Mercedes Benz India has just launched the diesel powered W222 S-Class luxury saloon here, at a price of 1.07 crores ex-showroom Pune. The S350 CDI version of the Mercedes Benz S-Class is aimed at being a volumes spinner for the German luxury car marque given how diesel powered luxury cars outsell petrol powered ones many times over, in India.
While Mercedes Benz launched the W222 S-Class, in S500 petrol guise last year, the initial lot of the high performance petrol car was imported through the completely built unit (CBU) route. Now though, both the petrol and diesel powered W222 S-Class models are assembled at Mercedes Benz India’s Pune factory through the semi-knocked down (SKD) kit route.
Cars brought in through the SKD route attract much lower import duties than CBU imports and these duty savings have allowed Mercedes Benz India to price the diesel powered W222 S-Class at 1.07 crore rupees. It must be noted that the CBU import S-Class, in S500 petrol guise, was initially priced at 1.58 crore rupees, ex-showroom Delhi. Now, the price of the S500 model has fallen to 1.36 crore rupees due to SKD assembly in India.
Coming back to the just-launched diesel powered model, the S350 CDI variant is powered by a 3 liter, V6 turbo diesel engine that outputs 258 Bhp of peak power and 620 Nm of peak torque. The engine is paired with a 7 speed automatic gearbox that drives the rear wheels of the luxury saloon.
The S-Class gets air suspension as standard with multiple settings to suit different kinds of roads. The car is loaded to the gills with safety technology and creature comforts, and is in fact the most advanced luxury saloon in the world, especially considering all the technology that Mercedes Benz has packed into the car. Click here for an in-depth insight.