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Big Mercedes-Benz comes loaded with tech, but feels less weighed-down
Is the Mercedes-Benz S-Class any good?
You bet! Without fail, each new generation of Mercedes-Benz S-Class is tasked with setting new standards of excellence. And in the case of this one, its maker has pulled out all the stops with a car that's designed to be smoother and more serene than ever before.
But even if you're not in the market for a high-priced luxury car, you reall should take notice of this one. Much of the technology that debuts in this car will undoubtedly filter down into more popular cars over the next few years.
The S-Class also needs to be exceptional, as it faces a diverse and incredibly capable set of rivals in the form of the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, Bentley Flying Spur and the Rolls-Royce Ghost. It also has to battle top-end SUVs, such as the Mercedes-Benz GLS as well as the ever-popular Range Rover.
This is ignoring the growing selection of four-door coupes as well (Mercedes’ own offering, the CLS, is based on the E-Class but traditionally delivers the luxury of an S-Class in a sportier, smaller package) and Porsche Panamera. There are many, many vehicles the S-Class needs to outclass to get your attention – and, apologies for the spoiler, but we think it manages it.
What's it like inside?
This is, perhaps, the most welcoming S-Class interior yet, with an almost cosy wrap-around feel and lavish, soft surfaces everywhere. Technology still defines the S-Class' mission to blaze a trail others follow though, and there's a single, large display panel that slopes downward, with a central infotainment touchscreen dominating the overall view up front.
A new air filtration system is included, which can do things like pump perfume into the vents and automatically activate the recirculation setting when you go through a tunnel.
The 12.8-inch control screen is available with haptic feedback and OLED technology, and is easy to read from all angles and interact with as a conseqence. That clean interior design approach extends to the use of an augmented reality head-up display and 3D instruments that can be reduced to a minimal amount of information.
Several different designs can be had for the digital instruments, including a sporty one with red dials, to the classy Exclusive theme that displays white dials and backgrounds.
Mercedes-Benz’s MBUX 'Hey Mercedes' voice assistant has also had an upgrade, allowing for even more natural speech. If someone says they’re tired, one of the car's Energising Comfort programs can be activated, for example. When certain prompts arise, like an incoming call, the ‘Hey Mercedes’ activation phrase is not required – someone can simply say ‘Accept call’ – all in an attempt to simplify using the car's vast array of functions.
What's it like to drive?
Currently, there are two diesels and one petrol to choose from, all of which use Mercedes-Benz’s latest straight-six engine range. The S 500 petrol also has 48v mild hybrid assistance that helps boost torque and all hit 155mph. We've only driven the S 500 version so far, but it's powerful, smooth and surprisingly economical, given its size.
Unsurprisinly, S-Class majors on comfort – it rides on air suspension that lowers itself automatically at speed while giving a soft ride for passengers. Rear-wheel steering is also available in two versions, with one set-up allowing the rears to turn at up to 10 degrees. Mercedes claims that, four-wheel steering gives an S-Class has a similar turning circle to an A-Class hatch.
One advanced option is the E-Active Body Control system, which allows the new S-Class to tilt into corners like a Pendolino train. The technology also raises the ride height by 8cm when sensors detect a side impact is imminent, positioning the chassis to take the brunt of the crash via the door sills, rather than the doors themselves.
What models and trims are available?
The diesel line-up comprises of an S 350 d (286hp) and the 330hp S 400 d 4Matic (meaning four-wheel drive), while the petrol is the S 500 4Matic, which boasts a power output of 435hp. More models will follow in the coming months.
There are six trim levels to choose from – AMG Line, AMG Line Premium, Long AMG Line Premium, Long AMG Line Premium Executive, Long AMG Line Premium Plus and Long AMG Line Premium Plus Executive.
Even the entry-level AMG Line model is well equipped, coming with 19-inch wheels, air suspension with self levelling, keyless-go with seamless door handles, Intelligent LED headlights, parking package with reversing camera and power closing doors and bootlid. Move up the range and start plundering the options list at the sky's your limit.
What else should I know?
