The new Mercedes S-Class has stripped down before the big debut.
With the reveal of the all-new 2021 Mercedes S-Class fast approaching, Mercedes has released the final teaser for the redesigned luxury sedan before its big debut on September 2. While previous teasers showcased the high-tech cabin and innovative safety features, this final teaser previews the elegant exterior in a new teaser sketch. As with most concept sketches released by automakers, the proportions are exaggerated with massive wheels and a more pronounced sloping roofline than the production model.
Coincidentally, our spies have also caught Mercedes performing some final testing with a pre-production prototype, giving us a more accurate look at the final production body than the teaser sketch. While previous prototypes were fully camouflaged, this one is practically naked. Covering its modesty are a few thin stripes of camouflage applied to the rear end and the front headlights.
At the front, the new S-Class sports full matrix LED headlights with a slimmer shape than the current model's and a larger grille. There are no door handles on the teaser sketch, but the pre-production prototype is fitted with pop-out door handles that give the profile a sleeker appearance. LED taillights with a new horizontal design adorn the rear end. It may not be obvious looking at the prototype's proportions, but the new S-Class will be slightly longer than the outgoing car, with a 1.57-inch longer wheelbase.
In the US, the 2021 Mercedes S-Class will be offered with a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine producing 429 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque in the entry-level S500, with an EQ Boost mild-hybrid system adding an extra 21 hp and 184 lb-ft.
Moving up the range, the mid-tier S580 will pack a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 with 496 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, while the same EQ Boost system will add an extra 20 hp. The range-topping S580e plug-in hybrid, on the other hand, combines the S500's inline-six with an 140-hp electric motor to produce a combined 502 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.
Our spies didn't provide any new photos of the cabin, but we've already seen the interior in all its glory. As you would expect, there is an abundance of touchscreens throughout the cabin, including a 12.8-inch portrait screen and up to three additional screens in the rear cabin. A new head-up display will also feature advanced augmented reality technology. More details will be revealed when the 2021 Mercedes S-Class makes its online debut on September 2.