2021 Mercedes Benz S-Class gets Next-Gen MBUX System - Segment First Features, Review and Updates

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January 25, 2021  at 4:56 PM

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is getting a generation upgrade and the German automaker has showcased its first major upgrade through a Digital unveil. The all-new MBUX system in the 2021 S-Class has been revamped with many segment-first features including a 3D instrument cluster and augmented reality.

Mercedes Benz has been at the forefront in terms of lux-appeal and there is nothing more apt than the S-Class that depicts it perfectly. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class will be launched digitally towards the end of 2020 and the automaker has just dropped its first showcase of a major upgrade for the S-Class via the S-Class Digital, a new expanded digital platform for an all-digital unveil.

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There are many impressive new features in the latest MBUX system slated for the 2021 S-Class and Mercedes has gone forth and revamped the complete user interface for a more streamlined and intuitive user experience. The automaker is churning out all upcoming features of the new S-Class in the form of episodes and the first one on its MBUX system was released on July 8, 2020. It will be followed by the second episode on safety and comfort on July 29 and the third one on luxury and interior features on August 12.

What are the updates for the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class interior?

We are now well aware of the generation upgrade that the 2021 S-Class is slated to get. It will include a sleeker exterior with various improvements and additions in the interior. Luxury has always been a selling point of the S-Class and it is getting some serious updates to get along with the changing automotive phase.

Increased cabin space, more comfortable seating and a plethora of customizable options are sure to make you spoilt for choices. But the most innovative upgrades are being implemented in the infotainment and connected features that Mercedes-Benz calls as “My MBUX” (Mercedes-Benz User Experience). Notable new interior features expected in the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class are:

  • Heavily upgraded MBUX infotainment system
  • Added upholstery and trim options
  • Increased second-row legroom
  • Redesigned dashboard with eliminated physical buttons

What are the features of the next-generation MBUX system in the 2021 S-Class?

MBUX system in the 2021 S-Class gets an array of new and improved features along with a bunch of segment-first offerings. The most notable and “on the face” addition is the new 12.8-inch OLED portrait-style touchscreen unit. It takes up all of the center surfaces of the dashboard.

The introduction of such a humongous screen has facilitated the omission of almost all physical buttons and pave way for a minimal design layout. Clickable buttons are now reduced drastically and most are replaced with pressure-sensitive touchpads that work seamlessly.

Mercedes-Benz now offers a wider personalization feature in its latest MBUX system. Security has been bumped up with the introduction of facial recognition and fingerprint scanner. The Mercedes Me account can be set up with upto 7 different profiles for a clutter-free experience of all its features in a curated manner for each individual. Notable infotainment features in the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class are:

  • 12.8-inch portrait OLED touchscreen unit
  • Available OLED screens for the second-row passengers; upto 3
  • Fingerprint scanner and facial recognition
  • Remote configuration of ambient lighting and various creature comfort features using the Mercedes Me account via the Mercedes App.
  • Cloud storage of upto 7 profiles with Over The Air updates
  • MBUX Interior Assist can understand movements and gestures
  • Nw Chit-Chat feature for knowledge transfer and FAQs
  • Seamless screen sharing among the various displays in the car

What are the segment-first features that are being introduced in the 2021 S-Class Infotainment system?

The MBUX System in the 2021 Mercedes S Class has been improved many folds in terms of both hardware as well as software integration. The intelligent learning system in the new infotainment setup is now more adaptive to usage and is seamlessly connected with all of the functionalities in and around the cabin. The most notable segment-first features in the S-Class are Augmented Reality and 3D screens.

3D LCD Display Technology: The instrument cluster is now a complex LCD that utilizes clever software integration to allow for a three-dimensional effect without the use of 3D glasses. This is made possible by integrating a special pixel structure with the LCD panel and a controllable aperture grille. This is used to create an impression of depth and thus form pseudo-3D structures that can be perceived by the naked eye. 

OLED Screens: OLED technology will be the backdrop for all five infotainment screens that will be present in the 2021 S-Class. This adds much crisper details and better contrast for all-around viewing angles even during the harshest of lighting. OLED panels consume less power which helps Mercedes optimize the cabin functioning more efficiently. It will also include an added pressure sensor for an improved touch sampling rate for a seamless user experience.

