Mercedes-Benz will be introducing the locally manufactured S-Class in India. The CKD version of the S-Class is expected to be significantly less expensive and offer petrol and diesel engines.
Mercedes-Benz India will be launching the latest-generation S-Class yet again. The direct import version of the S-Class is already on sale in the Indian market. However, on October 7, Mercedes-Benz will introduce the locally assembled version of the full-size luxury sedan. The S-Class that will be assembled at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Chakan, Pune is expected to be significantly less expensive than the CBU model. However, the CKD model is also expected to feature a a little less standard equipment.
Engine options on the India manufactured S-Class will likely be similar to the CBU imported models. Both the petrol and diesel 6-cylinder turbocharged engines would most likely continue with their duties in the S-Class in India. These engines will feature the 9-speed automatic transmission with 4Matic all-wheel-drive as standard. The all-wheel steering feature is also likely to be retained but just as limited as the current imported versions. The rear axle steering in India will remain limited at 4.5-degrees, and not the full 10-degree steering angle. This is down to the mixed wheel size offered on the India spec S-Class. However, we expect Mercedes-Benz India to announce all the details about the new locally assembled S-Class at the launch.
The CBU version of the S-Class is currently priced at Rs 2.17 – 2.19 crore (ex-showroom). Bringing the manufacturing to India, the CKD version of the S-Class is expected to be priced at Rs 1.5-1.8 crore (ex-showroom) range. The S-Class competes against the likes of the Audi A8L, BMW 7 Series and the Lexus LS500h in the Indian market.
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