You can order an S-Class now, with deliveries set for later in the spring of 2021 – with the diesel S 400 d version offering the fuel consumption, and the S 500 giving the quickest performance, as you'd expect. But on paper, the gap between petrol and diesel has closed considerably. The gamechanger will be the plug-in hybrid S 580e, which is due to go on sale late in 2021.
Don't expect your local Mercedes-Benz dealer to be offering discounts any time soon, as it's so new and interest is running high. The number of cars coming to the UK will be limited so as to keep a firm control on supplies. We'll know more about reliability and ease of running as the year unfolds, but we don't expect it to be much different to the last S-Class, which was held in high regard in that respect.
Only launched a few weeks back, we have already had the chance to test Mercedes-Benz’ all-new E-Class Coupé. In fact, this E300 Coupé was a bit like Darth Vader’s wheels. Well, that’s what at least two of the people we happened across said. They’re coupled at the tote, old Darth Vader and black.
Anywa, this is the freshly face lifted Mercedes-Benz E 300 Coupe AMG Line. And it does one thing really well. It very much looks the part. But it also does a so much else very well, too.
E 300 Coupé Accelerates Strongly, Handles Well
Acceleration is impressive, smooth; road holding and handling involving – especially at an elevated pace. For a larger family-coupé, that is. Albeit a touch rowdy, this latest 255 hp 277 lb-ft Nm turbo four-pot has a fruity exhaust note and works the chassis well enough. Although that four-cylinder noise may be a disappointment to the petrol heads expecting a V8 burble. Welcome to tomorrow, Darth Vader.
Tight, fast cornering is a pleasure and road-feel is positive, if a tad noisy over rougher tar surfaces. Probably because of those tires. Otherwise, it’s silent as a ghost with impeccable ride quality. The E 300 Coupé reduces the effects of gnarly speed-reducing road-bumps and humps to a far smoother, more acceptable experience.
That 9-speed gearbox is a treat in everyday driving, although it tends to get a bit laggy if you push it hard, when the car’s considerable heft also starts to make itself known. And we noticed a tendency to creep without notice when stopped and idling though.
But there’s more to this car than just the go. It has the show in spades, too. Ours had the coolest black on black wheels and LED headlights on the outside. And if technology exists, it’s in this AMG line specced cabin.
E300 Coupé Party Time as tech Meets Craftsmanship
Our specimen E300 Coupé had an impressive and immaculate party time red and black trimmed leather cabin. Red? Oh dear – don’t tell old Darth. It’s an intriguing space where Mercedes tech meets craftsmanship. Unique turbine vents compete with that twin 12.3-inch widescreen in a spectacular trade-off for the most attention.
Mercedes-Benz has also taken its already hugely impressive multifunction steering wheel tech another step forward. It takes a bit of getting used to, but the expanded touch tech on this new wheel takes multifunction to a new level altogether. Merc’s rivals were still trying to catch up to the touchpad tech on the last level multifunction wheel. Now it’s just moved even further ahead…
You get a kaleidoscope of ambient lighting, a reversing camera, split folding rear seats and that bigger 12.3-inch screen. Trying hard to be an IMAX cinema on wheels, with proper smartphone connectivity to boot, infotainment really is top class. And Miss My Mercedes at your beck and call.
It’s Roomy for a Merc Coupé
The seats are adjustable. In every direction. So, in spite of a lower driving position visibility is great. Add a panoramic roof and splendid 13-speaker Burmester stereo. And even a Driving Assistance pack for semi-autonomous motorway driving. It had a Lane Tracking pack, which I’d never have. I stopped to turn it off post haste. But if that floats your boat…
That cabin really looks great and has high quality, rigid components. Typical merc. Most of all, this E 300 Coupé is sensibly roomy and without much compromise. Which is good for a Merc coupé. Four adults fit inside. All their baggage in the cavernous trunk. And those pillarless windows bring a bit of Subaru-esque je ne sais quoi, mind you.
So, if looking good and driving cool is high on your agenda, this Vader-like E-Class Coupe defines Mercedes at its imperious best. Not quite the boy racer, it’s more of a sporty posh luxury sled. It away takes that driving stress, rather than piling it on.
