Mercedes Benz India has begun assembling the flagship S-Class luxury saloon through the completely knocked down (CKD) kit route. The CKD assembly of the S-Class means that Mercedes Benz will have to pay a lower import duty, accruing to significant cost benefits to the car buyer. The prices of the S-Class are now slashed by a chunky 20 lakh rupees. Well, that’s the kind of money that can buy you two Honda City sedan in addition to the S-Class luxury saloon.
The CKD production of the S-Class will happen at Mercedes Benz India’s Chakan assembly unit. The S500 variant of the luxury saloon is a top-spec petrol engined model. The car is now priced at 1.36 crore rupees, ex-showroom Mumbai, a departure from its earlier CBU price tag of 1.56 crore rupees. The car is powered by a 4.4 liter-V8 twin turbo petrol engine that outputs 459 Bhp of peak power and 700 Nm of peak torque.
Mated to a 7 speed automatic gearbox, the engine propels the S-Class to a top speed of 250 Kph, with the nought to hundred sprint being dispatched in just 4.8 seconds. The rear wheel driven Mercedes Benz S-Class rivals the likes of the Audi A8 and the BMW 7-Series and the Jaguar XJ luxury saloons in India. Click here to read more about the all-new W222 Mercedes Benz S-Class, a car in its sixth generation.
When it launched the car in India late last year, Mercedes Benz brought in a limited run of 125 units, all of which were pre-booked even before the car went on sale. With production restarting, fresh bookings for the S-Class have been reopened at Mercedes Benz India dealerships across the country. In the coming months, Mercedes Benz will bring in a lower priced, turbo diesel engined version of the S-Class, which will be the real volumes puller for the luxury brand.
The diesel powered S-Class will be known as the S350 variant and will come with a 3 liter V6 turbo diesel engine good for 258 Bhp-620 Nm. All S-Class saloons sold in India are long wheelbase versions. Mercedes Benz has discontinued the Maybach range of luxury saloons with the Pullman limousine edition of the W222 S-Class slated to be the replacement for the Maybachs.