Mercedes-Benz India has launched the E350 CDI BlueTEC at a sticker price of Rs. 57.42 Lakhs (Ex. Showroom, Pune) in the country. The launch event was held at Merc headquarters - Centre of Excellence, Chakan, Pune. The E-Class is the largest selling car in the entire company arsenal and hence, the company has added a yet another variant to its lineup which already has E200 (2.0L petrol) and E250 CDI (2.1L diesel) along with an AMG variant - E63 AMG with 5.5-litre V8 petrol.
The E350 CDI boasts several advanced and contemporary comfort features such as Active Lane Keeping Assist, Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control with Steering Assist, Cross Traffic Assistant, Adaptive high-beam lights, pedestrian recognition, blind parking, panoramic sunroof and automatic parking. etc. to name a few. The wheel arches have been fitted with 16-inch alloys in this beast to ooze oomph. For infotainment purposes, the saloon comes with a 610 Watt 14-speaker Harmon Kardon audio system and rear seat entertainment system. This car is being being manufactured locally at company's Chakan plant. It would be the top-end trim in the entire E-Class lineup, sans the AMG variant.
The E350 CDI is powered by a 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine which musters-out a maximum power of 261bhp at 3800rpm and a best-in-class torque performance of 620Nm at 1600-2400rpm. The engine is paired with a seven-speed dual clutch (7G-TRONIC) automatic gearbox which propels the saloon to touch the 100kmph mark from standstill in just 6.4 seconds while clocking an electronically limited to speed of 250kmph.
Mr. Eberhard Kern, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India commented on the launch of the new E 350 CDI, “The new E350 CDI is an ‘Intelligent Superpower’ that combines the numerous Intelligence Assistance Systems with a powerful six cylinder diesel engine making it an unrivalled luxury sedan for our discerning customers. This luxury sedan is the perfect embodiment of sensual design elements, exemplary safety features and hosts of intelligent assistance systems that makes driving a delightful experience. Rolled out of our state-of-art Pune Plant, the new E 350 CDI delivers the highest benchmark in terms of quality, performance, safety and comfort. With its exciting design, refined sportiness, and a powerful V6 diesel engine, the E 350 CDI is a much awaited product in our successful luxury sedan portfolio, and we are very excited to launch this product. The E-Class remains our highest selling luxury sedan in India and with the addition of the new E 350 CDI; we further consolidate our lead in the E-Class portfolio as we offer our customers a feature rich, top-end luxury sedan that exemplifies modern luxury at its best.”