Mercedes Benz has finally revealed the latest in terms of the 2016 E-Class which has been spotted multiple times across the year, albeit in camouflage. The latest images though, are from the assembly line and the influence of the new design philosophy of the company can clearly be seen on the model as well.
The design looks quite similar to that on the new C Class and the new S Class with the interiors too being based on the MRA platform from Mercedes, which is the same as the C Class. This means that the car will be as much as 100kg lighter as compared to the present model and the cabin and interiors too are likely to be quite similar to the S-Class, which is the flagship offering from the company.
The long wheelbase version and a Maybach edition of the E-Class have also been spotted in the past though the German automaker is yet to provide any confirmation to these models. In addition to this, the company may also release a coupe, a cabriolet as well as an estate version ensuring that potential customers have a lot to choose from. An all road edition of the E-Class may also be launched and this will be taking on A6 Quattro Allroad from Audi. The official launch of the 2016 E-Class will take place next year in January at the NAIAS in Detroit.
Mercedes Benz India is all set to launch the new GLE come October 14, 2015. This will be a new luxury model from the brand and is being regarded as a revised and updated edition of the ML-Class which is being done away with.
In terms of design, the GLE looks somewhat similar to the ML, but has the new Mercedes look about it. This means that the car has an aerodynamic and angular look and looks refreshing and updated.
The interiors too have seen a bit of change. There have been upgrades and it definitely looks even classier than before. There is a new display for the infotainment system, the 3-spoke steering wheel looks sportier and the air vents have been redesigned as well.
In addition to this, Mercedes will also offer the GLE with a nine-speed auto transmission as compared to the older seven-speed gearbox.
It is likely that the car will come with two engine options here in India. One is expected to be the 3-litre V6 diesel which delivers 258bhp of power and the other, the 2-litre four-cylinder diesel which has an output capability of 203bhp. The car though will be mated to a new 9-speed 9G-TRONIC automatic gearbox which is a welcome change and will also make this the first car in India from Mercedes to come with this transmission option.
The GLE will take on the Audi Q7 and BMW X5 in what is fast becoming an ultra competitive segment.
The ultra luxurious Maybach S600 as well as the Mayback S500 sedan has been launched by Mercedes Benz in India and comes priced at Rs.2.60 crore and Rs.1.67 crore respectively. The S600 was revealed last year globally and will replace the stand alone Mayback brand. The Mayback is Mercedes’s reply to the likes of Bentley and Rolls Royce.
The S600 comes powered by a 6.0-litre twin turbo V12 engine that delivers an unbelievable 530bhp of max power as well as 830Nm in terms of to maxrque and is mated to the 9G Tronic gearbox. The S500 is powered by a twin-turbo V8 powertrain and delivers an impressive 459bhp of power and 700Nm of torque.
In terms of looks, both the cars are stunning with the cabin being similar to the S-Class, but with tons of new additional features. The longer wheelbase also means that there has been a significant bump in terms of legroom and seatbelt airbags have been added to car as well which will be the first of its kind in any vehicle. The double MM Maybach specific logo also adds to the allure of both the cars setting them apart from the rest of the line up.
The Maybach S600 will be imported into India through the CBU route while the S500 will be assembled here at Mercedes’ Chakan plant. The S600 has already been sold out for 2015 and bookings for the S500 will begin soon as well.
Mercedes’s most premium brand, the Maybach, will launch its S600 luxury sedan in India on September 25th. The S600 is similar in many ways to the Mercedes S-Class, but surpasses the former in many ways as well. For instance, the S600 is a good 20cm longer compared to the S-Class.
The Maybach S600 is powered by a 6.0-liter V12 engine that gives a peak output of 515bhp and peak torque of 830Nm. The engine is mated to a 9-speed 9G Tronic transmission system. The S600 can hope from zero to 100kmph in less than five seconds. It is noteworthy to mention that the Maybach S600 is a rear wheel drive car.
On the inside, the Maybach S600 comes packed with premium features. Some of those features include things like adjustable back seats with LCD screens, tray table, massagers etc. The car in all likelihood will be brought to India through the Completely Built Unit (CBU) route and thus the price of the car would be on the higher side. We expect the Maybach S600 price in the Indian market to hover around the Rs.3crore mark, meaning that the car will be positioned above the S-Class or even the AMG cars here.
There’s great news for Mercedes-Benz fans in India with the brand launching the c63 S AMG in India at an ex-showroom, Delhi price of Rs.1.30 crore.
The C63 AMG is performance oriented and looks sporty and has the quintessential Mercedes-Benz treatment written all over it. The car has 19-inch wheels and the large breaks as well as contrast coloured calipers add to the look.
The basic design is quite like the C-Class sedan and the interior has been enhanced keeping the AMG tag in mind. The seats are AMG specific and there is a chrome garnish, leather wrapper steering wheel and contrast coloured leather sports seats, all this in addition to the quintessential AMG badging.
The car is powered by a 4.0-litre twin turbo V8 engine that gives it an unbelievable 510bhp in terms of power. The car is mated to a 7-speed transmission and has the AMG ride Control sport suspension as the standard. It takes just four seconds for it to go from 0-100kmph and has a top speed of 250kmph which it has been electronically limited to.
