Mercedes-Benz has launched the S-class facelift at Rs 1.33 crore for the diesel engine S 350d and Rs 1.37 crore for the petrol engine S 450 (ex-showroom, India). The S-class has always remained a top and ideal car among the luxury car buyers . And due to this the German carmaker has sold over 6,700 of them in last 18 years in the Indian market. Interestingly and also surprisingly, the new car models comply with Bharat Stage VI emission norms while running on BS-IV grade fuel.
Speaking at the launch Mercedes-Benz India head, Roland Folger had shared that the company used the learnings of Euro-V to Euro-VI conversion. It had faced a similar issue due to limited availability of Euro-VI grade fuel across the European region.
A new 3.0, six-cylinder diesel motor, has replaced the previous 3.0-litre V6 diesel in the new S 350d. To meet the upcoming BS-VI norms, this new OM656 engine emits 68% less nitrous oxide and 82% less PM (particulate matter) while running on BS-IV grade fuel. The engine is also mated to a 9-speed G-Tronic automatic transmission and produce 28hp more than the previous engine and stands at 286hp. Though, the torque is lower by 20 Nm at 600Nm.
The S 450-the petrol one is powered by a 3.0-litre, V6, petrol engine that churns out 367 hp and 500Nm of torque. The engine is mated to the same 9-speed automatic transmission. Both the new cars are equipped with new generation radar-based driver assist features like active distance assist with emergency braking and active steering assist.
From the outside, the new S-class isn’t all that different from the outgoing car, with alterations limited to new triple-striped LED headlamps, new tail-lamps and slightly re-profiled bumpers. On the interior front, Mercedes has included a new 12.3-inch touchscreen unit, which adds futuristic appeal to the interiors. A new leather and wood trim option for the interior and seats sides are also new. The update also adds a new fragrance into the car and 64 ambient lighting options. Ventilated seats with a massage function and four-zone climate control continue to compliment the luxury.
Since it meet BS-VI standards while running on BS-IV grade fuel. Which means that the new S-class has an edge over its core rivals – the BMW 7-series and Jaguar XJ.