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Next-gen 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class bows with lavish appointments, high-tech features

A new, tech-filled S-Class is on its way.

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The just-debuted 2021 S-Class is the epitome of high-tech luxury in the Mercedes-Benz lineup - at least until the Maybach version arrives. The fresh, seventh-generation S-Class was designed to enhance a driver and passengers senses - seeing, feeling, hearing, and smelling - and it does just that, going beyond what a traditional car offers.

"The S-Class is the world's best-selling luxury sedan. With the latest generation we want to offer our customers innovation, safety, comfort and quality as never before," says Ola Källenius, Chairman of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG.

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class The car's wheelbase has been extended by two inches.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

The design of the car features a short front overhand, long wheelbase, and balanced rear overhang. It has classic sedan proportions with a wide track and sculpted surfaces. Three-point daytime driving lights are flatter than before and sit on either side of the high-status grille.

Mercedes has made the door handles seamless. They extend when the driver approaches or when the outer surface of the handle is touched. Keyless access is provided.

The new version of the car is longer and wider than the previous version. The wheelbase is also longer but when inside mirrors are considered, the model is narrower than the last-gen. There's a slightly wider track and its height remains the same. Nine out of 10 customers worldwide purchase the long wheelbase version of the S-Class sedan.

Mercedes has increased the model's passenger space. Driver elbow room is up 1.5 inches and rear passengers have up to one inch more elbow room. Rear seat headroom is up 0.6 inches while other interior dimensions remain mostly the same.

The trunk capacity has increased to 19 cubic feet of space.

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class At speed these handles seamlessly integrate into the body of the car.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes has sourced 216 pounds of components in the model from resource-conserving materials. The number of components containing recyclates is now 120 – more than twice as many as in the preceding model. Around 88 pounds more of the components are made from renewable raw materials.

The new S500 is powered by a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine that delivers 429 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. Paired with 48-volt mild-hybrid technology, the S-Class's powertrain is completed adding 21 horsepower and reaching an additional 184 pound-feet of torque.

The S580 gets its power from a 4.0-liter biturbo V8 that makes 426 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. It too has mild-hybrid technology that adds 21 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque.

The car has an electronically limited top speed of 130 mph, no matter which engine is chosen.

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class There are two engine options in the new S-Class.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes will offer the S-Class with available rear-axle steering to make it more maneuverable in city driving conditions. Mercedes has significantly reduced the turning circle of the car - even long wheelbase models with all-wheel drive have their circle reduced by six feet to under 36 feet.

The car rides on wheels available in sizes from 19 to 21 inches.

The sculptured look of the dashboard, center console and armrests was designed to appear to float above an "expansive interior landscape". One interior option features open-pore wood veneer that is set within real aluminum inlays. Vents are rectangular and slim.

The front passenger seat of the S-Class has up to 19 motors (8 for adjustments, 4 for massage and 5 for ventilation, one for the lumbar support and one to move the monitor when in reverse). There are 10 different massage programs available, each taking between eight and 18 minutes, with two stages of intensity.

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class The car is nearly the same proportions as before, a little longer and wider, but inside passengers gain more space.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

Models with the Executive Line are able to reconfigured in a variety of seat variations and can include a heatable head restraint cushion.

The second generation of the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) debuts in the S-Class. It features up to five screens worth of interactivity including some with OLED technology and can process at speeds 50 percent faster than the first-gen system. At the touch of a button, the new 3D driver display allows the driver to enjoy spatial perception of the surroundings with a real 3D effect thanks to eye tracking software.

There's a head-up display with augmented reality content that equals the display size of a 77-inch diagonal monitor. The fully-digital driver information display is 12.3 inches and the infotainment screen measures 12.8 inches diagonally.

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Quilted leather seats add to the luxeness of the model.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

The driver information display can be configured in four display styles (Discreet, Sporty, Exclusive, Classic) and three modes (Navigation, Assistance, Service).

The "Hey Mercedes" command now supports 27 languages with Natural Language Understanding.

Opt for the Burmeister high-end 4D surround sound system and Mercedes will install 30 loudspeakers and eight resonators, two fo which are integrated into the backrest of each seat. A nine-speaker sound system is standard and a mid-grade 15-speaker system is available.

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class The tablet-like infotainment screen is new for the automaker.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

The car features 17-step motors that control the temperature and air distribution in the climate control system. The quad-zone climate control has 20-step motors. These electric motors operate the air flaps . Seven personal climate profiles can be stored, plus a guest profile.

