2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class to Get Cutting-Edge Safety Features

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【Summary】Rear-seat airbags, in-car monitoring, and active suspension that can raise the vehicle by three inches in the case of an imminent collision will all be available on the upcoming S-Class.

Original Vineeth Joel Patel    Sep 08, 2020 6:00 AM PT
2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class to Get Cutting-Edge Safety Features

Mercedes-Benz has always been a leader in automotive safety. When Mercedes gets ready to introduce any kind of new feature, be it a safety feature or a new infotainment system, the S-Class is usually the first vehicle from the luxury marque to market to get it. The German automaker is set to introduce an all-new S-Class for the 2021 model year and the automaker recently put out some information on what we can expect in terms of cutting-edge safety features when the model comes out in September. A few of the major features include all-wheel steering, rear-seat airbags, and dynamic suspension.

48-Volt System To Bring New Tech

One of the coolest features the 2021 S-Class will come with is called Pre-Safe Impulse Side. The system utilizes a radar system to detect an imminent collision from the side of the vehicle. If the car senses that a collision is going to happen, it raises the entire vehicle up by three inches to divert the force of the collision to the door frame. Instead of the door taking the majority of the impact, raising the entire body lets the frame handle the shock of the crash. Pre-Safe Impulse Side utilizes the S-Class' 48-volt system to operate.

Another new innovative safety feature that will be available on the upcoming S-Class will be rear airbags. They'll be available with the executive rear-seat package, which is predominantly aimed toward consumers that enjoy being chauffeured. In the case of an accident where passengers in the back lurch forward, the rear airbags will cocoon the passengers' heads in a tent-like airbag in between two wings. The airbags have been designed to be able to protect children, child seats, and adults in the case of an accident. Rear-seat airbags may not sound like a big deal, but the 2021 S-Class will be the first production vehicle to come with them.

New S-Class Coming This Fall

Lastly, a new in-car monitor will be available on the new S-Class. At the moment, Mercedes only claims that the monitor will be able to detect a child seat in the front passenger seat for the first time ever. The nifty MBUX infotainment system will use the in-car monitor to portray an alert in the display about the proper way to fasten the seat's belt. The seat belts will be offered with "illuminated designer belt buckles," which should make them easier to buckle in the dark.

These features are just a few of the ones that will be available on the upcoming S-Class. Others include a 360-degree camera, an improved Active Parking Assist feature, and active blind-spot assistance. While the official reveal of the 2021 S-Class is still a few months away, the automaker's slow release of features proves one thing: Mercedes wants to keep the S-Class at the top of the luxury car heap.

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