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10 coolest high-tech features of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class MBUX system

The improved MBUX system has new features for the 2021 model year S-Class.

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The newest version of Mercedes-Benz's flagship model will have new ways to keep its driver and passenger safe, and keep passengers occupied, all thanks to a tech infusion. And there's a new level of security that helps you keep your information safe.

You can open and close the sunroof with a hand gesture.

No need to press a button! New convenience features include the ability to preposition the driver's seat and outside mirrors according to body side, operate the rear roller blind by glancing over the shoulder, and using a hand gesture to open and close the sunroof of the S-Class.

There are five screens.

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class MBUX features tech

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The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class gets five screens including one at the center of the car, lower than the traditional setup and orientated portrait-style, that is a 12.8-inch OLED screen with haptic feedback. Buyers can get up to three screens in the rear. A standard screen sits in front of the driver.

Your preferences can be transferred to any seat. 

Want to switch drivers? Change seats after a quick stop? Now there is no fuss. Simple scan a QR code with the Mercedes app and the vehicle is automatically connected to the Mercedes me account. Personal preferences such as a favorite radio station and preselected settings can be transferred to any seat via the personal Mercedes me profile (up to seven can be saved). These setting can be used in other Mercedes vehicles as well.

This setting could be especially helpful for fleet drivers who ferry around "regulars". They can save their clients' seat settings and preferences then apply them to the vehicle before arriving for pickup.

Fingerprint, face, and voice recognition is used for security.

In addition to the use of a PIN, new authentication methods are available in the 2021 S-Class. The MBUX system now features fingerprint, face and voice recognition, which allows access to individual settings or verification of digital payment processes from the vehicle.

The driver's information screen has four appearance styles and three modes.

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class MBUX features tech

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The driver's information display features a three-dimensional effect. Drivers can choose between four different appearance styles of the screen: Discreet, Sporty, Exclusive, and Classic. The screens also function in three modes: navigation, assistance, and service.

The car warns you about your safety.

The car's exit warning function uses cameras to recognize that an occupant wants to leave a vehicle. If another user is approaching in the blind spot, the active ambient lighting becomes part of the exit warning system and flashes red. The system can slo check whether a child seat is correctly attached to the front passenger seat. Additionally, there is a driver attention monitor.

The voice assistant is capable of chit-chat.

This technology appears to work in a similar fashion to Amazon Alexa or Google Home. The new Chit-Chat function can answer a number of general domain questions, start a dialogue with a real person, connect to and control home appliances, and more.

Your Mercedes is listening to everyone.

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class MBUX features tech

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The car's voice assistant can be operated from each seating position. Using the "Hey Mercedes" voice command to activate the microphones within the car. However, "Hey Mercedes" isn't always necessary. For example, "Accept call" will answer a ringing phone call. The system now supports 27 languages.

The head-up display has augmented reality content.

The system doesn't just show you which way to turn. It shows lanes and overlays the lanes with arrows to show which way to go. Mercedes calls these arrows "fishbones".

The HUD's display area corresponds to the area of a 77-inch diagonal televisions.

Content can be shared among screens.

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class MBUX features tech

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Content presented on screens throughout the cabin can be shared with other passengers. Selection and amendment of navigation is now possible from the rear seats.

More information about the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is expected to be revealed in the coming weeks.

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BMW sends its V12 engine off in style

BMW will build its final V12 engine this June.

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Most automakers are focused on building EVs and extracting the best fuel economy from gas engines possible, so it’s not surprising to hear that BMW is pulling the plug on one of its biggest and most iconic engines. In June 2022, BMW will build its very last V12 engine for use in a super-limited-production special edition 7 Series model. The ultra-rare cars will carry a starting price of $200,995.

BMW 760i xDrive The last V12 will power a very special (and very expensive) 7 Series car.BMW

Only twelve lucky customers will have the option to nab a V12-powered BMW, which will be called the M760i xDrive. Displacing 6.6 liters, the twin-turbocharged beast produces a massive 601 horsepower. An eight-speed sport automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard. BMW says the powertrain is strong enough to push the hefty 7 Series car to 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.6 seconds.

The final-run cars will feature little more than a special “V12” badge at the rear to differentiate them from standard 7 Series models. Inside, the car features a serialized plaque with the car’s production number out of the 12 units planned. The engine itself features a nameplate with “The Final V12.”

Beyond the badges, BMW’s 12-cylinder last-hurrah will come standard with 20-inch M double-spoke wheels, a choice of any available BMW full Merino leather color, M Sport brakes with black or blue calipers, a panoramic LED roof, remote control parking, a Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound system, and adaptive LED headlights.

BMW 760i xDrive Only 12 of the cars will be built, with a starting price of more than $200,000.BMW

Though it hasn’t been BMW’s most popular engine over the years, the V12 has been a part of the automaker’s catalog for 35 years. The first 12-cylinder engine showed up in 1987, producing 295 horsepower in the original 750iL sedan.

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The iX M60 will hit dealers' lots in June 2022.

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BMW's electric vehicle catalog is growing rapidly as the automaker rolls out new electrified cars and SUVs. The latest is the iX M60, a red-hot five-seat SUV with sleek styling and a spectacular list of standard features. BMW announced the new SUV this week, along with pricing and release date details.

The iX M60 is BMW's first performance-oriented electric SUV, though BMW calls it a sports activity vehicle, or SAV. Its powertrain has been massaged to produce up to 610 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque. Maximum power delivery is limited to times when the vehicle's launch control is activated, but even the "normal" numbers are impressive: In regular driving situations, the iX puts down 532 horsepower and 749 pound-feet of torque. Acceleration to 60 mph takes 3.6 seconds and the iX M60 can go on to an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph.

2023 BMW iX M60 Though extremely sporty, BMW doesn't shy away from using loads of luxurious finishes and materials. BMW

The iX brings more than performance, as its charging capabilities are quite strong. Using AC power, the vehicle can charge from 0-100 percent in 10.25 hours on its fastest setting. Using its fastest DC power setting, the iX can charge from 10 to 80% in just 35 minutes.

Two electric motors power the SUV, which provide standard all-wheel drive. Dual-axle air suspension is standard, along with electronically-controlled shock absorbers. BMW says that the air suspension is controlled individually at each wheel, so the vehicle can adjust ride height in several ways to maintain stability and remain level in corners.

2023 BMW iX M60 The vehicle can run from 0-60 mph in under four seconds and features standard AWD.BMW

When it goes on sale in June, 2022, the 2023 BMW iX M60 will have a starting price of $106,095, which includes a $995 destination charge. That's a flagship price tag, but the SUV's got the performance and a flagship-level list of standard features. That six-figure dollar amount buys 21-inch wheels, heated and ventilated front seats, wireless phone charging, AC fast charging, a panoramic sunroof, LED headlights, a Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System, four-zone automatic climate controls, and more.

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