Let'S check out the six top features for this very first look: first of all, let's talk mbux but i'm. Just going to call it mbux because it's easier, this is the second generation of mercedes latest infotainment system, and it goes big running on up to five screens. Five, a 12.3 inch driver display and a portrait oriented oled 12.8 inch center screen are both standard. Two 11.6 inch screens for rear passengers and a 7 inch portable tablet that can be used outside of the vehicle are all optional. Now what's cool about those rear screens is that they offer the full mbx experience, so a passenger can set driving directions or a radio station and then virtually send that information to the driver. Further, the driver's digital display can be set with different themes, as well as an optional 3d effect. Yeah that's right. The screen uses driver facing camera to see when you're looking at the gauge cluster, and then it can kind of morph to give it a three dimensional effect, without the need for special glasses, it's, really subtle and it's really cool, and thankfully you can turn it off. If it starts to give you a headache, mbooks also has expanded information offerings. The assistant can ask you trivia questions and inexplicably it can play. Animal sounds hey mercedes. How may i help you? How does an elephant sound like Music? I mean i never really needed to hear an elephant while driving, but i guess it could prove useful for something navigation in mbux has featured augmented reality from the get go and now that tech spills over to the head up display animated arrows clearly show where the Upcoming turn comes in, and it appears to be at a distance of about 32 feet in front of the car mercedes brags that that makes its head up display the equivalent of a 77 inch screen.
The s class will also feature rear seat, airbags, a first for a production car. They only come on the executive line trim and they deploy out of the backs of the front seats in an initial winged shaped structure after that is inflated and airbag deploys between those wings. Of course, this all happens in a split second, yet mercedes says that the tubular structure of the rear seat airbags can deploy more gently than the front seat, airbags with less risk of injury. If the rear seat is in a reclined position, an airbag under the seat, cushion inflates to keep the passenger from sliding under the lap belt – oh and those belt buckles yeah, you can get them illuminated, so you can see them better in the dark, because of course, You can all right. Let'S talk a little bit about performance. The new s class will be available with all wheel drive only in the united states, that's right, no more rear, wheel drive. The s500 has a three liter inline six cylinder engine with 429 horsepower and 384 pound feet of torque that's, a bump in both power and torque from the current model. The s580, with a 4 liter bi turbo v8, gets a boost in horsepower as well to 496. Ponies but torque remains the same at 516 pound feet of twist. Both engines get mercedes, eq boost mild, hybrid tech, that can add an extra 21 horsepower and 184 pound feet of torque to help with acceleration now rear axle steering has been a feature of german luxury brands for a while, but the s class is the first mercedes To get the extra maneuverability what's really cool here is that drivers have a choice of steering degree, 4.
5 degrees or 10 degrees, which should decrease the turning radius of an s class to under 36 feet. The system steers the rear wheels in the opposite direction of the front wheels at speeds under 37 miles per hour. Now there is nothing i like more than a luxurious seat and the s class should cradle my hindquarters in absolute bliss. Now, of course, there's heating and ventilation i'd expect nothing less, but for 2021 the seat heaters are combined with the inflatable air chamber. So the intensity is improved, plus the s class will come with no less than 10 massage programs, one two three four: five: six: seven, eight nine ten, each with two stages of intensity and depending on the program, the massage can last anywhere from eight to eighteen minutes. Yes, please driver assistance, features have always been super smart and in the new s class they get even more powerful for 2021. The adaptive cruise control gets predictive speed regulation and the active steering assist should be more useful on twisty back roads. The traffic sign technology can now recognize, stop signs and red lights and warn the driver, if they're about to do something highly illegal, like just drive right on through the car, will even change lanes for you searching for an opening in traffic for 15 seconds. Instead of 10, as in the current s class, however, i think the coolest feature is how the s class can basically read your mind. It can sense your intention to get out of the car and gives an audible and visual alert if there's, an oncoming car bike or jogger.
Oh and the best part. All this stuff comes standard on every model, which is pretty darn awesome. Finally, the 2021 s class will get electric door handles that deploy when the driver approaches or when that surface is touched. Sure it's a little thing, but you can't expect a car loaded with this much tech to have analog door handles. Can you plus it changes the car's silhouette just a little bit, making it appear more sleek and sophisticated? Now we know that the s class will arrive in showrooms in the first half of 2021, but we don't know about price just yet. The current s class starts at around 94 000 for the s450, with rear wheel drive and goes up to about 107 thousand dollars for the s560, with all wheel drive with all this new technology and luxury. I would not be surprised if the new s500 breaks six figures with no options, but we'll have to get closer to launch to know for sure hey. I hope you all enjoyed the first look of the new mercedes benz s class, which is your favorite feature.