Mercedes-Benz India has launched the new S-Class facelift (2018 Model) in two variants – S 350d and S 450 priced at Rs. 1.33 crore and Rs. 1.37 crore (ex-showroom, India). Both the petrol as well as diesel versions come with BS-VI compliant engines.
The premium flagship sedan from the German car-manufacturer gets both interior and exterior changes, the S-class will get a new 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a new leather trim and ventilated seats. The exterior will carry some cosmetic changes like new head lamps, grille, air intakes, new LED tail lamps, redesigned exhaust pipes and all-new 5-twin-spoke 18-inch alloys.
The 2018 S-Class is powered by a new BS-IV compliant 3.0-litre, in-line 6-cylinder diesel engine producing 282 BHP and 600 Nm of peak torque, which replaces the old V6. The S 450 comes with a new 3.0-litre BS-VI compliant V6 petrol engine delivering 362 BHP and 500 Nm of torque. Both engines come equipped with a 9-speed automatic transmission. This would mean that the S-Class would be less pollutant compared to other cars when it hits the road.
The car will spearhead Mercedes push for BS-VI engines in India, with the BS-VI compliant Maybach set to arrive in late-2018. It is ahead of the current norms practiced in India, with BS-VI compliant vehicles set to be mandatory from April 2020. Rivals include the BMW 7-series and the Audi A8. Expect the car to do well given people’s preference to Mercedes cars in the luxury car segment.
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