Mercedes has showcased its new S-class facelift in India. The highlight of the event is the six-cylinder diesel engine. The motor meets the upcoming BS-VI emission norms, preparing for the emissions jump planned by the government in 2020.
BSVI norms help reduce the particulate matter particles by 82 percent along with a reduction in nitrous oxides by 68 percent. But since the BSVI fuel will not be available across the country (except for the metro cities before 2020), Mercedes has confirmed that the new technology is BS IV fuel ready and also allow a seamless transition of emission norms. Due to the new motor the car will give better fuel efficiency by approximately 6 percent, than the outgoing V6 motor.
The new motor has been affirmed under the new testing methods which include real-world testing for the first time ever in Indian history along with lab based testing procedures for legitimacy of emission numbers.
The previous S 350d was powered by a 3.0-litre V6 diesel motor engine that produced 258hp and 620 Nm of peak torque and was mated to a seven-speed automatic. But, this new 3.0-litre, in-line diesel motor (codenamed OM 656) is tuned to produce 286hp and 600 Nm of peak torque. While torque is 20Nm down on the previous engine but the power is up by about 28hp.
In terms of design, the of S-class facelift gets new head as well as taillamps and redesigned front and rear bumpers. On the inside, the sedan gets changes to the cabin including a new 12.3-inch HD screen, wood and leather options for interior trim and seats. It has a new seat-fragrance function along with ventilated seats.
The launch date of the S 350d facelift is said to be sometime after the Auto Expo 2018. At the event, Road and Transport minister, Mr. Nitin Gadkari, congratulated Mercedes-Benz for taking the first step forward while emphasizing on the importance of reducing emissions as early as possible with addition of bio-fuel powered as well as electric cars.
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