2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Starting Price Increases By Over $15k

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While CEO’s and wealthy executives were able to purchase a Mercedes-Benz S-Class for less than six figures last year, that won’t be the case for the all-new model. The fully redesigned 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class arrives with a starting price tag of $110,850 including destination. That’s for the entry-level S500 4Matic sedan. If that figure sounds absurdly high, it’s because it is. Last year, the S-Class started at $95,245, which means pricing has gone up by an eye-watering $15,605.

Even for a full redesign, which the S-Class received for the 2021 model year, a $15,000 increase in pricing is abnormal. Sure, Mercedes has changed a lot on the sedan and it’s calling the vehicle the “most advanced sedan” the company has ever made. But that’s a lot of money for a vehicle that competes in a segment that isn’t as popular as it once was. Still, shoppers that have the funds to purchase the new S-Class will be impressed.

The S-Class gets a new standard engine for 2021. Power now comes from a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine that makes 429 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. Mercedes’ EQ Boost mild-hybrid system is included with the engine and is good for an additional 21 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. The new engine is much more powerful than last year’s base V6, which was rated at 362 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Additionally, the new S-Class comes with all-wheel drive as standard. Previously, it was a $3,000 option on the base trim.

The available turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 now comes with a mild-hybrid system as standard equipment, too. It’s found in the S580 4Matic and produces 496 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, which is an increase of 33 hp from last year’s engine. The S580 starts at $117,350.

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Beyond the updated powertrains, the S-Class now packs a dizzying amount of technology. Even the base S500 comes with a 12.8-inch central touchscreen with Mercedes’ latest MBUX infotainment system that has 50% more processing power, active ambient lighting that works alongside the driver-assist and infotainment systems, a lengthy list of standard safety features, and 10 massaging programs for the front seats. Those are just a few of the standard features on the new sedan.

The vehicle’s list of safety features is especially noteworthy, as the sedan comes with a 360-degree camera, a new 3D View Assist feature for tight parking spots, adaptive cruise control, and what sounds to be lane keeping assist. Mercedes’ new rear-seat airbag will be available as an option.

As we’ve come to expect from Mercedes, the S-Class will have a variety of optional high-end features. A Burmester 4D surround-audio system, an augmented reality head-up display, a 3D gauge cluster, two rear 11.6-inch touchscreens, a 7-inch removable tablet, massaging rear seats, and a wireless charging pad for passengers in the back are all optional. If you go with the range-topping S580 4Matic Executive Line, which comes with all of these features as standard, you’re looking at spending $132,500.

While we’re still waiting to see a full breakdown of standard and optional features on the S-Class, we’re surprised by how expensive the new S-Class is. Based on initial impressions, it certainly looks like it’s worth the extra money. The S-Class has always been the primary vehicle for Mercedes to showcase just how luxurious and high-tech its vehicles can be. Mercedes may have priced the new S-Class well above the BMW 7-Series and the Audi A8 L, but they’re not as powerful or as tech-forward. Additionally, we’re sure the S-Class will continue to have one of the more opulent ride qualities in the class.

Mercedes is expected to showcase the even more expensive Mercedes-Maybach S-Class soon. With the regular S-Class going up by $15,000, we’re sure the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class will get a similar increase in pricing. The 2021 S-Class isn’t the automaker’s flagship sedan, that title belongs to the even more ridiculously expensive Maybach-badged vehicle, but it has the credentials of a flagship model.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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