be dominated by huge screens with the central, vertically oriented touchscreen display taking up almost the entire center stack, and it will also have new interactive LED lighting that responds to driver-assistance systems.

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The new S-class can be had with up to five screens, which Mercedes says are 10 times brighter than the previous generation and can be adjusted via “Hey Mercedes” voice commands. There’s the 12.8-inch central, tilted OLED display, which is the center of attention, and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, which are both standard. The rear-seat entertainment package adds two 11.6-inch screens on each seatback as well as a 7.0-inch MBUX infotainment tablet for the rear passengers.

Contrary to leaked images we’ve seen of the new S-class, which was equipped with Mercedes’s new Supersport steering-wheel design from the new E-class, this S is fitted with the Luxury steering wheel, which has three spokes and is meant to be shaped like a calla lily. The automaker’s new touch-sensitive steering wheels tell the car’s driver-assistance systems if the driver’s hands are on the wheel, and the new S-class should offer Level 3 autonomy, according to Mercedes-Benz’s CEO.

In addition to the new touch-sensitive steering wheels, the 2021 S-class will come standard with new interactive LED interior lightning that’s integrated into the car’s driver assistance features. For example, if a car is in the S-class’s blind-spot, a red light will flash to alert the driver. There’s also visual feedback via the lights when adjusting the climate control and using the “Hey Mercedes” voice commands through the new MBUX infotainment system. The S-class also comes standard with an air balance package with a built-in ionizer and active fragrance.

Photo credit: Mercedes-Benz

An available Warmth and Comfort package adds energizing comfort control and energizing coach. The comfort controls includes Refresh, Vitality, Warmth, Joy, and Comfort interior modes, which adjusts things such as the car’s climate control and massaging seats. And they work through the voice assistant, so you can say “Hey Mercedes, I am stressed,” and Joy mode will activate. Passengers can also automatically adjust their seating position to their height, and Mercedes added near-ear speakers in the front seats.

We’ll learn more details about the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-class when it debuts on September 2. It should arrive in the U.S. sometime in 2021 starting at around $95,000.

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