On October 7th, Mercedes-Benz is launching the locally manufactured 202 S-Class in India. The seventh generation of the W223 S-Class has been on sale in the country in CBU form since June 2021 and is enjoying high demand despite the higher prices associated with being fully imported. For this reason, Mercedes-Benz India has pushed ahead with plans to start local production of the new S-Class in India from the beginning of next year.
The locally assembled Mercedes-Benz S-Class is expected to continue with the same engine options as the CBU version. These are the S 450 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder petrol engine with 367 hp and 500 Nm and the S 400d with a 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder diesel with 330 hp and 700 Nm. The nine-speed automatic works with both. It is unclear whether Mercedes-Benz will continue to offer AWD or the rear-wheel steering in the locally manufactured version, some deletions in chassis technology and equipment could keep prices in check. The air suspension should be available in the higher equipment variants as well as the AMG Line package with its sharper styling and handling package.
The 12.8-inch MBUX infotainment screen and the digital instrumentation are to be continued in this version of the S-Class, as is Mercedes me Connected Tech. A further simplification of the comfort equipment offered is expected through partially weakened seat massage and wellness functions as well as the Burmester audio system. The rear seats should still be high adjustable, but the rear entertainment screens should be removed from the standard equipment, although the cooled seats and ambient lighting as well as the rear seat tablet should be continued. Outwardly, we expect the digital OLED lighting to be swapped for matrix LED units. The driver assistance systems currently offered are to be continued, however.
The switch to local production should significantly lower the prices of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class in 2021. Expect prices to start at around Rs 1.3 to 1.4 crore (ex-showroom).
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