2014 Mercedes S-Class launched in India at Rs 1.57 crore, ex-Delhi
Mercedes has launched its flagship car, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class in India at Rs 1.57 crore, ex-Delhi. The 'best car in the world' is currently available in a single trim (S500) in India and will be followed later by the S350CDI. Powering the S500 is a petrol V8 engine which makes 460PS of power and 700Nm of torque. It is mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission. In our tests, the S500 zoomed past the 100kmph mark in just 5.7s with a top speed of 250kmph.
The S-Class arrives in India three months after its global debut. It has already received over 30,000 pre-orders globally. CKD models to come shortly.
The S-Class has finally being unveiled
While the S-Class may be fast what it truly excels at is isolating it passengers from the noise and harshness of the outside world and cocooning them in complete luxury. The interiors of the car are almost entirely constructed in wood, metal and leather and there's very little plastic around. The sound system is one of the best we've ever experienced in a car and you can feel rather than hear the bass. This is because Mercedes has designed the very construction of the machine such that the body shell acts as a resonance chamber for the 24 speaker Burmester masterpiece.
Even the airconditioner diffuses the air coming out so the passengers aren't hit by a harsh blast of air. The climate control system also allows for diffusing a mild scent into the cabin. The rear of the car reminds more of the business class section in an aircraft with reclinable seats, massage function and flip up tables. You can read more about the S-Class in our full road test here.
Read our comparison of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class with Land Rover's Range Rover Autobiography here.
2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class launch - press release
|Mercedes-Benz launches much awaited S-Class in India - Redefines Excellence in Luxury and Mobility Mercedes-Benz commences the 'Year of Excellence' on a high note with the launch of all New S-Class. Sold-out first allocation of 125 cars in 16 days after launch announcement. Bookings now open for April 2014 delivery. Acclaimed as the "best car in the world" by critics and media. World's first - All LED lighting systems in the cars exterior & interior. Energising hot stone massage function First in Automotive. Burmester® 3D surround sound system with 24 high-performance speakers and a system output of 1540 watts. Rear cabin easily converted into a "mobile office" with features like folding tables, individual entertainment systems, 12V power sockets, USB-Aux-in points and "wireless hot spot" as standard. Smart phone "Touch app" for Android platform. Control features such as massage function, seat heating and multimedia. First class atmosphere giving a sense of well-being, created by 7 colour ambient light with 5 dimming levels Another first in Automotive. Mercedes-Benz to provide complementary "Chauffeur training" for chauffeurs of its New S-Class customers to make them aware of the features and also train them on their soft skills to give a complete luxury experience to the customers. The S-Class is priced at Rs: 1.575 Crore ex-Showroom Delhi. New Delhi: Mercedes-Benz India ushers in the New Year with much style, opulence and automotive magnificence. After a mega successful 'Year of Offensive', Mercedes-Benz now transitions into the 'Year of Excellence' with the launch of the ultimate luxury car the all new S-Class. The S-Class with its distinctive looks, styling and uber luxurious interiors has been well received even in India and the first allocation of 125 units are sold out prior to its launch. Bookings are now open for April 2014 delivery of the car. Featuring a 4.6 litre V8 engine mated to a 7G-TRONIC PLUS 7 speed automatic transmission, this poetry in motion churns out 338kw @ 5250- 5500 rpm and 700Nm torque @1800-3500rpm and accelerates from 0-100 in 4.8 seconds with a top speed of 250km/hr. Mr. Eberhard Kern, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India said: "The launch of the S-Class commences our 'Year of Excellence' in the Indian market and perfectly lives up to its role as a representative of the power of innovation and exclusivity of Mercedes-Benz. 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." Mr. Kern further added "The S-Class has always set standards that have retained its accolade as "the best automobile in the world" with each generation. It truly embodies our DNA and aspiration of 'the best or nothing' in every respect. No other car stands for the Mercedes-Benz brand promise more than the S-Class." Exteriors The exteriors of the S-class are sure to grab your attention with its arched roofline with flowing contours, the dropping lines that descend elegantly from the front to rear and the large grille with four louvers clubbed with the three-dimensional design of the chrome trim and grille interior. The attractive design of the S-Class is further enhanced by the all LED high performance sharply contoured headlamps and the beautiful panoramic sunroof. The S-Class has a drag co-efficient of 0.24, one of the lowest for a luxury car of this caliber. Interiors The interiors of the S-class are sure to wrap you in luxury fit for a king - seven colour ambient lighting with a choice of five dimming options, two high-resolution TFT screens and a multi-function two-spoke steering wheel that offers all controls at one go. The dashboard is a combination of contemporary design featuring sleek horizontal lines, which along with the design wood myrtle in a shiny brown sunburst trim imparts the plush touch. Not just that, the high performance Burmester 3D surround sound system with 24 speakers, nine tweeters integrated in the instrument panels, doors, parcel shelf and roof lining along with the 24 channel amplifier with an output of 1540 watts, is pure listening pleasure. The continuous business console in the rear cabin can also transform the car into an office on wheels with two individual seats and folding tables that make for a comfortable travelling and working environment. For added comfort there are two temperature controlled cup holders with dimmed interior illumination, stowage compartment with a 12V socket, two USB ports and aux-in socket in conjunction with individual entertainment systems in the rear. The COMAND online NTG5 in the S-Class comes with animated menus and 3D effects, besides an HDD to store music and videos, WLAN hotspot, SMS display, phone contact reader, radio and navigation. The S-Class offers power packed hot stone massage function with six different programs ranging from relaxing and stimulating to an energizing effect. Occupants can choose from two intensities low and high and the seat backrest comes with a massage mat with 14 air chambers which can be inflated or deflated via fast responding solenoid valves, developing a wave-like massage effect. The massage function can be operated via remote with durations ranging from 12 15 minutes. Ride safety and other features The new S-Class features an AIRMATIC suspension which ensures smooth ride quality. The 360 degree surround view camera along with Night View Assist supports the driver with improved visibility assuring minimum blind spots and intimating the driver of any obstacles ahead. Active Park Assist automatically steers the vehicle into parking spaces, relieving the driver of steering and braking effort. ESP with 8 airbags and PRE Safe assure driver and passenger safety, while the brake assist offers better control during emergency braking. The S-Class also comes with Adaptive Brakes with HOLD function, ASR and Hill Start Assist. The Keyless-GO package with hands free access allows hands-off, fully automatic opening and closing of the boot lid. The new S-Class also comes with a Chauffeur package, which creates up to 77mm more rear leg room on the front passenger side with electrically extending footrest and has easy adjust luxury head restrains for driver and passenger. The stylishly matched combination of high-quality features also meets the highest standards of comfort, quality and design. Keeping this in mind MercedesBenz will offer a unique chauffeur training program. This will involve comprehensive training for chauffeurs on the S-Class technology and lifestyle features so that they can offer complete luxury driving experience to S-Class owners. The S-Class comes with power packed technology which also includes the "Mercedes-Benz Touch" mobile app. compatible for android operating systems, which allows passengers to control different vehicle functions such as seat heating, massage, music and other entertainment in the car via their mobile phones. The S-Class is priced at Rs. 1.575 Crore (One Crore Fifty Seven Lacs Fifty Thousand) ex-showroom Delhi.|
Starts Rs 1.57 Crore