E300 Coupé is basically a Mini Me S Coupé
And it’s half the price of its S-Class Coupe big bro, so maybe best without the badge. It is a serenely relaxing experience, all the same.
Mercedes-Benz E 300 Coupé AMG Line
Engine: 255 hp 277 lb-ft 2-litre turbo petrol I4
Drive: 9-speed automatic RWD
0-40 mph: 2.81 sec
0-60 mph: 5.89 sec
0-100 mph: 14.16 sec
¼-mile: 14.3 sec @ 98 mph
50-75 mph: 4.14 sec
75-100 mph: 6.12 sec
VMax: 155 mph
Fuel: 38.7 mpg
The world premiere of the new flagship of the Mercedes-Benz brand was held on April 15. In the years ahead, the EQS model will have the significance that the S-Class had in the years behind us.
It may be able to connect with important Mercedes only because it is luxurious, but the new top limousine from Stuttgart is different in everything else. The unexpected design, called the "one bow roofline", has made the EQS the most aerodynamic production car in the world.
There is also a giant hyper-screen in the cabin of 141 cm and a range of 700 km on electricity (and the same amount of horsepower in the strongest version). These are just some of the trump cards, in fact, not trump cards, but tasks for others, because we know that, whether people like it or not, history records that Mercedes regularly sets standards. Meet the EQS - the electric sedan of the future, in the present.
The design of the arch-like sedan, which may not appeal to everyone, has contributed to the 0.20 cd EQS being, as we said, the most aerodynamic production electric sedan (better than both the Tesla S and the Lucid Air model). It's even a kind of legacy from Mercedes - some of the most cult models from the past could also boast that the gusts of wind can be their allies. We are thinking of one of the models that always evokes fond memories, and it was also the first compact sedan with a star on the hood - the legendary 190.
So, design. Yes, it is unusual. Some are already saying that the profile is "critical", while the EQS from the front and back is great. But it's still too fresh to comment. The design should be given time to settle, which has been confirmed many times throughout history. What we can say is that we liked the electric rival from Audi - the e-tron GT, at first glance. But we whispered that to you. We said we wouldn’t talk about design, much less about tastes.
EQS is the so-called "Liftback" sedan which, as they say from Mercedes, should cost something similar to the new S-Class. We'll see.
This sedan is also the first Mercedes to be built from scratch as an electric vehicle. It was created on the EVA platform on which EQE (E-Class on electricity), then EQE SUV, as well as EQS SUV will be based.
This base, among other things, allows them special air suspension and control of the rear wheels. Thus, the EQS is 5.2 meters long, 1.9 m wide and 1.5 m high, in addition to being aerodynamic, it also boasts a turning diameter of only 10.9 meters.
The distance between the axles is 3.2 meters (106 cm more than the S-Class), which means that two-meter walkers will be able to stretch their legs inside without any trouble. The lucky ones. And they will also enjoy the "No.6 Mood Linen" fragrance designed especially for EQS. It is number 6 because the first electric cars were added to the 1906 model range with "Mercédès Electrique" vehicles.
Who cares, the trunk is 610 / 1,770 liters (60 liters more than the S-Class).
Design. Again. It is important to say that the EQS is also made of a lot of aluminum, and in front of the mask there is a black panel that connects the headlights connected by a light strip that extends the entire width of the front part. Now watch this - Digital Light has a light module with three extremely powerful LEDs with light that is refracted and directed by 1.3 million micro mirrors. The resolution is, therefore, greater than 2.6 million pixels per vehicle. That's what they say in Mercedes.
We have already written about the cabin, because it was shown before the premiere (find out more here), so we will now present some very interesting figures and information about the hyper-madness inside. With the MBUX Hyperscreen, several screens seem to blend seamlessly, resulting in an impressive curved screen width of 141 centimeters.
The large glass covered by the Hyperscreen is three-dimensionally curved in the molding process at temperatures of approximately 650 ° C. This manufacturing process allows the display to be displayed without distortion across the entire width of the vehicle.
