With the showcasing of the new S-class facelift in India, the German company Mercedes is highlighting the six-cylinder diesel engine. The motor of the car meets the new Bharat Stage-VI emission norms even when it does run on the BC-VI fuel that is available in India at present. It is the first made in India car that is complying with the BS-VI. The government of India is expecting to roll out the BS-VI fuel all over the country by April 2020. The plans are to roll it in Delhi by 2018.
The CEO of Mercedes-Benz Roland Folger has said that the company had faced a similar challenge in Europe in 2010 when the Euro VI emission norms were put into effect. The Euro VI fuel wads were available only at a limited number of locations. The company had designed the engine such that the Euro VI engine could be used with the Euro V fuel.
The company is claiming that the new engine would be producing about 68 percent fewer nitrous oxides and 82 percent less particulate matter. The engine would also be more fuel efficient with a 6% rise in efficiency than the V6 motor which was being used. The previous model, the S 350d was powered with the help of a 3.0-litre V6 diesel motor that is putting out 258 ho and 620 Nm of peak torque. The car has a 7-speed automatic transmission. The new engine, the 3.0-litre inline diesel mill would be offering 600 Nm of peak torque and 286 hp of power.
The S-class facelift would be getting new headlamps and tail lamps. Redesigned front and rear bumpers can also be found on the S-class facelift. The refreshed flagship of the Mercedes would be tweaked to make the cabin include a new 12.3-inch HD screen. Wood and leather options are also available for the interiors. The manufacturer has also confirmed that a BS-VI compliant new petrol engine would also be put out in 2018.