Mercedes-Benz became the first car manufacturer in India to showcase the Bharat Stage VI compliant vehicle a few weeks back. Now the German manufacturer has officially announced the launch date of their flagship model in India. The facelifted S-Class will be launched on 26th February and it will be first made-in-India BS VI compliant vehicle on the Indian roads.
The luxury saloon is powered by a 3.0-litre, straight six-cylinder diesel engine with an output of 286 Bhp and 600 Nm. The new engine replaces the 3.0-litre V6 engine that produced 258 Bhp – 620 Nm. The car maker says that the new S-Class will be able to run on BS – IV compliant fuel that is widely available in India till the new BS VI compliant fuel becomes common. The Indian government has made April 2020 as the deadline to roll out BS VI compliant cars and the BS VI fuel will be available at the National Capital, Delhi from April 2018. Following that, the fuel will be rolled out throughout the country.
The new S-Class facelift gets minor changes on the outside. There are new headlamps, tail-lamps and bumpers. On the inside, it gets a brand new 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, new wooden inserts with leather trims, new ambient lighting and a new fragrance spray that keeps the car fresh. Luxury features like the ventilated seats with body massage function, four-zone climate control, electrically powered seats, seat heating with cooling and much more continue to remain unchanged.
The S 350d will be the first BS VI compliant diesel Mercedes in India. Alongside, there will be other engine options like a new inline 6-cylinder petrol engine and the range-topping twin-turbo V8 engine that were launched at the 2018 Auto Expo. The brand recently introduced the S 560 priced at Rs. 1.94 crores and S 650 priced at Rs. 2.73 crores at the event.