Mercedes-Benz hosted media for ride-alongs contained all by means of the 2021 W223 S-Class, and the preliminary write-ups stage out it’d take six months to resolve all of the problems Stuttgart engineers put into the best-selling full-size luxurious sedan. The least refined side is the three powertrains on one of the one strategies whereby for non-AMG fashions, the equal quantity as the present sedan as outlined by Motor Trend. The base mannequin is an S 500 that swaps the 329-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 in related this second’s entry-level S 460 for a 3.0-liter inline-six with 429 hp plus 21 additional ponies from Mercedes’ EQ Boost mild-hybrid system. A step up from there could also be moreover an S 580, rising the output of related this second’s 463-hp twin-turbo V8 to 496 hp plus a 20-hp EQ Boost system. At the right comes the S 580e plug-in hybrid with spherical 500 blended horsepower, which is 31 hp up on related this second’s S 560e. The output comes from a 3.0-liter inline-six ramped up to 362 hp, and a 140-hp e-motor. Torque holds widespread on the equal 516 pound-feet in consequence of the S 560e, nonetheless the 28-kWh battery contained all by means of the 2021 PHEV ought to be good for about 60 miles on electrical vitality, bigger than doubling the sedan’s current EV fluctuate.
Beyond that come the Maybach and AMG fashions. The former sticks with a V12 for its S 650 trim. The latter will present two trims, an S 63e with about 600 hp, and an S 73e with bigger than 800 horses.
Outside, each the identical outdated and long-wheelbase autos get longer wheelbases. The shorter mannequin affords 2.eight inches between the wheels to develop to 122.Three inches. We solely get the long-wheelbase sedan contained all by means of the U.S., and it affords two inches between the axles, now out to 126.6 inches. To get these behemoths by method of tight areas, Mercedes has made rear-wheel steering customary all by means of the fluctuate. MT says that the identical outdated RWS comes with thinner tire alternate choices, and can flip the as shortly as additional wheels contained contained inside the completely completely utterly absolutely utterly utterly totally different means by a whopping 10 ranges up to about 35 miles per hour, after which the rears flip the equal path in consequence of the fronts. On S-Class fashions with wider tires, MT says the RWS solely turns the as shortly as additional wheels up to Four ranges. Car journal’s description of the system would not stage out tire dimension, nonetheless characterizes the 4.5-degree RWS as ‘the entry-level model.’ The additional excessive take reduces the S-Class’ turning circle to beneath 34 toes, which suggests it is going to maybe flip a U-turn contained contained inside the equal residence as an A-Class.
A terribly short-term choices of enhancements coming to the mannequin new sedan consists of an optionally obtainable E-Active Body Control hydro-pneumatic suspension that debuted on the GLC. It can individually elevate a wheel over a freeway imperfection, or elevate all of the automotive 3.2 inches when sensors detect a side impact in order that the side rails take additional stress as a assorted of the doorways. The seats comprise 17 motors, and the seat controls on the doorways not swap nonetheless are capacitive and allow finer adjustment. There’s Level Three autonomy and the flexibleness for the auto to pull itself to the side of the freeway, plus new sensors contained all by means of the steering wheel rim that give finer detection of a hand on the wheel. More sound deadening and a U-shaped, double-walled engine bay assist make the sedan even quieter inside. Sensors contained all by means of the cabin acknowledge occupants based mostly completely utterly on every voice, fingerprint, or facial recognition, and know which seat they’re in. Ambient lighting is used to concentrate on, with a bit above the middle present glowing when an occupant speaks to the auto, or one completely completely utterly absolutely utterly utterly totally different half of lighting contained all by means of the door illuminating to warn of passing web web web web net web page buddies when parked and an occupant is about to open a door.