We are reporting LIVE from the new Mercedes Benz S Class India launch event and the all-new generation of S Class has just stepped into Indian car market. The new Mercedes Benz S Class has gone on sale in India at a price point of INR 1.57 Crores.
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As we were expecting, the new 2014 Mercedes-Benz S Class has commenced its Indian innings in just one variant- the long wheelbase S500 petrol, which comes to us via CBU route. The CKD assembly of the new Mercedes-Benz S Class in India is expected to commence in July, which will begin with the launch of the S350 CDI diesel variant of the new gen S Class.
Talking about the new S500 variant that has been launched today, it measures 5,246 mm in length, 1,494 mm in width, 1,899 mm in height and boasts of a 3,165 mm wheelbase. The recently launched 2015 Mercedes-Benz S500 tips the scales at 2,200 kgs.
Powering the new Mercedes Benz S500 is a 4.7 litre twin turbo V8 petrol engine that has a max power of 453 bhp and peak torque of 700 Nm. Mercedes India has decided against launching the 4MATIC all-wheel drive system in India and hence, the power is sent to rear wheels via a 7 speed automatic transmission.
If company figures are to be belived, the new Mercedes Benz S500 can dismiss 100 kmph mark on speedo from standstill in just 4.8 seconds and has an electronically restricted top whack of 250 kmph.
As we said above, the new Mercedes Benz S500 has gone on sale in India at a price of INR 1.57 crores (ex-Showroom, New Delhi). The rather stratospheric price tag is courtesy high import duties and the new S is expected to become considerably cheaper with the advent of the S350 CDI diesel variant, which will be locally assembled.