To get to the most important MBUX applications, the user navigates through 0 menu levels. Everything is there right away. That is why it is called "zero layer". Also, through this system, the driver has the option of remotely opening the rear door.
The display area of the optional larger head-up display corresponds to a 77-inch screen. The projection unit consists of a high-resolution matrix of 1.3 million individual mirrors. And they say that in a Mercedes.
For haptic feedback during operation, a total of 12 actuators are located below the surfaces of the Hyperscreen. If the finger touches certain places, they trigger vibrations. The coating on the glass makes cleaning easier, and only the curved glass consists of scratch-resistant aluminum silicate.
Two versions of EQS
The rear axle of the EQS 450 has an electric motor that delivers 333 hp and 568 Nm, while the more powerful EQS 580 has two electric motors (on each axle), thus offering e-4 × 4 drive and a total power of 523 hp and 885 Nm.
It reaches the "hundredth" EQS, weighing 2.5 tons, in 4.3 seconds, or 6.2 in the weaker version. Top speed is 210 km / h. Both versions use a powerful 107.8 kWh battery that can provide a range of 700 km.
An AMG variant is planned to be based on the EQS 580 iwill have more than 700 hp.
Otherwise, depending on the equipment, up to 350 sensors monitor the functions of the EQS and explore the vehicle's environment. And we don't count antennas in that number. The sensors measure, for example, distance, speed and acceleration, lighting conditions, precipitation and temperature, seat occupancy, and count and monitor the movement of the driver's hood or passenger speech.
So much for advanced technology for today.
The Mercedes-Benz A-Class is about to come in for a round of updates, as evidenced by a prototype spotted in Germany.
The prototype is for an updated version of the A-Class hatchback sold outside the United States, but we should see the same changes introduced on the sedan variant we get here.
The current A-Class arrived in 2018 as a 2019 model. We should see the updated version introduced in 2022 likely as a 2023 model.
We're still at a very early stage of development. Right now only the grille is camouflaged, and looking through the gaps we can see that there's a new mesh pattern. It also looks like the center of the grille, where the Mercedes logo would normally sit, will house a sensor for the electronic driver-assist systems. It's possible the sensor will be integrated with the logo in the updated A-Class.
It isn't clear at this early stage what other changes are planned. It's possible a plug-in hybrid powertrain is finally offered in the U.S. with this update. One has been available in other markets since 2019. In fact, this prototype is a plug-in hybrid, an A250e. The powertrain is comprised of a 1.3-liter inline-4 and an electric motor-generator integrated with an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission. System output is 217 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque, and the exhaust vents from underneath the car which is why you can't spot exhaust tips.
The A-Class is currently offered exclusively with 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4s in the U.S. The base version has a modest 188 hp but you can get an A35 from AMG, which packs 302 hp.
Don't look for a battery-electric A-Class. Mercedes had planned to launch an electric A-Class at one point but decided to focus on crossover body styles instead, hence the reason it has just launched the GLA-Class-based EQA and will soon add a GLB-Class-based EQB.
Mercedes-Benz is going all-in on their EQ line of vehicles, with six new cars confirmed to launch over the coming months and years. We’ve already seen spy shots of the EQS Sedan, which will be unveiled later this year. This time it’s the turn of the smaller EQE Sedan.
The EQE Sedan will be the second car to use Mercedes‘ new Electric Vehicle Architecture (EVA). Like the EQS Sedan, it’ll follow the hierarchy set by their legacy models, meaning that the EQE will play in the same segment as the E-Class.
However, the EQE won’t just be a simple rework of the E-Class body shell. It will be based on the new Modular Electric Architecture (MEA) and feature a swoopy cab-forward design, as we’ve seen with the EQS, inspired by the Mercedes Vision EQS concept car.
Like the EQS Sedan, the EQE Sedan (codenamed V295) will spawn an SUV variation. In what could prove to be a confusing naming convention, this soft-roader be called the EQE SUV.
From these images, it’s evident that the EQE is smaller in overall diameter than the EQS Sedan, with our spy photographers noting that it may even be slightly shorter overall than the current E-Class. But, thanks to the EVA platform’s flat-floor design, the interior is likely to be more spacious than the ICE-power car.
