Launched: New Mercedes S-Class
But it's already sold out, Mercedes India is now accepting orders for deliveries in April...
Mercedes-Benz was one of the luxury car manufacturers who saw a great growth spurt, sales going up by 32 per cent in 2013, thanks to the eight cars launched in that calendar year including the A and the B-Class.
Come 2014, and Mercedes India is already putting out the big guns with the launch of their top-of-the-line luxury sedan, the S-Class. This launch comes just 3 months after the global launch of the car, and all 125 launch units have been bought even before the customers got to physically experience the car. And that, at the launch price of Rs 1.57 crore (ex-showroom, Delhi).
On the mechanical front, the new Mercedes S-Class features a 4.7-litre V8 engine married to a 7G-Tronic Plus 7-speed automatic transmission. The engine produces 453bhp and 700Nm of torque. It sprints from 0-100kph in 4.8 seconds and has a top speed of 250kph.
But the most striking part about the new S-Class is its extensive and impressive feature list, which touts it as "the best car in the world". It comes with an all-LED lighting system inside and out, a hot-stone massage function on the rear seats, a mobile office cabin setup with folding tables, entertainment system and Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities as standard.
Safety features include a 360 degree view camera and a very interesting Night View Assist feature that points out obstacles ahead even in a pitch black environment.
The next lot of the new S-class will be locally assembled and available in April, though there was no official comment on a likely change in price.
Mercedes has another launch up its sleeve at the Delhi Auto Expo this year. But for now, you can read our full review of the new S-Class right here, and also tell us what you think in the comments below.
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