Mercedes Benz has commenced the local assembly of its flagship sedan, the S-Class, at its production facility in Chakan, Maharashtra. Like an initial lot of CBU models, the locally-assembled Mercedes Benz S-Class will be available in two variants – one petrol-powered and one diesel-powered. However, while the S 450 petrol variant remains the same, the S 400d diesel variant has been replaced by a less powerful S 350d.
2022 Mercedes Benz S-Class – Price
As expected, the locally assembled Mercedes Benz S-Class has witnessed massive price slashes – while the S 450 is now more affordable by Rs 55 lakh, the S 350d has been priced Rs 60 lakh lesser than the S 400d it has replaced. The new prices for S 450 and S 350d are Rs 1.62 crore and Rs 1.57 crore respectively (both prices ex-showroom, India). For the unversed, the S-Class Launch Edition has launched at Rs 2.19 crore for the S 450 and Rs 2.17 crore for the S 400d.
2022 Mercedes Benz S-Class – What’s changed and what’s not
Compared to the Launch Edition of the S-Class which was brought to India in June this year, the new locally-assembled S-Class misses out on a few features and the sportier-looking AMG Line trim. The new S-Class gets a subtler looking front and rear bumpers and a new design for the 19-inch alloy wheels. On the inside, the new S-Class now comes with a Burmester 3D sound system, instead of the Burmester 4D surround sound system of the Launch Edition. Also, the standard rear-wheel steering is no more a standard feature – it is now available in the list of optional features.
Apart from these changes, the new Mercedes Benz S-Class continues to get LED headlights with ‘Digital Light’ system, 12.3-inch full TFT instrument console, 12.8-inch portrait-style OLED touchscreen with latest MBUX software featuring voice, facial and fingerprint recognition, Nappa leather upholstery, 64-colour ambient lighting, rear front airbags, electronically adjustable front and rear seats with massage functions and chauffer package for rear seats with electronically operated leg rest and co-driver seat.
2022 Mercedes Benz S-Class – Revised powertrain options
For the new locally-assembled S-Class, Mercedes Benz has retained the 3.0-litre inline-six turbocharged petrol engine from the Launch Edition, which continues to make 367 bhp of maximum power and 500 Nm of maximum torque. However, the 3.0-litre inline-six diesel engine from the Launch Edition has been detuned now – while the engine in the erstwhile S 400d used to make 330 bhp of power and 700 Nm of torque, the same in the new S 350d now pumps out 286 bhp of power and 600 Nm of torque. The 0-100 kmph sprint is done in 5.1 seconds by the S 450 and 6.4 seconds. The top speed of both engines is restricted to 250 kmph. The 9-speed automatic gearbox and 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system continue to be there in the new S-Class.
2022 Mercedes Benz S-Class: Rivals
The new Mercedes Benz S-Class will continue to be a direct challenge to other flagship sedans like BMW 7-Series and Audi A8.