Mercedes Benz India have rolled out the all-new S-Class Diesel luxury sedan in the country today with prices starting at Rs 1.07 crore (ex-showroom, Maharashtra.) The S350 CDI joins the petrol variant, the S500 of the W222 S-Class sedan that was launched in India back in January 2014.
Just like its petrol sibling, the S350 CDI will also be assembled at the Merc’s plant in Chakan near Pune. However, the big news that the automaker revealed today at the launch event is that the ‘manufacturing of the body’ of the S-Class will be carried out at the said company plant. This will allow for heavy localisation of the S-Class, resulting in a competitive sticker price. Furthermore, to commemorate the World Environment Day, the automaker announced the installation of heavy-duty solar panels at its Chakan plant, so as to adopt an eco-friendly manufacturing process.
Under the hood of the S350 CDI is a 3.0-litre V6 diesel powerplant that is able to churn out 258PS of max power and 620Nm of peak torque. The engine comes mated to a 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission. Though, the new S-Class rides on the same core chassis, it is 100kg lighter than the previous model.
Apart from the powertrain, the S350 CDI is identical to the S500 in most aspects, except that the diesel trim has ditched a few creature comforts. For instance, the rear seats will be a bench, instead of the two individual seats seen in the S500 and the cabin gets plain leather upholstery. The saloon will also forego the night vision camera, the 3D surround system and the chilling/heating cup holders for the rear. Safety features in the new S350 CDI includes eight airbags, Dynamic cornering control system, Adaptive Brake with HOLD Function and ASR among others.
The bookings for the all-new S-Class saloon had already begun in India back in May across all Merc showrooms with a down payment of Rs 5 lakh. Deliveries of the car is expected to commence in July 2014.
In the Indian market, the Mercedes-Benz S350 CDI will compete with the likes of Audi A8L 3.0 TDI Quattro, BMW 730Ld and the Jaguar XJ-L 3.0 V6.