The EQE also offers a “proper” boot, unlike the five-door lift-back style featured on the EQS. The side profile’s most striking feature is how the beltline sweeps up in a manner not often seen in a Mercedes-Benz design. That said, the heavy camouflage and body panel disguise would indicate that the outlines of the rear quarter panels and the hood are not to be believed just yet.
The interior is expected to feature a version of the forthcoming MBUX Hyperscreen. The boundary-breaking dashboard features three screens sitting under one massive expanse of glass. The glass stretches from door to door and allows the front-seat passenger to have their own dedicated display.
Powertrains are yet to be confirmed, as the car itself looks set to be a 2022 model. What we expect, though, are twin motor setups with all-wheel drive. The German carmaker aims to offer the bigger EQS Sedan with a driving range of up to 435 miles (700 km), so expect to see similarly impressive figures from the EQE as well.
There’s also a strong likelihood that we’ll see AMG models of the EQE Sedan as well, set to take on the likes of the Taycan, e-tron GT, and Tesla Model S. Read more > https://mercedes-world.com/eq/mercedes-benz-eqe-e-class
Newly announced partnership with Nvidia will include over-the-air upgrades and could even yield a Mercedes App Store.
- Mercedes-Benz and Nvidia have announced a new partnership that will bring upgradable AVs and, maybe, a Mercedes App Store.
- This new deal doesn't exactly replace Benz's previous deal with BMW, which was put on hold last week due to future model timing.
- Based on the Nvidia DRIVE platform, the new partnership will be used in every next-generation Mercedes-Benz vehicle starting in 2024.
When planning for the future, it doesn't hurt to give yourself some options. Last year, for example, Mercedes-Benz and BMW announced that they would work together on autonomous passenger cars that would be available to private customers starting in 2024. Last week, that cooperation effort was put on hold and then this week, Mercedes announced a new partnership with Nvidia on automated-driving technology to be trolled out in new Benzes starting in 2024.
Even though that could be read as Daimler swapping out BMW for Nvidia for its upcoming AV tech, the reality is a bit more complicated. A Mercedes-Benz spokesperson told Car and Driver that the cooperation with Nvidia is independent from the one that was planned with BMW. "The timing with planned models from BMW did not fit, that is why we put the cooperation on hold and may resume later," she said. "With Nvidia we are looking at a software-defined architecture for automated driving features. This is different to what was planned with BMW."
Different and bigger. Danny Shapiro, Nvidia's senior director of automotive, told C/D that the future that his company's new deal with Mercedes-Benz offers comes with support from the top, which means Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang and Mercedes-Benz AG CEO Ola Källenius.
"Don't think of [the announcement] as a product but a change in strategy and architecture that [Mercedes'] entire future lineup is based on," he said. "It's very significant on both sides. It's rare for an automaker to put so much trust in another company. Ola and Jensen have been working very, very closely on this. It's top down in both companies."
Every Mercedes Will Get Nvidia's AI Supercomputer
So, what's in the deal? As Shapiro said, a lot. Mercedes-Benz and Nvidia are going to build a new software-defined computing architecture for automated vehicles based on the Nvidia DRIVE platform that will be installed across the fleet of next-generation Mercedes-Benz vehicles, starting in 2024.
"It's really a transformative business model for Nvidia and Mercedes-Benz," Shapiro said. "The entire fleet, every car from the entry A-classes to the S-classes, will have the highest-performance Nvidia AI supercomputer on board."
Shapiro said that each of these new Mercedes vehicles will come with the full surround sensor suite installed and then, similar to how Tesla does things today, it will be up to owners to decide if they want to activate features, either when they purchase the car or after the fact with an over-the-air update. "There will be different business models, subscription service possibilities or one-time fees or things like that, depending on the region, that potentially turns the car into a fully upgradable, perpetually upgradable device, and there potentially could be be a Mercedes App Store," he said.
