Mercedes-Benz, a synonym for luxury, launched its luxury flagship in India in 1996. Mercedes-Benz, a division of DaimlerChrysler, has seen consistent rise in its car sales in India. The Mercedes S-Class has always been referred to as the most luxurious and most spacious vehicle in the Mercedes-Benz line-up. The "S-class" is an abbreviation for the German word "Sonderklasse" which means "special class" or a specially outfitted car.
In March 2003, the new S-Class, S 350 L, was launched in the Indian market in a petrol version. Currently, the S-Class comes in three variants: S 350 Long, S 500 Long and S 350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY. The new S-Class sedan reflects the Mercedes tradition of modest grace that is universally gorgeous, and instills excitement into its overall design theme. The S-Class has always been the choice of kings, statesmen, and business tycoons. The new S-Class continues the tradition of resetting the luxury and safety benchmark for this segment.
The S-Class has been given a sportier look, 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.
The S 350 L variant comes with a powerful 3.5L V-6 petrol engine that produces 272 bhp and forks out 345 Nm of torque. The S 350 CDI variant has a smaller 3.0L V-6 engine that generates 210 bhp and 490 Nm of torque. The S 500 L is propelled by a 5.5L V8 engine which can churn out a power output of 369 bhp and a torque of 505 Nm. All variants come standard with a '7G-TRONIC,' 7-speed automatic transmission, which is unique globally. In addition, 'DIRECT SELECT,' an attractively styled steering-column selector lever is provided, which can be gently pressed to operate the 7G-TRONIC.
The S-Class returns 6 kmpl in the city and it renders 9 kmpl on the highway. The S-Class keeps cabin noise to a minimum, even when revved hard beyond 120 km/h. The S 500 L can achieve a top speed of 250 km/h. Its active body control prevents roll-over and improves handling during hard cornering.
Gracefully designed, the S-Class is gorgeous and has a sleek shape with dynamic flowing lines, which gives it a timeless elegant feel. The all-new distinguishing headlamps, alloy wheels, and an opulent interior add to its luxurious looks.
The electronically adjustable seats are ergonomically designed for comfortable long journeys. The Mercedes-Benz S-Class, with its awe-inspiring looks and technical innovations, offers some classy interior amenities. Some of the interior features include a flexible glass sunroof equipped with a sliding roof and a new wind deflector system for panoramic country view. LEDs provide ample ambient lighting under the wood trim in door linings and the dashboard. The 4-Zone Climate Control option allows for a separate temperature environment for each quadrant of the cabin.
The brilliant aerodynamic feature produces minimal drag. The car is equipped with a speed-sensitive power steering. The self-adjusting suspension system reduces the car's height for least air resistance. The S-Class gets the 'Night View Assist' (optional), which is a Mercedes-Benz innovation that makes a valuable contribution to perceptual safety. By means of infrared main-beam headlamps, the 'Night View Assist' ensures better detection of objects and surroundings at night. The new reversing camera (optional) makes reverse parking easier and safer.