New 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Won’t Come with Magic Body Control in India

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We have already reported enough about the new gen W222 Mercedes-Benz S Class. The new gen S Class will be launched late next month and you can read more about the car here.

The official bookings for the car have already commenced and the same can be done with a payment of INR 25 lakhs. Upon launch, India will first get only the S500 variant, which will come to us via the CBU route. After a couple of months, the S350 CDI will be launched, which will make its debut soon after the commencement of CKD assembly. The deliveries for the S500 are expected to begin early February.

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We have always been gaga over the new S Class’s mile-long features list, which seems to have enabled the new S to re-define the equipment standards in its segment

However, it has now emerged that the India spec car will miss out on the Magic Body Control feature. The reason is pretty simple- that certain frequencies, which would have been used by the Magic Body Control, are reserved for  use by the defense forces ONLY.

The Magic Body Control(MBC) uses cameras mounted on the windscreen to analyse the road conditions ahead of the car for upto 15 meters, and tunes up the suspension to glide over road imperfections in a smooth manner. This would have been a key feature for India, considering the road conditions here.  Sadly, this tech won’t work here.

Under the hood of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S500 is a twin turbo V8 petrol motor, which outputs 461 PS. The S500 will be available in only two exterior color options- Black and White. The oil burner S350 CDI will output 258 PS, and will be the more popular engine variant. As we said earlier, Mercedes-Benz India will begin the CKD assembly of the S Class with the S350 CDI.

The S-Class will be loaded with a plethora of safety features, which include next generation set of features such as Active Parking Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Night View Assist Plus, DISTRONIC Plus with Steering Assist, Brake Assist Plus with Cross-Traffic Assist, Pre-Safe Brake with pedestrian recognition etc.

While we aren’t really happy about the fact that the car misses out on the brilliant Magic Body Control feature, there is no denying that the upcoming car is looking all set to make life a lot tougher for its immediate rivals in India.

Stay tuned to Motoroids for more updates on the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class.