2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Safety Tech: Features and Updates Explained

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A. Suresh

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September 03, 2020 at 08:21 AM

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class comes up with new levels of digital innovations to make your driving experience even more comfortable and safer. The 2021 S-Class will be the world’s first production car that comes with rear-seat airbags. Moreover, with the E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL suspension, the 2021 S-Class packs the most innovative and sound driver-assistance technology as compared to any other vehicle in the industry. With such an impressive reserve, it inadvertently takes that one step closer to autonomous driving, with a starting price of $96,000.

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Highlights:

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has been the shining epitome of opulence and high-status since its introduction in 1972. This series of exquisite full-size luxury sedans and limousines have been the poster boy of Merc’s merit and technological prowess over the past few decades. The latest 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class stems from Mercedes-Benz’s curiosity towards unexplored safety technology and futuristic gizmo. With the latest Mercedes-Benz User Experience(MBUX) to the world's first rear-seat airbags, the 2021 S-Class has it all, even though it's for an expected jacked-up price of $96,000.

Know more about the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class:

The 2021 S-Class lives up to its name with class-leading technology features and plush interiors. The S-Class has a high-status image that only a few other competitors could match, its looks are the highlights of its majestic presence on the road. After hearing about Mercedes-Benz’s latest digital announcement for the S-Class, with new groundbreaking safety features onboard, and for it to be slated to reach dealerships sometime around the end of 2020, we are more enthusiastic than ever. Read on to know more about the upcoming novelty safety upgrades of the 2021 S-Class.

"Meet the S-Class Digital": Information on Technical Advancements for the Safety front

Mercedes proudly unveiled the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class on September 2, 2020, across all digital platforms. To describe what is in store for the 2021 S-Class lineup, Mercedes announced a special digital series called the ‘Meet the S-Class Digital’. Through this informative series, Mercedes brings to light some of its standout features that will be in inclusion in the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S Class. The format of the ‘Meet the S-Class Digital’ series comprises a pressroom like a moderated show that takes place in the form of a studio interview. This interview includes information about the location and track tests of the latest S-Class. 

Fans and purists get to see more in-depth thanks to the various spy shots of the new 2021 S-Class shown throughout the presentation. These spy shots are accessible to the audience in the form of graphics, videos, press texts, and images of the new 2021 S-Class. A one-on-one interview session was also conducted with the Mercedes-Benz experts live on a video call to know more about the plethora of reforms in the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class. With this exclusive digital series, Mercedes strategically builds an intimate connection with its loyal fan base and car critics alike. The first edition of the ‘Meet the S-Class Digital’ series spoke in detail about the new generation of the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system. 

This episode titled “My MBUX” premiered on July 8, 2020, and is available to the public as a video on demand. What we are specifically interested in is the second episode of this thrilling series, the ‘Meet the S-Class Digital #2’. This episode “Innovation by Intelligence” features in-depth information about the industry-defining safety features that will embellish the inventory of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class. 

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What are the safety upgrades that come with the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class?

Mercedes-Benz amazes us every year with its innovative technology and setting new industry standards every year. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is no exception to this rule, with exclusive safety features that are set to rock the automotive industry. The latest addition to the safety package of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is a world's first rear-seat airbag package, a PRE SAFE Impulse side function, and an E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL suspension. These features are unique concepts for 2021 and look forward to setting the new safety standard for future luxury cars. 

Mercedes believes in its relentless quest for better technical solutions to improve safety in its vehicles. It has an experience of 50 years in this field gained by learning about its failures, including past events of Mercedes vehicle crashes. Learning from their mistakes gives us the blessing of profound knowledge that Mercedes benefits from. Time and time again Mercedes has proven itself by setting new milestones in various eras of time, like the airbag and the ESP electronic stability program. For 2021, the future of the S-Class series looks bright.

Rear seat airbags: First of its kind!

One of the standout highlights of the safety elements of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the inclusion of a one of a kind rear airbags provision. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class will be the world’s first car sporting optional airbags for rear-seat passengers. These airbags work on a complete foreign philosophy than that of the front airbags. 

These airbags are inbuilt to prevent the impact dealt with the rear passenger seating in the event of a frontal head-on collision. These unique airbags creep out from the back end of the front seats, protecting your loved ones from the accident impact. These airbags have a U-shaped design that helps to secure your head in matters of a frontal collision. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class will also sport child seats, optional Belt Bag, and inflatable seat belts. The rear safety airbags must comply with the child seats while deploying, which Mercedes ensures with no tumult.


Another additional bonanza for all S-Class buyers in 2021 is the innovative PRE-SAFE Impulse Side function and E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL suspension. This is part of Merc’s “Real Life Safety” philosophy that surpasses every legal safety limit, to ensure the top of the class safety for you and your family. Innovations are brought to life every year under this ideology that contributes to the maximum safety of the occupants inside the car and also outside in the actual world. Means of blending the active safety systems and passive safety systems inside the vehicle will fully integrate the safety system inside the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class. One example of this integration is the PRE SAFE Impulse side function in the new S-Class.