More than 50 electronic components of the S-Class can be updated via over-the-air updates.

Mercedes has installed 250 LEDs around the vehicle as ambient lighting that are linked to the driver assistance system and able to visually reinforce warnings.

The German automaker is selling the car with two Energizing options packages that are designed to provide a future customizable experience for the senses. The programs are available for from and rear seats and provide seven suites of treatments to choose from that initiate massage, climate, scent, sound, entertainment and lighting functionalities within the cabin.

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

The car's Driving Assistance Package allows for predictive compliance of speed limits, taking the choice to speed out of the driver's hands.

A rear airbag is available and adds an additional level of protection in the event of a severe collision where it works to protect the head and neck area of seatbelt-wearing occupants in the outboard rear seats. Additionally, the car has E-Active Body Control, which can raise the body fo the car to reduce the impact of a collision when the car's safety systems detect that a collision is imminent. It processes information at the rate of 1,000 times per second.

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class goes on sale soon. Pricing will be announced closer to its on-sale date.

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Hyundai Motor Group, the parent company of Hyundai, has announced the formation of a new unit - New Horizons Studio. The new venture is focused on the development of what Hyundai calls Ultimate Mobility Vehicles (UMVs).

New Horizons Studio is part of Hyundai's larger focus on the future of mobility. Unit workers will work to envision vehicles that wander with "unprecedented mobility". These products will focus on target customers that have unconventional travel needs whether it be to access places they have never been or adapt their mobility limitations to their surroundings.

Hyundai 'Elevate' Walking Car Concept

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New Horizons Studio is led by Vice President Dr. John Suh, who has held several leadership roles at Hyundai Motor Group since 2011. He served as founding director of Hyundai Ventures, and then led Hyundai CRADLE (Center for Robotic-Augmented Design in Living Experiences) as its founding director based in Silicon Valley. He brings over 35 years of expertise in the automotive and emerging technology sectors, including roles at Stanford University, Palo Alto Research Center (PARC; formerly, Xerox PARC), and General Motors Company.

"We aim to create the world's first transformer-class vehicle, also known as the Ultimate Mobility Vehicle," said Dr. Suh.

Dr. Ernestine Fu will move to New Horizons Studio as Director of Product Management. She has led research on human operator and autonomous vehicle interactions at Stanford University's Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Lab, as well as scaled emerging technology companies for over nine years as a venture capital partner at Alsop Louie Partners.

The Hyundai Elevate is the first vehicle being developed by the Studio. It debuted at CES 2019 and does not rely solely on wheels to makes it way across urban, suburban, and rural landscapes. The unit sees the Elevate as being able to respond in emergency situations like natural disasters or assist with persons who do not have access to an ADA ramp.

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Jeep has debuted a lineup of models that celebrate the company's 80th anniversary.

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The 2021 Jeep 80th Anniversary Editions are a special lineup of models that celebrate a birthday few nameplates reach. The 80th Anniversary Edition grade adds a host of equipment with commemorative enhancements to each model in the Jeep lineup.

2021 Jeep Wrangler 80th Anniversary Edition

2021 Jeep Wrangler 80th Anniversary Edition

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Jeep is making the Wrangler 80th Anniversary Edition available in Granite Crystal, Bright White, Hella Yella, Black, Firecracker Red, Sting Gray, Sarge, and Snazzberry paint colors.

The exterior enhancements to the model include Neutral Grey Metallic grille bezels, headlamp rings, and fog lamp bezels as well as body-color fender flares, and 80th Anniversary commemorative badging. Each 80th Anniversary model rides on 18-inch Granite Crystal-painted wheels wrapped in Bridgestone Dueler 255/70R18 all-terrain tires.

Inside, the model has black diamond embossed cloth seats with an 80th anniversary tag. Light Tungsten interior accent stitching, Anodized Gunmetal dash mid-bolsters, and Light Tungsten accent stitching on the Berber floor mats add color to the model.

The Wrangler has remote start, an 8.4-inch infotainment touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and satellite radio.

The 2021 Jeep Wrangler 80th Anniversary Edition has a starting price of $35,990 for two-door models and $39,490 for four-door SUVs. Each comes with an additional $1,495 destination charge.

