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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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Three new Mercedes-Benz EVs we can't wait to see

Mercedes showed off its electric future at the 2021 IAA Mobility show in Germany.

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Mercedes-Benz is going electric, and though it only recently announced its firm plans to do so, it already seems that the German automaker is moving quickly toward that goal. At the 2021 IAA Mobility show in Munich, Mercedes showed off some of its upcoming electrified products. We've seen the EQS, a flagship electric sedan, but three newcomers made an appearance at the show.


Mercedes-Benz EQB EQB will be Mercedes' electric family SUV.Mercedes-Benz


EQB

EQB is the brand's family-sized SUV, offering seating for up to seven people. A long wheelbase of 111.3 inches and adjustable second-row seating allows more interior space for people and gear. Mercedes says the EQB will offer two powertrain configurations: The EQB 300 4MATIC will get 225 horsepower and the EQB 350 4MATIC will sport 288 horsepower. A front-wheel drive configuration will go on sale later and a long-range model will follow.


Mercedes-Benz Concept EQG The EQG will eventually become the brand's electric off-roader.Mercedes-Benz


EQG

Concept EQG is a preview of the eventual electrification of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, its boxy, upper-crust off-roader. This concept is far closer to a design exercise than something we'll actually see in production, but it's an interesting demonstration, nonetheless. With 22-inch wheels, wild exterior lighting touches, and what the automaker says will be legendary off-road abilities, the EQG will be an exciting vehicle when it does make an appearance.


Mercedes-Benz EQE EQE will follow the EQS as a smaller, sportier electric sedan in 2022.Mercedes-Benz


EQE

EQE is the second car to use Mercedes' EVA2 electric architecture, following the EQS sedan. The car is currently scheduled for a staggered release in mid-2022 and will feature a more compact and sportier design than its predecessor. Mercedes says that the car will be available with either 19- or 21-inch wheels, and notes that its size is comparable to the current CLS coupe-sedan. The car offers an impressive range of up to 410 miles on a single charge from its 90kWh battery and special charging capabilities through the Mercedes me Charge network.

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Three new EVs we can't wait to see

The F-150 Lightning is just one of several new EVs we'll see soon.

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With all the crazy news coming out of the auto industry this year, it'd be easy to believe that the rollout of new models is slowing to a snail's pace. The pandemic and ongoing microchip shortage have slowed vehicle production, to be sure, but they haven't put the brakes on automakers' push to roll out exciting new electric vehicles. In the next few months alone, we'll see several new electric trucks, cars, and SUVs hit the market, some of which will break new ground and help define their segments. We're on board with this trend 100 percent, and to help you get excited, we've rounded up a few of our favorites.

Here are the three upcoming electric vehicles we're most excited to see.

Ford F-150 Lightning

One of the world's best-selling and most popular vehicles is going electric. The Ford F-150 Lightning is set to arrive in 2022 with a fully electric powertrain, forward-looking technology, and a familiar style that will make any truck lover feel at home. We don't have full details on the truck, but Ford has shared some awe-inspiring performance numbers. The Lightning will offer around 563 horsepower and 775 pound-feet of torque, which should push the truck to 60 mph from a standstill in just four seconds. Payload capacity comes in at up to 2,000 pounds, and towing will reach 10,000 pounds for specific configurations.


Ford F-150 Lightning The Lightning will offer impressive capability in a familiar package.Ford


The Lightning's starting price will come in under $40,000, but don't get your hopes up about actually buying one for that amount. Ford says the entry-level Lightning is a commercial truck that will be a stripped-down work-ready vehicle, which likely means features like vinyl seats and far fewer of the desirable tech goodies that you'll want. To get the truck you and your family will want to drive, you'll need to spring for the XLT model, which starts just shy of $53,000. That's quite a bit more, but it is still a somewhat reasonable price to pay for what will surely be a capable electric pickup.

Mercedes-Benz EQS

The S-Class is a unique model in Mercedes-Benz's lineup. The car typically showcases the automaker's latest technologies and design techniques and offers a glimpse of the features that eventually trickle down to the rest of Mercedes' vehicles. Soon, we'll see the EQS, a fully electric flagship sedan that paves the way for the brand's other electrified offerings. The car will have a range of well over 400 miles on a charge, up to 516 horsepower, rear-axle steering, and breathtaking technology.


Mercedes-Benz EQS The EQS will usher in a new electric era at Mercedes.Mercedes-Benz


The EQS is expected to land sometime late in 2021 and will carry a price tag that matches its premium brand name and top-notch feature set. Pricing for the "entry-level" EQS 450+ will come in at around $100,000, while the top EQS 580 4MATIC will land well north of that number. Remember, though, that Mercedes offers a long list of ultra-desirable options for its cars, so you'll likely shell out more than the base price to get the features you want.

Hyundai Ioniq 5

The Hyundai Ioniq name is nothing new, but the way it will be seen in the automaker's lineup will change significantly going forward. Rather than being a model name within the Hyundai catalog, Ioniq will split off and become its own sub-brand, covering a line of electric vehicles of all types. The Ioniq 5 is the first such vehicle and will be offered in single- or dual-motor configurations that generate 225 or 320 horsepower. The car's futuristic design is attractive and features a pixelated look for the front-end, lighting features, and rear. Inside, the vehicle is clean but comforting and offers the features buyers expect in a family crossover.


Hyundai Ioniq 5 The Ioniq 5 is the first in what will be an entire line of new EVs from Hyundai.Hyundai


The Ioniq 5 should go on sale in late 2021 and is expected to cost between $40,000 and $50,000.

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