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The best car in the world, driven by intelligence; the all-new Mercedes-Benz S-Class


Mercedes-Benz, renowned for its best-in-class S-Class vehicles, has outdone itself. The all-new Mercedes-Benz S-Class, launched in India, is clearly a class of its own in terms of luxury, intelligence, advanced driver’s assistance systems and craftsmanship. The S-Class is India’s first BS VI compliant ‘Made in India – for India’ model, this vehicle showcases features that a connoisseur will appreciate as attributes on a whole new trajectory.

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S 350 d Engine
The all-new S 350 d is fitted with a new inline-6, the most powerful diesel engine ever produced by Mercedes-Benz India. The OM 656 motor used in the S 350 d engine, is the most powerful passenger car diesel engine; the inline-six cylinder motor delivers an output of 210 kW (286 hp). Further, the new engine is designed to comply with future emissions legislation (RDE – Real Driving Emissions).

All the components of relevance for efficient emissions reduction are installed directly on the engine. Although the output has increased noticeably compared to the preceding model, the new engine consumes up to six percent less fuel. The special traits of the top-of-the-line engine in the diesel family include the new stepped-bowl combustion chamber design, two-stage turbocharging and, for the first time, the use of CAMTRONIC variable valve-lift control. Its design features a combination of aluminium engine block and steel pistons as well as further improved Nanoslide® coating of the cylinder walls. While the engine has been readied to meet BS-VI emission norms that are due to be implemented only in 2020, the technological breakthrough achieved by the OM 656 in India is its ability to run on existing BS-IV fuel.

Adblue - technically termed as DEF (Diesel Exhaust Fluid) – is another interesting feature of the automobile. Consisting of 32% urea mixed with deionized water, it is injected in the SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) converter, for processing of gases and reducing harmful NOx emissions.

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S 450 Petrol Engine
The S 450 petrol variant is also a class apart. It offers refinement, driving pleasure and responsibility with the V6 petrol engine with 270 kW (367 hp) embodied within it. Thanks to twin turbocharging and intercooling, the S 450 has huge reserves of power. The engine may give off its typical, unmistakably sonorous and cultivated sound, but fuel consumption stays unusually low.

External Visual Appeal
Where first-sight visuals is concerned, the radiator trim, with three twin louvres and vertical bars in high-gloss black, a new lower bumper with large, sporty air intakes and multibeam LED  headlamps create an aura of an instant appeal. The rear bumper, with its integral tailpipe trim elements for all engine variants and new LED tail lights with crystal-look tail lamp and Coming Home function add an unmistakable dash of flair to its rear. In addition, the new 18-inch, 5-twin-spoke sporty-look light-alloy wheels make their debut in the new S-Class.

Luxury and Looks
The new S-Class comes with an advanced Panoramic sliding sunroof with an obstruction sensor. In addition, two electric roller sunblind provide shade for the occupants in strong sunlight. Fitted with a new multi-function steering wheel with ergonomic touch control buttons, it allows intuitive control of most functions along with the integrated cruise control.

The car has electrically operated roller sunblind for the rear glass and side windows that enable the passengers to shield themselves from direct sunshine and prying eyes without disturbing the outside view. The vehicle interior can be fragranced to suit personal preferences and the air quality can be improved by ionization and optimized filtering of the incoming and recirculating air.

Showcasing the high-class interior like a work of art the all-new S-Class, fitted with thermotronic automatic climate control in the rear, has ambience lighting in 64 colours. Further, futuristic displays in HD resolution, select materials, generous sense of spaciousness showcases the unique atmosphere in the S-Class spectacularly, especially in the night.

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A smartphone integration system allows integrating iPhones® via Apple CarPlayTM as well as Android smartphones with Android Auto into the vehicle, and operating them by voice control. There is also a provision for wireless mobile charging. The new S-Class comes with Burmester® surround sound system with 13 speakers, a 9-channel DSP amplifier and a total output of 590 W.

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Smart Assistance

Intelligent beyond compare, the all-new Mercedes-Benz S-Class has new safety features that use sophisticated radar-based technology -  Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC, Active Steering Assist, Active Braking Assist, Blind Spot Assist;  all these features provide additional safety and protection while driving.

It’s no wonder then that it’s earned the reputation of being not just ‘best-in-class’ but rather ‘best-car-in-the-world’, driven by intelligence!