Mercedes-Benz has taken the covers off the 2020 S-Class Saloon, the latest generation of the brand’s flagship model.
The new limousine offers increased space, luxury and refinement. It is also equipped with a host of new technologies to enhance convenience and safety.
The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class is expected to arrive in Singapore in Q2 2021.
The new S-Class has an even larger road presence than before, thanks to dimensions that are longer, lower and wider than its predecessor.
More significantly, the already substantial wheelbase for both short-wheelbase (SWB) and long-wheelbase (LWB) models has been further lengthened.
The SWB S-Class has a 3106mm wheelbase (+71mm), while the LWB variant offers 3165mm (+51mm). This makes the already commodious cabin even roomier than before.
To cope with its larger footprint, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class can be specified with the optional rear axle steering. This steers the rear wheels by up to 10 degrees and reduces the turning circle by two metres.
The latest Mercedes-Benz S-Class comes with the latest generation Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX).
Apart from the 12.3-inch instrument panel, the main highlight of the dashboard is the huge tablet-like display. It is available in two sizes – 11.9 inches or 12.8 inches, with the latter featuring an OLED screen with a higher resolution.
Mercedes claims that the new MBUX system is more intuitive than before and also offers more scope for personalisation.
MBUX can now also be integrated with Smart Home, enabling users to control their home’s connected functions such as lights and air-conditioning.
For the driver, the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class offers an optional heads-up display with augmented reality functions. This can come in handy when navigating, as animated “fish bone” turn arrows are projected on the windscreen to prompt the driver.
The latest S-Class also debuts Digital Light, which can project markings on warning symbols onto the road ahead. For instance, when approaching an stretch with roadworks, an excavator symbol can be projected onto the road.
Digital Light is a light module consisting of three powerful LEDs, whose light is refracted and directed by 1.3 million micro-mirrors.
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is initially available in five variants: S350d, S350d 4Matic, S400d 4Matic, S450 4Matic and S500 4Matic.
Powered by a 3-litre inline-6 turbo-diesel, the S350d offers 286hp and 600Nm of torque. It sprints from rest to 100km/h in 6.4 seconds.
The range-topping S500, on the other hand, is motivated by a turbocharged 3-litre inline-6 with 435hp and 520Nm. Mercedes claims a century sprint time of 4.9 seconds for this model.
The S-Class variant most likely to debut in Singapore is the S450, which has a turbocharged 3-litre straight-6 motor. With 367hp and 500Nm, it hits 100km/h in 5.1 seconds.
Both the S450 and S500 models will be equipped with EQ Boost, Mercedes’ 48-volt mild hybrid systems that boost performance and efficiency.
Torque understands that the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class will officially arrive in Singapore in the second quarter of 2021.