Mercedes drives in S-Class

Luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz on June 17 launched the seventh generation of its flagship limousine, the S-Class in India. It is priced at Rs 2.17 crore for the diesel and Rs 2.19 crore for the petrol model.

The 2021 S-Class in lower trims will be launched in the country at a later date.

The latest S-Class was showcased to the world in September last year and the company has wasted very little time to bring the luxury sedan to the market here.

The S-Class launch edition has several highlights to boast of. Looking at getting the attention of a niche segment of luxury car buyers, it not only has to compete with its direct rivals like Audi A8 and BMW 7 Series but also contend with ultra-luxury SUVs in the market.

The sedan boasts sporty AMG Line exteriors and interiors with 20-inch alloys, a first time on the S-Class in India. The door handles are blended to the body of the car and electrically extend and retracted when a passenger approaches.

The S-Class S 400d engine has 330 HP on offer and 700 Nm of peak torque while the S 450 petrol motor puts out 367 HP and has 500 Nm of torque. Both engines are mated to a 9G Tronic transmission set up.

It will be offered in five colour choices which include White, Black, Blue, Red and Green.

The long-wheelbase S-Class is now longer by 34 mm, wider by 22 mm, and taller by 12 mm. The increase of 51 mm in wheelbase promises more space for rear-seat passengers. It is also one of the most aerodynamic cars with a Cd value of 0.22

In terms of features, the 2021 S-Class gets a 12.8-inch main infotainment unit and a 12.3-inch driver display. The latest MBUX system too makes its way in the sedan while there is 320GB of storage and 16GB RAM, with Over-The-Air updates to be provided.

The portrait layout of the main infotainment display unit adds to the classy appeal of the new S-Class.

Two upholstery fits, Macchiato beige and Sienna brown nappa leather,  seek to up the quotient of opulence while Burmester 4D surround sound system, 64 colour active ambient lighting, massage seats at front and rear, leg-rest for rear passenger and tablet in the central armrest at the back are also present.