- 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class price and specs detailed
- New limousine to launch with two six-pot petrol variants, with a V8 still to come
- Standard equipment includes dual screens, semi-autonomous driving, plush cabin and LED lights
- Order books open locally in March
Australian pricing and specification details for the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class have been confirmed.
Two variants of Mercedes-Benz's flagship S-Class limousine will be offered at launch, the 'standard' S450 4Matic and the long-wheelbase S450L 4Matic, priced from $240,700 and $264,900 before on-road costs respectively.
Both models derive power from a 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-six petrol engine, sending 270kW and 500Nm to the road through a nine-speed automatic transmission and 4Matic all-wheel-drive, for a 5.1-second 0-100km/h sprint time.
The straight-six mill is assisted by a 48-volt mild-hybrid electrical system, which can supply an additional 16kW/250Nm boost for short periods under hard acceleration, and enables combined fuel economy ratings of 8.2L/100km and 8.4L/100km for the S450 and S450L respectively.
Above and throughout: Mercedes-Benz S450L 4Matic pictured.
A higher-grade S580L variant is expected to be offered later down the road, pairing a 4.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V8 with a 48-volt system for a total of 370kW and 700Nm.
Compared to its entry-level European counterparts, Australian-delivered S-Class models are packed to the brim with technology and features across the entire range.
Standard equipment on both models is led by a high-tech cabin with a 12.3-inch 3D digital instrument cluster (with eye tracking) and a 12.8-inch OLED infotainment touchscreen running Mercedes' latest MBUX operating system, with satellite navigation (with live traffic and predictive functionality), Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, the MBUX Interior Assistant, and the "Hey Mercedes" voice assistant.
A head-up display with support for augmented-reality satellite navigation (which can virtually project navigation directions on the road up to 10 metres ahead) is standard, as are a 15-speaker, 710-watt Burmester 3D surround sound system, wireless smartphone charging, dual-zone automatic climate control, ambient LED interior lighting, puddle light projection, keyless entry and push-button start.
There's also an electric glass panoramic sunroof (with sliding and tilting functionality), a power-operated rear sunblind, a nappa leather-wrapped steering wheel, electrically-adjustable front seats with heating and cooling, memory functionality for the steering column, a fingerprint scanner, a hands-free power boot lid, heated power-folding exterior mirrors, rear privacy glass, and insulated acoustic glass for the front side windows.
Other standard features include adaptive Multibeam LED headlights, air suspension, power-closing doors, support for the Mercedes Me Connect smartphone app, flush retractable door handles, a 360-degree camera and semi-autonomous Active Parking Assist.
Standard active safety features across the local Mercedes-Benz S-Class range include adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, lane centering assist, lane change assist, evasive steering assist, and a traffic-sign assist system that reads speed signs and adjusts the adaptive cruise control system accordingly.
While German-market versions of the new S-Class will soon be able to drive themselves (under supervision, albeit) with the driver's hands off the steering wheels on mapped freeways at speeds up to 60km/h, Australian legislation means local customers won't have access to that level of functionality for now.
Additional features fitted to the long-wheelbase S450L 4Matic include a 110mm-longer wheelbase, power-adjustable rear seats with memory, automatic rear climate control, and forward-facing airbags in the backs of the front seats.
Options across the local S-Class range include adaptive Digital Light LED headlights – capable of projecting warnings onto the road with a range 150 metres greater than that of the standard LED units, thanks to 2.6 million 'pixels' – plus rear-wheel steering (with an angle of up to 10 degrees), 'active' ambient interior lighting and the Energising package.
Two 11.6-inch entertainment touchscreens can be specified for rear passengers, as can five different rear seat designs.
Order books for the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class will open in March 2021.
2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Australian pricing
- S450 4Matic – $240,700
- S450L 4Matic – $264,900 (up $25,965)
Note: All prices exclude on-road costs.