This function works with the help of cleverly placed radar sensors that identify the event of a side impact. The function works in unison with the airbag system to protect every occupant in the vehicle. This function moves the front passenger seats to the center of the vehicle and utilizes the E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL suspension to raise the S-Class about 3-inches simultaneously to shift the focus of impact to stiffer points in the vehicle’s structure. In simple words, Mercedes designs this system to prevent the impact collision from any side, be it front, rear, or side. All these brand-new safety packages make the S-Class a car to watch out for in 2021.

What other major safety features make their way into the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class safety package?

In the previous section, we spoke about the brand new features that the 2021 S-Class has in its assertive safety inventory. This section mentions most of the features that were already a part of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class and that which will be carried forward to the 2021 successor.

Active Blind-Spot Assist

Mercedes-Benz’s top-class blind-spot monitoring uses a set of sensors to detect an oncoming vehicle in the driver’s blind spot. The driver receives a warning on his infotainment screen. This feature comes in handy while cruising on multilane highways, and also through cities.

Lane-Keeping Assist

This is another constructive safety feature that helps the driver while maintaining lanes on a freeway. The radar detects if the driver is veering out of his lane and notifies him. If the driver neglects this warning, this safety system automatically adapts the vehicle to get it back on the lane. The radar as such reads the lane markings and brings back the car to that particular lane only if it drifts away without indication.

Adaptive Braking

Another signature move by Mercedes is the involvement of this exceptional braking system. As soon as the driver takes his foot off the gas, the brakes automatically adjust themselves closer to the disc rotors. In awful weather situations, the brake pads get rid of added moisture to enhance the friction. 

Another cool feature is the hill start assist that prevents the vehicle from rolling down a steep slope in case the driver loses his foot off the brakes. The adaptive braking also helps the driver to maintain a stop at a traffic signal. All you have to do is hold the brake pedal once and Voila! The car stays firm until you speed up again.

Attention Assist

Mercedes is the first automotive company to serve its motorists a driver fatigue system. This system comprises sensors on the interior of the car that detect the driving style of the chauffeur. If the driver diverts from his/her normal driving style, the system alerts the driver, and also in some, dire cases, the system advises the driver to pull over and take a pause.

Night View Assist Plus

The S-Class has a night vision system that uses infrared technology with a unique camera to provide a clear outlook of the road while driving at dark. This system automatically focuses its headlights on nearby pedestrians and can detect cold objects too.

In a nutshell, the major safety of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class are-

  • Active Adaptive Brake Assist 
  • Active Lane Change and Lane-keeping assist 
  • Evasive Steering Assist
  • Active Steering Assist
  • Active Emergency Stop 
  • Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC 
  • Blind-Spot Assist 
  • Active and Remote Parking Assist
  • Front, side, overhead and rear seat airbags
  • PRE-SAFE Impulse Side function
  • E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL suspension

Final Verdict: Is the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class safe?

Set to be unveiled in September 2020, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is set to reach dealerships across the US sometime around the end of 2020. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is in a league of its own, with arguably the best luxury and performance in a luxury sedan and an out of the world safety package too. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class has a suave personality with lots of upgrades upcoming in its lineup. 

The infotainment is already a champion in its segment, with as many as 5 displays inside the S-Class. The third episode of ‘Meet the S-Class Digital’ will showcase its lavish interiors. The safety features itself is a benchmark for every car to follow and Mercedes looks to influence the luxury sedan market for years to come, with its latest rear seat airbags and E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL. All-in-all, we might as well dare to go ahead and say that, there might not be a more safer car out there than the 2021 S-Class.

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What does the E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL suspension do?

The E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL suspension raises the vehicle height by a bit, just before an impending collision from the side. This is said to keep the occupants inside safe to an extent, if not fully.

WIll the Mercedes-Benz S-Class come with autonomous driving tech?

Mercedes-Benz already was equipped with autonomous driving tech long before, the other cars in its segment decided to. With the 2021 S-Class, Mercedes-Benz is expected to get to the Level 4 of autonomous driving tech.

Is the Mercedes-Benz S-Class a good car?

Mercedes-Benz S-Class is one of the world’s best cars. It has time and again received top rankings in all fields of concern. It also is one of the few premium luxury sedans, that do not trade off on the performance prowess of the car, just to achieve that extra motivation in terms of luxury. For the money it is being offered at, it seriously is a great offering.

How does the World’s first rear seat airbags work in the 2021 S-Class?

The rear-seat airbags are situated in the bac end of the front seats. They are placed there to prevent your loved ones from all sorts of accidents which involve a frontal head-collision.

When is the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class set to release?

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, is slated to be launched sometime in the month of September, and is expected to go on sale by the earliest of 2020 end.

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