Mercedes-Benz, a synonym for luxury, launched its luxury flagship in India in 1996. The Mercedes S-Class has always been referred to as the most luxurious vehicle in the Mercedes-Benz line-up; and not without reason. The ‘S-class’ is derieved from the German word ‘Sonderklasse’, which means special class. The new S-Class currently comes in two variants – the S500L and the S350 CDI. This new limo continues the tradition of setting the luxury, technology and safety benchmarks for this segment. The S-Class has been given a more dignified look, departing from its rather sporty appearance giving it a young and more modern silhouette all around, keeping in mind the increasing young buyers. The S-Class competes with the Audi A8 and the BMW 7 Series.