Just a few days back, Mercedes-Benz grabbed all the eyeballs by launching two new S-Class variants, the S 350 d diesel (INR 1.33 Crore) and the S 450 petrol (INR 1.37 Crore). And here’s all the information you need to know about the new standard of luxury on Indian roads.
Revolutionary and refined engines
S 350 d diesel – The new S-Class 350 d is India’s first ‘BS VI compliant– Made in India, for India’, vehicle with a state-of-the-art diesel engine that meets BS VI emission norms, two years ahead of the regulation. This world-class engine is capable of running on currently available BS IV fuel. Technological measures used in the new S 350 d leads to a reduction of emissions significantly, while introducing the most powerful diesel engine in Mercedes-Benz India’s history.
BS VI standards are far-reaching in scope and incorporate substantial changes to existing Bharat Stage IV emission standards. Of particular note is the tightening of Particulate Matter (PM) and NOx mass emission limits. In a BS VI vehicle, the NOx limit reduction is up to 68 percent and PM limit reduction is achieved at 82 percent, compared with BS IV.
S 450 petrol – Refinement, driving pleasure and responsibility – All of these characteristics are embodied in S 450's V6 petrol engine with 270 kW (367hp). Thanks to twin turbocharging and intercooling, the S 450 has huge reserves of power. The engine may give off its typical, unmistakably sonorous and cultivated sound, but fuel consumption stays unusually low. To add a cherry on the cake, Mercedes-Benz is offering the STAR Ease servicing package starting at INR 80,000 for the S 450 which significantly reduces its ownership cost compared to the outgoing model.
Unmatched interior and exterior upgrades
The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class also features a raft of changes, both externally and internally, that reinforces its status as the benchmark among all flagship saloons. It also comes with enhanced comfort options via the class-leading Rear Seat Comfort Package and high luxury, technology and entertainment system packages that enrich the passenger experience.
Interior – The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class models are fitted with a new multi-function steering wheel with ergonomic touch control buttons that allow intuitive control of most functions along with the integrated cruise control in the left-hand grip area.
The cars have electrically operated roller sunblind for the rear glass and side windows that enable the passengers to shield themselves from direct sunshine and prying eyes without disturbing the outside view.
The interior can be fragranced to suit personal preference with the AIR BALANCE package. There is a choice of six high-quality interior fragrances according to personal preference. In addition to this, the air quality can be improved by ionization and optimized filtering of the incoming and recirculating air.
The cars are fitted with Thermotronic automatic climate control in the rear which means temperature and air distribution can be individually set for the left and right sides using a control panel on the rear of the centre console. The ambience lighting in 64 colours showcases the high-class interior like a work of art.
A built-in smartphone integration system that allows integrating iPhones® via Apple CarPlay™ as well as Android smartphones with Android Auto into the vehicle, and operating them by voice control. There is also a provision for wireless mobile charging in the front and rear centre armrests. The new S-Class comes with Burmester® surround sound system with 13 speakers, a 9-channel DSP amplifier and a total output of 590 W.
Exterior – The new S-Class comes with an advanced Panoramic sliding sunroof with an obstruction sensor. The radiator trim with three twin louvres and vertical bars in high-gloss black highlight the new look and a new lower bumper with large air intakes and a sporty appeal. The multi-beam LED headlamps lend character to the front end with three striking light torches which are exclusive to the S-Class. New LED tail lights with crystal-look tail lamp make it stand apart when viewed from the rear. New 18-inch, 5-twin-spoke sporty look light-alloy wheels make their debut in the new S-Class.
Radar based Driving Assistance Features
Over and above the multifold safety features that come as standard, the new S-Class comes with optional safety technology: a new radar-based driving assistance system which reduces the risk of accidents and enhances the protection of occupants as well as other road users, and of course, can take the strain off the driver within the respective system limits.
Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC – Controls the distance to vehicles in front up to a speed of 210 km/h and if necessary brakes the vehicle with up to 50 percent of the maximum braking power.
Active Steering Assist – At speeds up to 210 km/h, Active Steering Assist helps the driver keep the vehicle in the centre of its lane on straight stretches of road or slight bends.
Active Braking Assist – The emergency braking function can help to avoid or lessen the consequences of accidents with vehicles in front and pedestrians.
Blind Spot Assist – It can warn the driver of vehicles in the blind spot during a lane change.
Mr Roland Folger, Managing Director and CEO, Mercedes-Benz India stated, “True to its legacy, the S-Class has emulated its global success in India and has had a phenomenal run in the country. To continue and build on this success, we have introduced the new version of our flagship saloon, which reaffirms its leadership status. This time around, it is not just intelligent, but also responsible luxury. By launching the first ever ‘Made in India, for India’ BS VI car, we have set a benchmark among all car manufacturers to support the Government in mitigating the rising pollution levels in the country. The new S-Class brings together luxury, design and technology that meet the highest standards of perfection, surpassing expectations for a vehicle of this class.”
“The new S-Class is also a highly intelligent automobile and is available with a host of features and highlights that uses the cutting edge technology, thus enhancing its driving appeal as well as the passenger experience; while being uncompromising on safety. With the introduction of the new diesel S 350 d and the petrol S 450, we are presenting our Indian customers the finest of offerings from our formidable product line-up and reinforce our motto of ‘The Best Keeps Leading’ for 2018,” Mr Folger further added.
The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class models are the finest combination of luxury, intelligence, advanced driver’s assistance systems and craftsmanship on offer. For more information about the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class models click here.
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Updated Date: Mar 06, 2018 12:00 PM