Mercedes-Benz has become extremely active on the scene in India and has planned as many as 15 car launches in 2015. The C63 S is the fourth AMG model which has been released this year and will be coming to India through the CBU route. Mercedes-Benz is looking to compete with the BMW M3 with this offering and judging by how it looks now, the BMW is in for a fight.
A new Mercedes Benz dealership has been opened in Chhattisgarh capital of Raipur. Called Auto Hangar Raipur, it is one of the 15 dealerships that Mercedes plans to open this year. Located close to National Highway 6 at Tatibandh Square, this dealership was built in 10 months with an investment of Rs.8 crore.
The showroom is spread over an area of 17,707 square feet and includes a customer lounge, a Mercedes Café, accessories display area and a service area for cars.
From premium luxury cars point of view, Chhattisgarh is still not than an attractive market, but it is growing. So it is clear that Mercedes wants to have a footprint in this part of India and have included it in its expansion plan.
Currently, Mercedes has 74 dealerships in 39 Indian cities – highest by any luxury car maker in India. The company is planning to add 15 more by the end of this year.
Mangalore is the latest city to get a Mercedes Benz outlet as the company opens its 74th dealership in the country. Spread across 4,500 square feet, this dealership took Mercedes 10 months to build with an investment of Rs.1.8 million. The dealership has been opened in partnership with Sundaram Motors Mangalore and is located at Summit, Airport Road, Marryhill.
This year has been particularly good for Mercedes customers as the company has already launched ten cars this year, with the S 63 AMG being the latest to join the ranks. The company is now trying to spread its dealership network across India to reach out to every nook and cranny of this nation in order to sell these products.
Amongst premium luxury carmakers, Mercedes has the widest footprint in India with seventy four dealerships across the nation. The company is in the process of opening more as part of their ’15 in 15’ strategy whereby it wants to open 15 dealerships in 2015. The new dealership in Mangalore is part of that strategy and houses a Mercedes Café, customer lounge and accessory display area.
As we had reported earlier, Mercedes Benz has today launched their S 63 AMG sedan in India at a starting price of Rs.2.53 crore (ex-showroom Bengaluru). The sedan will be brought to India through the CBU route. That’s why the price of the sedan is towards the higher end of the spectrum.
The S 63 comes powered by a behemoth of engines – a 5.5-liter twin-turbo power source that can produce 577bhp of max power and 900Nm of max torque. Incidentally, this engine also powers the S 63 coupe. The engine is mated to an AMG Speedshift 7-speed dual clutch gearbox. The S 63 AMG will have different drive modes – Sports, Controlled and Manual as well as having Magic Body Control feature of Mercedes.
With all this power under its hood, the S 63 AMG sedan can gallop from to 100kmph in mere 4.4 seconds and can reach a top speed of 250kmph.
As a premium sedan, the S 63 AMG looks pretty muscular. The car gets 19-inch alloy wheels, AMG spec body kit, quad exhaust etc. The interiors, on the other hand, are somewhat identical to the standard S-Class. Except for the Nappa leather upholstery and carbon fiber trims, the interior of the S 63 AMG mirrors that of the S-Class.
This is Mercedes Benz’s 10th launch this year and the 9th AMG to be introduced in India.
Come August 11, Mercedes Benz will add one more car to its AMG brand with the launch of the S 63 AMG sedan. The car is based on the W222 S-Class saloon and will retain the rounded appearance and flowing lines of the W222. The S 63 will be brought to India through the CBU route and thus pricing is expected to be on the higher end.
The chrome grille with single horizontal slat at the front with the typical 3 way pointing Mercedes logo gives the car that all typical Mercedes look. But what makes the car look truly like an AMG are the alloy wheels, splitters on the rear bumper and the black roof.
The S 63 AMG sedan will be powered by a 5.5-liter bi-turbo V8 engine which incidentally also powers the two-door S 63 AMG Coupe. The engine output and torque makes the S 63 one of the most powerful sedans in India since it is capable of giving out a max power of 577bhp and a max torque of 900Nm. The engine will be mated to a 7-speed MCT speedshift gearbox.
Internationally, the S 63 is offered with 4MATIC four-wheel drive system, but in India it is slated to come with only rear-wheel drive. Nothing much is known about the pricing, but we expect it to be around Rs.2.5 crore ex-showroom mark.
Mercedes MD and CEO Eberhard Kem have launched its Deigno personalization platform at an event in Delhi along with three new cars. The Designo is basically a customization platform that allows customers to choose from various trim levels and select the metallic paint scheme they wish to have in their car.
Various seat massagers and carbon-fiber body options are also provided in the Designo package. Mercedes Benz launching the Designo platform is actually a smart move since more and more customers in India today prefers personalized cars and this number will only increase in the time to come. With the Designo platform, Mercedes Benz will have a clear edge over its rivals when it comes to offering customized cars to its customers.
Other carmakers with such customizations platforms include BMW which offers personalization of its cars through its Individual platform. Speaking on the Designo launch, Mr. Kem said that this would provide “innumerable customization choices” to the customers. How the customers respond to this only time will tell. But we don’t see anything but positive response coming from their end on this issue.