Daimler Promises Digital Perfection With 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Formerly flush door handles pop out upon your approach above predicable 19-inch wheels (21-inchers if you get the AMG Package), while slick LEDs illuminate the road ahead with a three-dot pattern that matches the triangular tail lamps. The fancy-schmancy luminescence also migrates inside with some of the most ambitious ambient lighting we’ve seen on a production car.

But we need to talk about the rest of the vehicle before going on about the interior. Despite the S-Class never being famous for having the most striking exteriors in the world, the 2021 MY seems to be particularly vanilla. Mercedes is known to be conservative with its designs (most German automakers are), but this model doesn’t seem to move the needle far in either direction. It’s of little consequence, however. No one is going to kick this baby out of their garage because it doesn’t win the beauty pageant in a landslide. Besides, everyone knows it’s what’s on the inside that matters.

— less than 36 feet on the Executive.

AMG models and a plug-in hybrid edition are said to be forthcoming. Until then, the 4.0-liter V8 is the most potent powerplant you can buy. However, AMG’s super sedans won’t just amplify how quickly you can burn through a set of stickier tires or (presumably) making it easier to nix that digital speed limiter. They’ll offer enhanced driver assistance features not found on other models. Daimler claims you’ll even be able to enjoy some vehicular autonomy, albeit with the system maxing out at SAE Level 3.

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