Mercedes Benz starts local manufacturing of it’s flagship sedan – The Mercedes S-Class, at Chakan plant in Pune. The 2021 S-Class was launched in June, this year.
Mercedes Benz India, had launched The new 2021 S-Class, in June earlier this year. This launch was a highly anticipated one, as the brand’s flagship limousine sedan was now completely refreshed with a new design, inside-out. The launch edition S Class was priced at Rs. 2.17 crore for the S 400d, & Rs. 2.19 crore for the S 450 petrol variant. Both the variants came through the CBU route in our country. However, with an overwhelming response from our Indian buyers, Mercedes Benz decided to locally manufacture the S-Class here in India at their Chakan plant in Pune.
That being said, with local manufacturing the brand was able to bring down the prices of the S Class, and the price difference is enough for you to buy another E Class, with the amount saved. The diesel S 350d saw a price drop of 60 lakh Rs & the petrol S 450 4Matic is now 55 lakh Rs cheaper than the imported CBU variant and now the S 350d is priced at Rs 1.57 crores and the S 450 4matic is priced at Rs 1.62 crore ex-showroom.The S 350d replaces the S 400d CBU unit and along with the price drop, there is also a 44 Hp power drop that we need to settle with. The S 350d gets the OM656 inline six – 3.0 litre diesel engine producing 286 Horsepower & 600 Nm of torque. The petrol variant gets the M256 Inline six , 3.0L petrol engine producing 367 Hp and 500 Nm.
Do not, even for a moment, believe that with a 44 horsepower drop, the S350d is a slow car, as it still manages to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in an impressive 5.4 seconds. The time is impressive considering the car weighs almost 2 tonnes. Similarly, the S450 4matic, with it’s all wheel drive grip, manages to do a time of 5.1 second. Both the variants have an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h.Mechanically, the S Class also misses on the rear- wheel steering, which came as standard in the CBU launch edition model.On the inside, The new S Class gets the latest NTG7 MBUX-software with fingerprint, voice & facial recognition, which is a game changer for the segment as it lets each individual driver of the car create their own unique profile settings and access it as soon as you are seated in the driver’s seat.
Being an S Class, it goes without saying that the seats get the massage system and if you happen to be seated at the rear seats you can cancel your spa membership and enjoy upto 10 different massage settings, while watching Netflix and other OTT content on the rear screen with the amazing 710 Watt Burmester 3D surround sound system.
Mercedes Benz has kept safety as one of its primary features, as they plan on achieving their goal of ‘on the road to accident-free driving’. The S class gets a sophisticated Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS), with latest generation Active Assist features like Brake Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Evasive Steering Assist etc.
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Moving back to the S class, on the outside, The S Class gets sleeker new LED headlamps which automatically levels the lamp to reduce glare for the oncoming traffic. The LED tail lamps look futuristic with their design and come in a split setup.
The S Class offers a seamless door handle, which electrically extends when the driver approaches the car, reminding you of the flamboyant design, each time you enter the car. The S-class gets 19 inch multi twin spoke alloy wheels as standard and the wheels come in black colour with a high sheen finish, sitting on a 255 & low profile 45 mm tyre setup.