​2021 Jeep Gladiator 80th Anniversary Edition

2021 Jeep Gladiator 80th Anniversary Edition

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Buyers can get their special edition Gladiator with a Granite Crystal, Bright White, Black, Firecracker Red, Hydro Blue, Sarge, or Snazzberry paint job.

It has a similar features list to the Wrangler, which includes 18-inch wheels painted in Granite Crystal and Bridgestone Dueler 255/70R18 all-terrain tires. Neutral Grey Metallic grille bezels, headlamp rings, and fog lamp bezels sit at the front while body-color fender flares grace the sides of the truck. Each model comes with 80th Anniversary commemorative badging.

The interior features list is the same too. It has black diamond embossed cloth seats with an 80th anniversary tag, light Tungsten interior accent stitching, Anodized Gunmetal dash mid-bolsters, and Light Tungsten accent stitching on the berber floor mats.

The Gladiator has remote start, an 8.4-inch infotainment touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and satellite radio.

The starting MSRP of the Jeep Gladiator 80th Anniversary edition is $41,740. Each model also comes with a $1,495 destination fee.

​2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee 80th Anniversary Edition

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee 80th Anniversary Edition

The Jeep Grand Cherokee 80th Anniversary Edition will only be sold as a 4x4. It is priced at $44,335 plus a $1,495 destination fee.

The model is available in Granite Crystal, Walnut Brown, Bright White, Diamond Black, Slate Blue, Sangria, and Velvet Red paint jobs. it rides on 20-inch wheels that have a Granite Crystal finish. The exterior also features 80th Anniversary commemorative badge.

Each Grand Cherokee 80th Anniversary Edition model features leather seats and Light Tungsten interior accents. The SUV has an 8.4-inch infotainment touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and satellite radio.

It also gets Jeep's ProTech II Package, which includes full-speed forward collision warning with active braking, ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, LaneSense Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and advanced brake assist.

2021 Jeep Cherokee 80th Anniversary Edition

Like the Jeep Grand Cherokee 80th Anniversary Edition, the Jeep Cherokee 80th Anniversary Edition will be sold just in a 4x4 drivetrain. It will be priced at $33,805 plus a $1,495 destination charge.

Jeep will sell the model in the buyer's choice of Granite Crystal, Slate Blue, Hydro Blue, Olive Green, Spitfire Orange, Sangria, Velvet Red, Light Brownstone, Bright White, and Diamond Black paint colors. 80th Anniversary commemorative badging is on the SUV.

Each special edition Cherokee rides on 19-inch wheels with a Granite Crystal finish.

The cabin features premium leather seats with Light Tungsten accent stitching, power front seats with lumbar, dual-zone automatic climate control, remote start, 8.4-inch infotainment touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, and a dual-pane sunroof. Anodized Gun Metal interior accents, a black headliner, and berber floor mats complete the look.

2021 Jeep 80th Anniversary Edition model full lineup

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2021 Jeep Compass 80th Anniversary Edition

The Jeep Compass 80th Anniversary Edition is also available just as a 4x4. Its $29,695 price tag is lower than that of the same edition of the Cherokee. It too has a $1,495 destination charge.

Jeep is selling the SUV in Granite Crystal, Laser Blue, Jazz Blue, Olive Green, Redline, White, Diamond Black, and Velvet Red paint colors. It has 19-inch Granite Crystal-colored wheels and 80th Anniversary commemorative badging.

The interior of the Compass has leather seats with Light Tungsten accent stitching, a power driver's seat with lumbar, automatically dimming rearview mirror, remote start, 8.4-inch infotainment touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, and navigation. It also includes Piano Black and Anodized Gun Metal interior accents, black headliner, and berber floor mats.

​2021 Jeep Renegade 80th Anniversary Edition

2021 Jeep Renegade 80th Anniversary Edition

The smallest Jeep, the Renegade, also comes in an 80th Anniversary Edition variant. It has a starting MSRP of $27,595 and only comes in a 4x4 configuration. A $1,495 destination charge is also applicable.

Jeep is offering the model in Granite Crystal, Alpine White, Bikini, Black, Colorado Red, Jetset Blue, Omaha Orange, and Slate Blue paint colors. It rides on 19-inch wheels with a Granite Crystal finish and has 80th Anniversary commemorative badging.

Dual-zone automatic climate control, Anodized Gun Metal interior accents, black headliner, and berber floor mats come standard on the model. It also has an 8.4-inch infotainment touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, and navigation.

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