New 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class gets 3D instrument cluster, next-gen MBUX software


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Every new Mercedes-Benz S-Class needs to be significantly better than its predecessor. The next-generation model is almost ready to make its global debut, and official details about it are beginning to emerge. Mercedes announced the sedan will inaugurate a new version of its MBUX infotainment system that’s packed with a mile-long list of features ranging from fingerprint recognition to a Chit-Chat function that answers questions.

The software’s central component is a 12.8-inch, portrait-oriented OLED touchscreen with haptic feedback technology. It groups the functions you’d normally expect to find in an infotainment system, like navigation, connectivity, and entertainment, and it’s also used to adjust the climate control system. Going all-digital allowed Mercedes to design a dashboard with 27 fewer buttons than the one in the outgoing, current-generation S-Class. Safety-related features (like the windshield wipers and all of the lights) are still operated via stalks, however.

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