Mumbai, Feb 26 (PTI) Mercedes-Benz today became the first car-maker in the country to commercially launch a BS- VI-compliant car, the S Class, that is locally manufactured and available in both diesel and petrol options.
The Mercedes-Benz S 350 diesel is priced at Rs 1.33 crore, while the petrol version, S 450, is priced at Rs 1.37 crore, the company said in New Delhi.
The car was first unveiled on January 5 in Mumbai and both the variants can be run on BS-IV fuels.
While Mercedes has scored a point with this launch, two years ahead of the April 2020 deadline to go all BS-VI, its immediate rival BMW is also working on upgrading its existing BS-IV petrol models BS-VI complaint shortly.
At the recent Auto Expo, BMW India president Vikram Pawah had told PTI that they "are working towards making our petrol portfolio BS-VI norms compliant over the next few months."
The new S-Class 350 d is fitted with a new 6-cylinder engine that is the most powerful diesel powertrain ever produced by Mercedes here, the company said, adding launch comes two years ahead of the new comes emission norms.
"The new, OM 656 motor is the first BS-VI-compliant diesel engine that is capable of running on BS-IV fuel," Roland Folger, managing director and chief executive said, adding since 2013, the company has sold over 3 lakh S-Class saloons globally.
Advanced technologies used in the new S 350 d leads to a reduction of emissions significantly and is the most powerful diesel engine that the company has ever launched in the country.
"The new diesel model reduces NOx emission by up to 68 per cent, it lowers PM by a massive 82 per cent, compared with BS-IV engines," Folger said.
The new S-Class comes with a slew of features such as 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 stated, "the S-Class has had a phenomenal run here already?by launching the first ever made-in-India, for India BS-VI car, we have set a benchmark among the industry to help mitigate the rising pollution levels."
The inline-six cylinder motor delivers an output of 210 kW (286 hp) and the engine is also designed to comply with future emissions legislation as it consumes up to 6 per cent less fuel. The S 450 petrol variant comes with V6-cylinder that offers a 270 kW (367 hp).
With this latest addition, Mercedes-Benz Pune plant, set up in 2009 is rolling out 10 models -- the Maybach S 500, S- Class, E-Class, C-Class, CLA luxury sedans and the GLA, GLE and the GLS luxury SUVs apart from the GLC. Its imported portfolio includes the A-Class, B-Class, CLS, E-Class Cabriolet, S-Class Coupé, C-Class Cabriolet, S-Class Cabriolet and the S 600 Guard and a variety of AMG models. PTI BEN SS BEN BEN BEN