The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, a true beacon of everyday luxury debuts in India as it ups the ante on tech, luxe, and style.

The S-Class is a quintessential presidential ride, and we all know it. When pulling-up at a red light, passers-by perceive S-Classes differently from standard Ferraris or Lambos. In fact, with some amount of respect and curiosity, thinking if you’re some lesser-known royal on their way back from the Burberry store. After all, sports-cars serve style and horsepower while S-Classes, they’re a different breed of automobile altogether, offering deluxe cabin experiences and state-of-the-art tech.

As the brand’s flagship is being reinvented today and dubbed as the ‘W223’, here’s all that makes the new 2021 Mercedes S-Class so special.

2021 Mercedes S-Class

At first glance itself, you’ll notice that the headlights look slim and more aggressive, which have been borrowed from last year’s E-Class, giving it a much sportier feel. It also boasts a triple-set of LED lights that Mercedes call ‘Digital Light’. Breaking away from trends, here’s one sedan that doesn’t have an obnoxiously large German grille. It’s subtle, chic, and chromed.

I’ve noticed that Mercedes wanted this update to have a much sportier appeal compared to previous S-Classes. The front bumper with larger air-intakes and the twin chrome-finished exhaust tips play evidence to that. It may be subtle, but it’s a nice touch – The sedan gets Tesla-style flush door handles too. The interesting bit about the taillights is that it’s made up of tiny, vertically-placed triangles, contributing to an elegant silhouette.

2021 Mercedes S-Class

The real magic of 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class still lies in the cabin. The interior takes a serious leap by swapping out the predecessor’s round gauges with a cold futuristic and minimal vibe. Claiming to be a combination of “digital and analog luxury”, you can have up to five screens in this car with OLED glory and real-time eye tracking. Mercedes claim the car las 27 fewer knobs than its predecessor.

2021 Mercedes S-Class

The ultra-large and sleek head-up display creates a cool 3D effect too. The main attraction, however, is the central 12.8-inch tablet-style OLED infotainment screen. Ambient lighting is now better than ever using 263 LED lights and also an Interior Assist feat. The  MBUX system now gets a ‘Hey Mercedes’ feature among a long list of luxurious options. For audiophiles, there’s a Burmester stereo system jacked-in that creates “4D” sound, which means the seats vibrate to enhance the aural experience.

2021 Mercedes S-Class

Not that speed is a priority in this luxe affair, but the 3.0-litre, six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines are no slouches either. The 400d promises 330-horsepower and a notable 700-Nm of torque. If you choose the 450 petrol, expect about 367-horsepower and 500-Nm of torque. You can even opt for a 48-Volt ‘EQ Boost’ mild-hybrid system. All engines are mated to the nine-speed automatic gearbox and top-speed is limited to 250 km/hour.

Pricing for the Mercedes-Benz S-Class begins at Rs 2.17 crore. Currently, Mercedes are offering the S-Class in a sole fully-loaded, Launch Ediditon which comes based on their AMG Line trim level. Nearly 150 units of the new CBU, S-class Launch Edition have already been booked.

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Mikhail Gomes
Senior Features Writer
A watch aficionado, Gomes also enjoys learning about fine whiskies, and one day hopes to establish his own menswear label. At Lifestyle Asia India, he writes on watches, menswear, auto and tech.