The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class reveal continues to unfold, and there is much to unpack. The protracted unveiling of the model—which has come by way of a lengthy press release from Mercedes that offers an in-depth look at all aspects of the company’s flagship luxury/performance sedan for 2021—includes a description of the autonomous tech built into the line for the new model year.
We’ve already published interior-specific and general surveys of the 2021 S-Class, but, in its effort to keep the S-Class in its position as the paradigmatic European luxury sedan, the automaker has packed the car with as much tech as it possibly can; Mercedes claims the MBUX system has received a 50% boost in power. And the litany of techy features includes an autonomous driving system.
The S-Class lineup will come prepped for both Level 3 and 4 autonomous operation. As of now, Mercedes is calling the available system Drive Pilot, and it slots as Level 3, which means the driver must remain fully engaged behind the wheel. What it means for owners is that, in certain areas designated for autonomous car use, the S-Class can be allowed to set speed and car-to-car proximity in-lane. Speeds are currently limited as the tech continues to develop.
Level 4 in the 2021 S-Class is currently limited to autonomous parking. Dubbed Automatic Valet Parking, the technology works at compatible parking locations and allows the car to park itself. A press of a button in the Mercedes app summons the car back. Mercedes has not yet confirmed whether the feature will be available in the U.S.
We have at least one more significant press release coming from Mercedes regarding the 2021 S-Class: the reveal of the Maybach version. That’s reading we’re looking forward to, as that particular variant will likely represent the finest regular production luxury-performance sedan on the market for the upcoming model year.