A brand new prototype for the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class has been spied testing with little or no camouflage, offering us with a good suggestion of the car’s general design.
This prototype is completed in gloss black and consists of some gentle camouflage throughout the entrance and rear fascias. One of many first issues that can strike you concerning the design of the brand new S-Class is the sportier entrance and rear fascias that are extra angular than the outgoing mannequin and extra akin to the present Mercedes-Benz CLS.
Additionally of notice with this prototype are the pop-out door handles that sit flush with the bodywork when not in use. Our spy photographers have beforehand noticed next-gen S-Class testers with conventional door handles, main us to consider sure variants may have conventional door handles whereas higher-end fashions will get the pop-out models.
Inside, significant changes have been made to the automotive. For starters, there’s a giant digital instrument cluster and a 12.8-inch infotainment system neatly integrated vertically into the dashboard. This display screen incorporates the corporate’s newest MBUX software program and could be had with OLED know-how and haptic suggestions. As well as, the instrument cluster supplies a 3D impact with out the consumer having to make use of 3D glasses.
As a part of the model’s shift to extra screens and contact surfaces, it has taken away 27 exhausting buttons and switches from the outgoing mannequin. Important developments have additionally been made to the screens loved by rear-seat passengers.
Underpinning the brand new S-Class is the MRA II rear-wheel drive platform that makes use of carbon fiber and aluminum extensively in its development. This structure may also deliver with it rear-wheel steering. Different key items of know-how discovered inside the new S-Class will embody Degree three autonomous driving capabilities, energetic suspension, and extra.
Powertrain particulars stay unclear though electrification shall be current throughout the vary, together with numerous 48-volt mild-hybrid fashions and a plug-in hybrid.