Mercedes-Benz S-Class facelift launched
Mercedes-Benz has launched the S-Class face-lift in India. The S 350 d has been priced at Rs.1.33 crore whereas the S 450 is priced at Rs.1.37 crore (ex-showroom India). While the facelift brings with it cosmetic and feature updates, the big news here is that the S 350d is the first made-in-India BSVI-compliant car, way before the 2020 deadline. But, it is still capable of running on BS IV fuel. Flagship models of the S-Class, the S 650 and S 560 Maybach have already been launched at the Auto Expo at a price of Rs.2.73 and Rs.1.94 crore, respectively. Also, the STAR Ease packages start from Rs.80, 000 for the S 450, amd Mercedes claims that the cost of ownership of the new S-Class is lower than the outgoing model. Changes to the exteriors are a little hard to tell. But, the S-Class facelift gets revised air dams, tweaked grille, new headlamps with ‘Ultra Range High Beam’ Multibeam LED units, rear bumper with integral tailpipe and new crystal-look tail lamps, similar to the ones on the E-Class LWB with ‘Coming Home’ function. The headlamps have the ability to scan the road’s surface, bends and more and then send the required info to the S-Class’s AI unit.
Inside, things largely remain the same and you are still wrapped in a cocoon of leather and luxury. Minor changes include new controls on the steering, new upholstery options, revised infotainment and instrument screen which is tucked behind a single piece of glass and an option to charge your phone wirelessly.
Now, to the heart of the matter. The 350d is powered by an ‘OM 656’ 3.0-litre, inline-6, turbocharged diesel engine. This engine has replaced the older 3.0-litre, turbocharged V6. Max power is now up by 27PS at 285PS but the torque has gone down by 20Nm, to 600Nm. In fact, this is the most powerful diesel engine ever produced by Mercedes-Benz in India. Coming to the BSVI compatibility, the S 350d will emit 68 per cent less NOx (majorly responsible for smog, acid rain and the destruction of the ozone layer) but only when it runs on BSVI grade fuel. Also, PM (Particulate Matter), which penetrates lungs and the bloodstream of humans via air, will also go down by a substantial 82%. Not just for the environment, but this motor is beneficial for you as well. Mercedes claims that the new engine is more fuel efficient by up to 6 per cent. Mated to the 9-speed automatic, the claimed 0-100kmph time of 6 seconds and the highest speed is a limited 250kmph.