Mercedes-Benz launches country's first BS VI vehicle, new S Class, at Rs 1.33 crore

MUMBAI: Stuttgart based luxury car maker, Mercedes-Benz India on Monday launched country's first BS VI compliant vehicle S Class in Delhi almost two years ahead of schedule. The company is planning to democratise its entire diesel product line up with BS VI engines ahead of schedule with every new product introduction in coming years. 
The Mercedes-Benz S350 D is priced at Rs 1.33 crore, while the petrol version is priced at Rs 1.37 crore ex-showroom New Delhi 
The BS VI engines are re-engineered by Mercedes-Benz India only for India to run on BS IV fuel across the country entailing significant investment on part of the company. The new S 350 d fitted with a new inline-6, is the most powerful diesel engine ever produced by Mercedes-Benz India. The new, state-of-the-art OM 656 motor is the first BS VI compliant diesel engine that is capable of running on BS IV fuel, said the company in a statement. 
Roland Folger, MD, Mercedes-Benz India said, the new S Class is not just intelligent, but also responsible luxury. 
"By launching the first ever ‘Made in India, for India’ BS VI car, we have set a benchmark among all car manufacturers to support the Government in mitigating the rising pollution levels in the country. The new S-Class brings together luxury, design and technology that meet the highest standards of perfection, surpassing expectations for a vehicle of this class,” said Folger. 
The Bharat Stage VI emission norms will be implemented from 1st of April 2020. The Indian government decided to skip Bharat Stage V regulations and move straight to BS VI. 
The particulate matter in BS VI diesel engine is significantly lower by 82% when compared to BS IV variant and NoX reduction is to the tune of 68% claimed the company. 
The OM 656 diesel engine used in the S 350 d is the most powerful passenger car diesel engine designed by Mercedes-Benz India; the inline-six cylinder motor delivers an output of 210 kW (286 hp). The new engine is also designed to comply with future emissions legislation (RDE – Real Driving Emissions), stated the company. 
All the components of relevance for efficient emissions reduction are installed directly on the engine. Although the output has increased noticeably compared to the preceding model, the new engine consumes up to 6% less fuel says Mercedes. 
The special traits of the top-of-the-line engine in the diesel family include the new stepped-bowl combustion chamber design, two-stage turbocharging and, for the first time, the use of CAMTRONIC variable valve-lift control. Its design features a combination of aluminium engine block and steel pistons as well as further improved NANOSLIDE® coating of the cylinder walls. 
The new S Class with BS VI engine comes with 25 litre Ad blue tank for injection. Adblue is technically termed as DEF (Diesel Exhaust Fluid) consisting of 32% urea mixed with deionized water. It is injected in SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) converter, for processing of gases and reducing harmful NOx emissions. 
Adblue needs replacement/top-up at the periodic service intervals, or when indicated in the instrument cluster. The vehicle’s AdBlue® tank will be topped up each time customer’s vehicle is serviced 
Globally over 4 million S Class have been sold and 3 lakh of new generation W222 version. In India about 6700 S Class have been sold since inception and it was the second model to be produced in India after E Class in 2000. 
The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class also features a raft of changes, both externally and internally, that is aimed at reinforcing its status as the benchmark among all flagship saloons, claimed the company. 
These include the latest generation of radar-based driving assistance systems that reduce the risk of accidents and enhance the protection of occupants as well as other road users. It also comes with enhanced comfort options via the class-leading Rear Seat Comfort Package and high luxury, technology and entertainment system packages that enriches the passenger experience. 
Folger said the S-Class has emulated its global success in India and has had a phenomenal run in the country. 
"To continue and build on this success, we have introduced the new version of our flagship saloon, which reaffirms its leadership status," added Folger. 
By Ketan Thakkar
ET Bureau|Updated: Feb 26, 2018, 10.28 PM IST



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