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The 2021 Mercedes S-Class will be important - except it might not be

Why the next flagship Merc could be slightly pointless

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Historically speaking, every feature we take for granted in cars was once only available in the big, luxurious limousines. Then about 10 years down the line, those technological advancements trickle their way into regular family cars and possibly even economy boxes.

Stuff like anti-lock brakes, airbags, cruise control and crumple zones were only a thing for expensive luxury boats back in the day. But of course, every car had them now.

So, traditionally if you wanted to take a glimpse of what your everyday Ford Focus might have in around 10-15 years time, you had to explore what features were currently available on your boss's limousine. For decades, the king of the running order was the Mercedes S-Class. And there's good news to report: there's a new one coming along!

Image credit: Daimler Global Media Site

Image credit: Daimler Global Media Site

By the year 2021, Mercedes is set to unveil a brand new generation of their flagship car. Not only this important since it has to live up to the legacy of nine previous generations, but it'll give us a glimpse into what Mercedes has done to move the world on in automotive technology and engineering. It'll be a sterling preview of what we can expect in the future.

Or will it?

You see, in an age where cars are being filled with more and more useless gimmicks, will the S-Class even be an example of forward thinking anymore?

Image credit: Daimler Global Media Site.

Image credit: Daimler Global Media Site.

Now, don't get me wrong. The current W222 generation S-Class has some truly mesmerising features on board and did pave the way to future technologies in more attainable cars, but has the car industry come to a peak? Has it become even more difficult to come up with revolutionary ideas that'll disrupt the industry? I think so.

The current car is kitted out like a NASA control room. Menu after menu and there's more ambient lighting and comfort settings than the earth itself. Surely replacing it is about as difficult as creating skincare for Gordon Ramsay?

So, in a world where semi-autonomous driving and is becoming somewhat of a norm. It wouldn't surprise me if the new S-Class was an evolution of the current one. Perhaps it might just be a case of throwing in an extra few angles for the parking cameras or 12 new colour options for the ambient lighting. In other words, the sorts of things that just won't move the game on.

Image credit: Daimler Global Media Site

Image credit: Daimler Global Media Site

The S-Class traditionally introduced some incredible some incredible things over the years: such as night vision cameras, radar-guided cruise control and lane-keep assist. Things that moved the world on and have now pretty much become standard practice in cars of today.

But because the car industry has come such a long way since the beginning of this century, there surely cannot be a lot more things that Mercedes can add to make the new S-Class... revolutionary.

The way I see it: the only way Mercedes can truly move on the game is to make the S-Class fully autonomous - no semi nonsense - I mean fully without any driver input for any type of journey. But because the car is due to come out soon and the technology hasn't been nailed, I suspect that's not going to be the case.

Image credit: Daimler Global Media Site.

Image credit: Daimler Global Media Site.

But as ever, you can never really judge a car until its full release. I could be talking complete rubbish and the S-Class might come with its own orbiting set of planets - who knows?

But nevertheless, while the launch of the new S-Class will undoubtedly be one of the most important releases of the 2020s, it's within my right of speculation to suggest that it might not be any more revolutionary than the previous generations. Perhaps for the very first time, the S-Class could be deemed as a slightly pointless car.

Who knows what's to come, but I'm not sure whether it'll be very radical. Then again, you never know what inventions will change the world until someone creates it.

What do you think?

This is entirely opinionated and there is a chance I could be wrong! If you have anything to say or think otherwise, please get in the comments.

But nonetheless, thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Comments (9)

  • You might be on to something. Evolution doesn't mean it won't be a Sonderklasse as always in terms of refinement and selling figures, but looking straight ahead in how the automotive market behaves lately, it is slightly possible that Benz will take a risk-easier (read less costly) route while still retaining it's greatness in S-Klasse.

    I sure hope it won't. Sonderklasse can be liked or hated, but it's a daddy among much louder names in luxury business. I hope it stays a gamechanger as always.

      3 months ago
    • Exactly; and I'm counting on them to come up.with some incredible new features that should change the game. But if not... hmm

        3 months ago
  • It may well be not that revolutionary, as we already have semi-autonomous cars with the Tesla and others, and full autonomy is still yet to be developed, as you mentioned. But I dont think that an S-class will be pointless, oh no. It will still be a good looking, super comfortable, super safe, and a pretty fast way to go around (I am not saying "drive around", as most of these things are driven by schoeffers). And it says a lot about the owner, without shouting it. In Moscow S-classes had almost become a part of the landscape, you can spot one every 5 minutes. Paraphrasing Clarkson, they could make a car that does 300 mph, runs on water and costs 3 pence, and people would still buy S-classes, because why wouldn't you? :)

      3 months ago
    • Yes, I see what you mean. Executives in London couldn't live without the damn things and I'm sure they'll sell by the dozen. But the previous ones moved the game on in the automotive industry whereas I suspect this one might not - again, could...

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        3 months ago
    • Maybe it wont be a game changer, but it would still be the definitive luxury saloon, I think. With Bentleys and RRs being in a different league, in terms of price at least, it is still the obvious choice.

      And the game changing thing is now, I...

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        3 months ago
  • I'd wager the next S-Class will be the same as the generations preceding it. Look at the W222 for example. It debuted features like the magic carpet ride (or whatever it's called), and while that has yet to trickle down to the mass market, people didn't know they actually wanted it till Benz brought it out.

    I personally love the S-Class, and I'm pretty confident the next one will be amazing. There's too many cars out there trying to be all things to all people, bit there's only one S-Class.

      3 months ago
    • Magic Body Control, it was called. Pretty amazing system, as demonstrated by that hilarious chicken advert, lol. But yeah, I suppose customers will abide that notion of it being the top dog in the luxury car market.

        3 months ago
  • That’s what they all thought👀👀 we just have to wait😂

      3 months ago
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