Mercedes-Benz S400 launched In India with 3.0-litre V6 petrol motor; it will bridge gap between S350 CDI and S500
Within days of launching the C 250d with entry-level luxury segment’s most powerful 2.2-litre 204 hp diesel engine mated with the segment-first nine-speed 9G TRONIC transmission, Mercedes-Benz took the centre stage today by unveiling a new variant for the flagship S-Class. The country’s leading luxury automaker seems to be revelling on its Indian presence, after knocking Audi off the stardom last year, as it consolidates its commitment with another new model.
The Mercedes-Benz S400 variant of the S-Class sedan has been launched at a price of Rs. 1.31 crore (ex-showroom, Hyderabad). This will effectively sit in between the S350 CDI and S500 versions and as the C 250d, its local production has commenced at the brand’s manufacturing facility in Chakan near Pune.
The covers on the S400 were taken off by Roland Folger, Managing Director and CEO, Mercedes Benz India and Yashwant Jhabakh, Group Chairman, Mahavir Motors. The S400 variant gets power from the 3.0-litre V6 petrol motor that generates a maximum power output of 333 hp at 5250-6000 rpm and 480 Nm between 1600 and 4000 rpm of peak torque served to the wheels through the 7G-TRONIC PLUS seven-speed automatic gearbox.
Mercedes says the high fuel economy is ensured from the reduced torque converter slip and the dynamic response of the auto ‘box. The stylish S400 features panoramic sunroof, flowing contours and sloping roofline with a large chrome grille housing four-louvers. The front fascia is adorned with swept-back headlamps with high performance LED lights and the grille alongside the bonnet section pushes the car further front and ensures a bolder appearance. The luxury sedan is shaped in such a way that the drag co-efficient is of very low at 0.24 – highly appreciable for a full-sized luxury model.
The flowing interior is as elegant to look at as in any other S-Class models with plush leather on the centre console, upholstery, door panels and seats. The sumptuous cabin is accentuated by the horizontal lines on the dashboard and wooden touches for several elements. The equipment level in the S400 highlights the Burmester 3D Surround System with 24 speakers and 1,520 watts output, seven different colours and five dimming levels for ambient lighting, COMAND online New Generation Telematics 5 (NTG5) with radio, navigation, SMS display, WLAN hotspot, phone contact reader, animated menus with 3D effects, etc.
The other features made available in the S400 are six different programs for Energizing Hot Stone Massage that ranges between 12 and 15 minutes and operated through a remote. The safety technologies employed in the new variant are eight airbags, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), 360 Degree Surround View Camera, Active Park Assist, pre-safe, Dynamic cornering control system, Brake Assist, ASR Hill Start Assist and Adaptive Brake with HOLD Function.