The features include what Mercedes calls "state-of-the-art automated driving functionalities" that will be able to "automate driving of regular routes from address to address," but since Mercedes is only promising Level 2 and 3 autonomous driving, the driver may need to take over in some situations during the drive. Mercedes says future automated parking functions that use this system could offer up to Level 4 capabilities, which means the car could go park on its own.
Hood ornaments are dying. They have been for a long time, due to both safety concerns and automotive fashion trends. Jaguar laid down its leaper years ago, Lincoln’s crosshair thing was shot down years back, and Cadillac’s ornate wreath crest fell off its vehicles’ hoods and into the grille decades ago (then lost its wreath!). Mercedes-Benz remains one of the few bastions in the automotive space for the seemingly quaint marker, alongside Bentley and Rolls-Royce. But the majestic, hood-mounted three-pointed star is facing down a similar fate, at least here in the U.S.
The ’21 E-Class represents a remarkable mid-cycle update of an existing car, with Mercedes having improved and made over the luxury sedan, coupe, and wagon so deftly the E earned our MotorTrend Car of the Year award. It also represents the latest Mercedes model to lose its old-timey hood ornament, after the C-Class, SL-Class, and others, even though it had already been relegated to the fringes of the E-Class lineup here in America. The option is missing from the 2021 E-Class’s online configurator, and Mercedes has confirmed it no longer is available.
Previously, the E-Class was available in so-called “Luxury” trim, with a classic-style Mercedes grille—empty, with only chrome slats—and a three-pointed star perched atop a small plinth rising from the hood. The other trim, “Sport,” represents the vast majority of pre-refresh E-Classes and is the version you’re probably most used to seeing; where the hood ornament would be, it wears a flush button with Benz’s crest on it, and a more modern-style grille with a huge three-pointed star embedded in the center. The Luxury line also brought a more comfort-tuned suspension, tamer wheel designs, and other selections geared toward old-school Mercedes luxury instead of new-age, racetrack-tuned aggression common in the luxury car market these days.
Both the E-Class sedan and the station wagon were available in genteel, distinguished Luxury trim; now, there is no Luxury styling package available. But before the days of Luxury and Sport lines, the E-Class came with the hood ornament by default. That was phased out after the W211 generation was replaced in 2009 (pictured second from right, below); in that generation, even the high-performance E55 AMG model wore a proper hood ornament. It was the following generation (pictured far right), the W212, that introduced the star-in-grille style favored across the Mercedes lineup today to the E-Class.
Why, you might be asking, does any of this matter? Hood ornaments have been on the outs for years, what’s one more? The removal of the star hood ornament from the E-Class brings the well-worn trend to the doormat of Benz’s very core. Today’s E-Class can trace its lineage back through iconic mid-size vehicles that helped establish and cement Benz’s luxury credentials, including the W123-generation 200- and 300-series models, which are renowned for their bulletproof reliability, excellent build quality, and signature ka-chunk door closing sounds (a delight which today is only known to G-Class SUV buyers). What did all of those E-segment cars have in common? Hood ornaments keeping watch over a simple horizontal-slat grille.
It may come as small consolation, but Mercedes-Benz seems aware of the history and character tied up in its iconic hood star. Just look at the vehicles it continues to offer the hood ornament on: The all-new S-Class sedan, the standard-bearer for full-size luxury sedans, as well as the super-luxurious Maybach GLS SUV and S-class sedan. So, while the hood-mounted star may be gone from the E-Class’s option sheet, it’s not totally gone yet.
Should you want to indulge in today’s best mid-size luxury sedan, coupe, or wagon but just can’t stand the Mercedes star in the grille, we can offer you some hope. Mercedes-Benz designed and sells a version of the 2021 E-Class in Europe with the old-school grille and ornament treatment. We reckon that, were you to purchase the parts from Germany, you could (perhaps with some fabrication or creativity, depending on market-driven bumper and hood differences) fit them to your very own E-Class. After all, the grille shape suggests that piece is interchangeable, and the U.S.-market E-Class’s flush-mounted hood “button” appears to be in the same spot (and the same shape) as the hood ornament’s mount. Because there is just something special about driving a Mercedes and seeing that star hovering out over the edge of the hood and pointing the way. mercede-world.com