The Mercedes Benz S-Class or Sonder class which means Special class in German has seen applications like the extravagant Maybach S 650 or the tank like build S-Guard and now the facelift of the standard S-Class has been launched in India.
Being a facelift all of the attention to the exterior has gone to the front. You have the redesigned front facial and tweak front bumper and a new redesigned headlamp cluster with the new LED DRL’s. It is a long car, it’s about 5m long. In the back you have those classic led tail lamps finishing off the design. Here is a fun fact, one of the lead designers of S-Class is Korean.
The S-Class historically has always been the hot bed for pinnacles for automotive technologies and it continues with this car. For example take those multi beam led headlamps. The headlamps are linked to a series of sensors and IR cameras. They automatically scan the road conditions up ahead and can do over a 100 calculations per second and make minute adjustments to lightning of the lamps to ensure that you have the best possible optimal vision. Now even if you are driving with the high beam, the camera can sense the oncoming road users and dim the beam for you.
In addition to that there are lots of driver assistant technologies. You have got Active Breaking Assist that monitors the road conditions up ahead so in case if any person or animal pops up in front of you the car will automatically break for you. You have got Active Steering Assist which if you are driving on a road which has clearly marked lanes than the car can also steer and keep you in the centre of the lane and so on.
The Awesomeness of its Interior:
Now obviously being an S-Class a lot of attention have gone to the rear. So in the back you are greeted with two massive captain seats which Mercedes Benz calls the office Suite. The seat themselves can reclined to about 43.5 degrees towards the rear and it is quite interesting place to be. In the rear you have also got the multiple massage functionality, the wireless charging cradles, two 10.2 inches individual infotainment screens. It has also got a massive boot space of 510 litres.
You have also got the Sliding Panoramic Sunroof which looks and feels good. Also with the air balance package you can choose one out of 6 exciting interior fragrances of the car. In this you even get 64 different ambient colours for mood lightning as well. Now in the front everything that was analog has been removed. Now you get the all new digital instrument cluster. It has got two 12.3 inches infotainment screens in the front. There is this new redesigned 3 spoke steering wheel wrapped in Maple Leather which also has capacitive buttons as well.
Now powering the car you have two variant, you have the S 450 which is essentially a 3.0L V6 Petrol producing 367BHP and a massive 500NM of torque. It can go 0-100 Km/h in 5.1 sec and a limited top speed of 250 Km/h. Now talking about the second variant, the S 350D is a OM 656 engine which is the very first BS6 compliant engine put into the car. Mercedes says this engine is made in India for India. This engine is a 3.0L inline 6 cylinder Diesel engine that produces 286BHP and 600NM of torque. It can go 0-100 Km/h in 6.0sec and the top speed is limited up to 250 Km/h. The thing which makes this engine more interesting is that this is BS VI engine. Which is launched 2 years before the deadline. It is also compatible with the BS IV fuel.
Pricing and Availability:
While buying this car you can opt for the Star Ease Package. Which means you can get your car serviced for a period of two years basic service for as low as 80000 Rs. Which means around 3300 Rs per month which is nothing for those who can afford this suite car. The price for the S 350D is 1.33Crore INR and for S 450 is 1.37Crore INR. According to Mercedes this is the best and value for money car till now.
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