Luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz today launched an upper-end variant of its flagship luxury sedan E-Class in diesel version -- E350 -- making it the eighth of the planned 10 launches this year.
With a starting price of Rs. 57.42 lakh (ex-showroom Pune), launch of the E350 marks the revamp of the German giant's E-Class portfolio in the country and is the sixth model to be assembled at its Chakan, Pune facility, managing director and chief executive Eberhard Kern told reporters during the unveiling of the car.
The E-Class portfolio includes the E200, E250 and E350 and E63 AMG, which are available in both diesel and petrol options.
Kern said the new E350 sports a 6-cylinder, 3-litre engine and a host of features and has one of the higher torque, helping the car reach 100 kmph in flat 6.6 seconds.
At present, all its models have petrol variants except the SUVs and over 20 per cent of the total volume comes from petrol models.
Terming the new E350 as an 'intelligent superpower', Kern said the car combines numerous 'Intelligent drive assistance systems' such a light systems, auto parking assist and attention assist, which will go a long way in ensuring maximum safety.
Kern also said that going forward the company will offer sunroof facility on all models as a standard feature.
The E-Class is not only the largest selling luxury sedan in the country but also the largest selling model for Mercedes-Benz here, having more than 25,000 units on road since its entry in November 1995.