Mercedes begins local assembly of new E-Class

Mercedes Benz India has begun the local assembly of the new E-Class sedan at its plant in Chakan near Pune. The new E-Class was launched last week at Rs. 41.50 lakh for the E200 CGI petrol and Rs. 44.48 lakh for the E250 Avantegarde CDI diesel. These cars will be made at the plant. There are also 100 units on sale of the limited edition E250 CDI priced at Rs. 49.90 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi. Also read: Mercedes E-Class launched at Rs. 41.50 lakh

The Mercedes E-Class has been one of the most successful models for Mercedes Benz in India, with the company having sold over 23,000 units till now in India. The Mercedes E-Class was the car that most of corporate India turned too when a luxury sedan for the top executives was needed. Successful businessmen also picked the Mercedes, until of course, the BMW 5-Series and the Audi A6 sedans came in to spoil the party. Thus began a price war. Also read: Mercedes B-Class road test and review

Now to keep costs competitive, especially in the wake of the government having hiked duties on imported cars, Mercedes is locally assembling the E-Class to keep the price tag attractive. The car is pretty capable, and at that price point it is relatively better value when compared to its competitors in terms of luxury feel.

The car comes with two engine choices – a 2 litre petrol putting out 181 bhp of power and 300 Nm of torque and a 2.2 litre diesel engine putting out 201 bhp of power and 500 Nm of torque. It is loaded with features as well such as intelligent adaptive lighting, start-stop system, reverse camera, attention assist, navigation etc. It also has internet connectivity for its infotainment system. In terms of safety it features 8 airbags, ABS, ESP, traction control and ParkTronic semi-automatic  park assistance.  Read: Mercedes ML350 CDI road test