Mercedes launches India’s first BS-VI diesel car
Prices for the car start from `1.33 crore for the Mercedes S-Class 350 d diesel variant and `1.37 crore for the S-Class 450 petrol variant

Mercedes-Benz, India’s biggest German luxury car maker by sales, has introduced country’s first BS VI compliant–made-in-India, Mercedes S-Class sedan to boost sales in Asia’s third biggest car market.

Prices for the car start from Rs 1.33 crore for the Mercedes S-Class 350 d diesel variant and Rs 1.37 crore for the S-Class 450 petrol variant.

The car competes with the likes of the BMW 7-Series, Audi A8, Jaguar XJ L and the Lexus LS.

Significantly, the Pune-headquartered auto major’s new S-Class 350 diesel variant meets BS VI fuel emission norms, two years ahead of the deadline.

As per the government roadmap, BS-VI emission standards will come into force by April 2020. However, Delhi is expected to get the BS-VI fuel with high sulphur content earlier by April 2018.

The car’s engine is capable of running on currently available BS IV fuel as well. Technological measures used in the new S 350 d leads to a reduction of emissions significantly, while introducing the most powerful diesel engine in Mercedes-Benz India’s history.

The company’s flagship model is produced at the Chakan factory, near Pune which is the only plant outside of Europe that produces the S-Class saloon.

The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class also features a raft of changes, both externally and internally, that reinforces its status as the benchmark among all flagship saloons.

These include the latest generation of radar-based driving assistance systems that reduce the risk of accidents and enhance the protection of occupants as well as other road users.

It also comes with enhanced comfort options via the class-leading rear seat comfort package and high luxury, technology and entertainment system packages that enriches the passenger experience.

“True to its legacy, the S-Class has emulated its global success in India and has had a phenomenal run in the country,” Roland Folger, managing director & CEO at Mercedes-Benz India, said.

To continue and build on this success, he said the brand has introduced the new version of its flagship saloon, which reaffirms its leadership status.

“This time round, it is not just intelligent, but also responsible luxury. By launching the first ever 'Made in India, for India' BS VI car, we have set a benchmark among all car manufacturers to support the Government in mitigating the rising pollution levels in the country,” Folger said.

The new S-Class brings together luxury, design and technology that meet the highest standards of perfection, surpassing expectations for a vehicle of this class, he pointed out.

The S-Class facelift will be available in both petrol and diesel powertrains. The OM 656 engine used in the S 350 d is the most powerful passenger car diesel engine designed by Mercedes-Benz India. The inline-six cylinder motor delivers an output of 282 bhp and develops 600 Nm of peak torque. It sprints from 0-100 kmph in just 6 seconds. The new engine is also designed to comply with future emissions legislation.

For those who want more power, the S-Class 450 petrol, which is powered by the V6 petrol, and thanks to twin turbocharging and intercooling, puts out 362 bhp and offers 500 Nm of peak torque.

It accelerates between 0 and 100 kmph within just 5.1 seconds and it comes with a top speed of 250 kmph.

Michael Gonsalves