Augmented Reality Head-Up Display: The new Head-Up display uses Augmented Reality content to seamlessly integrate into the roads ahead. For example, arrows are shown on the head-Up display while navigation will be projected onto the road lane. This will help for a more involved driving experience. The implementation of Augmented Reality helps in increasing the projection surface and it is projected on an image forming unit developed by Texas Instruments. It uses 1.3 million high-resolution individual mirrors and an efficient light source with pinpoint accuracy. Various segment-first features in the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class as summarized below.

  • 3D LCD Instrument Cluster with an aperture grille for depth effect
  • Improved and adaptive “Hey Mercedes” voice assistant
  • 27 preloaded languages for the new voice assistant
  • Augmented Reality Head-Up Display
  • Integration of fingerprint authentication and Facial Recognition
  • Added phrase codes for various functionalities like: if the drive says “I’m tired”, a comfort control program will start to massage and relax the driver.

What are the connected features in the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class?

The most adaptive feature in the 2021 S-Class infotainment setup is its improved “Hey Mercedes” voice assistant. The assistant feature is now programmed to cater to a wider spectrum of in-car features ranging from infotainment controls to seat positioning. Added microphones in the cabin also allow passengers in the second row to control various functions using the voice assistance feature.

It now recognizes upto 27 different languages and also has a learning algorithm to adapt to the varying accents. The MBUX Interior Assist can control complex functions like adaptive seating and rearview mirror set as per the driver’s body size. Almost all of the cabin controlled features can be controlled either with gestures or accepted voice commands. Various connected features in the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class are listed below.

  • “Explore me” activates random guidance of various essentials of needed features in the car as the location of the first aid kit or connectivity steps for devices.
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Over The Air Updates
  • Real-Time Traffic and Weather updates
  • Voice commands for almost all the in-car functions
  • “Hey Mercedes” is the magic word
  • Content sharing among the various screens in the car
  • ATTENTION ASSIST to monitor the driver at all times

What is the price of the 2021 Mercedes Benz S-Class and when will it launch?

The new MBUX infotainment system in the 2021 S-Class is only the tip of an iceberg which will slowly be revealed over the next two months. Mercedes-Benz is introducing various segment-first and connected features that will redefine mobility along with luxury. With all of the confirmed and speculated changes in the new S-Class, the prices will be bumped up considerably.

But as most of these connected features will be available as standard in the top trims, the starting price of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class will remain more or less the same at $96,000 (Expected). The top trims will see a wider shift in pricing with the top trims topping out near to the $200K mark with the added features. The launch date for the 2021 S-Class is slated for September 2020 with dealership availability starting by the year-end. This is one car that will put the other luxury-oriented cars on their toes.

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2021 Mercedes Benz S-Class FAQs

When will the 2021 Mercedes S-Class launch?

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class will launch in September 2020 and go on sale by 2020-end.

What is the price of 2021 Mercedes S-Class?

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is expected to be priced from $96,000- $170,000 excluding the optional packages.

Is the Mercedes S-Class reliable?

Mercedes-Benz has given equal importance to reliability in its S-Class as its lux-appeal. J.D. Power Report rated the 2020 S-Class an impressive 80 out of 100. As the 2021 model is expected to improve, expected better scores. There hasn’t been any official recalls for the S-Class in 2020 as well. Apart from these, the S-Class is also offered with a wholesome warranty package that includes:

  • Basic warranty for 4 years/ 50,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty for 4 years/ 50,000 miles
  • Available Extended warranty for 6 years/ 100,000 miles

Does Mercedes S-Class have massage seats?

Yes, both the first and second-row seats are equipped with massaging functions along with heated and ventilated functions. All four seats get 8 massage functions and include two detailed massage programs that focus on strengthening specific body muscles.

Is the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Hybrid?

Yes, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class will continue to have a hybrid model that can produce 120 hp from the electric motors alone. It can travel for 25 miles and up to speeds of 80 MPH on electric power alone. These figures are the same as the 2020 S-Class but we expect fine-tuning in the electric power output and cooling to provide for a more efficient setup with more driving range.