The Mercedes Benz S-Class facelift has been launched at a price of Rs. 1.33 crore (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the S 350 d variant (diesel) while the petrol S 450 variant comes at Rs. 1.37 crore (ex-showroom, Delhi). The former is the country’s first BS VI compliant diesel engine although it can also run on BS IV fuel at present. No wonder then that Roland Folger, the Managing Director & CEO at Mercedes Benz India, termed it responsible luxury when he talked of this new engine and also stated how it should be a benchmark for other automakers, coming two years ahead of schedule.
Folger also stated that the global success of the S-Class flagship saloon had been seen in India as well. He also talked of how the leadership position of the brand in this category will be reinforced by this new launch. Talking of engines, the new OM 656 diesel mill can make 282 BHP and 600 Nm and touches 100 kilometres per hour in just 6 seconds. The V6 intercooled and twin turbocharged petrol engine dishes out 362 BHP and 500 Nm. This engine can touch 100 kilometres per hour in 5.1 seconds.
Key safety features include Blind Spot Assist, Active Steering Assist, Active Braking Assist and Active Distance Assist. The S-Class is produced at the Chakan plant in Pune which is the only non-European plant to manufacture the flagship S-Class. The facelift comes with revised front and rear bumpers along with brand new tail lamps and headlights. The wheels are all-new and so are the pair of HD 12.3 inch screens which make up the infotainment system and central command unit. There are leather options for the seats and side panels along with the wood interior trim option. There is a new fragrance function for the seats along with the regular cooling, heating and massaging features. There is also the radar-based assistance technology which reduces risks of accidents along with enhancing overall protection for occupants.