German luxury automaker Mercedes-Benz launched on Tuesday the newest edition of the E-Class at Rs 56.15 lakh for the E200 variant and Rs 69.47 lakh for the E350d variant (ex-showroom Mumbai). This is the fifth generation of the executive sedan in the country.
The German auto major has directly launched a long-wheelbase version of the E-Class in India, given the success enjoyed by the E-Class so far, grabbing 34% of Mercedes-Benz’s sales in the country. This version was developed for markets like China, but the automaker has brought it to India, beating BMW in the race. What’s more? This is not an imported “launch edition”, but is being rolled out of the Chakan plant near Pune.
The new E-Class was launched in two variants– E200 and E350d, powered by either a 2-litre petrol or a 3-litre diesel engine, mated to a 9G-tronic gearbox.
|2.0 litre 4-cylinder petrol||182 BHP (183PS)||300Nm|
|3.0 litre V6 diesel||255BHP (257PS)||620Nm|
At the launch, Mercedes-Benz India MD Roland Folger said, “India is a chauffeur-driven country. When we initially came with a shorter wheelbase, we realised there’s demand for a longer version too. So the decision to launch the longer wheelbase car was a no-brainer.”
The new E-Class is 185mm longer than the outgoing version, so its wheelbase has increased by 205mm, making it a really spacious executive sedan. Mercedes-Benz has offered reclining seats, adjustable from the chauffeur’s end, 64 shades of ambient lighting and a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and a 13-speaker, 590 watt Burmester music system. Add to it a panoramic sunroof,and you don’t miss much of the pleasure of an S-Class.
The carmaker also introduced two “Star Ease” service packages starting at Rs 64,700 for petrol variant for and Rs 94,400 for diesel variant for a period of two years.
The new E-Class comes with advanced safety features like park-assist, 360-degree aerial-view cameras, parking sensors and seven airbags. The E350d version can also be raised by up to 25mm, thanks to adaptive suspension system with variable damping.
Mercedes-Benz India has pit the E-Class against the recently launched Jaguar XF starting at Rs 47.5 lakh, the BMW 5-series (which may get an update by the end of this year or early 2018) at Rs 50.50 lakh, the Audi A6 at Rs 53.75 lakh and the new Volvo S90 at Rs 53.50 lakh.