07 January 2010


The S-class has long been the face of class, sophistication, and cutting-edge technology for Mercedes-Benz. For the latest S-class, this tradition has been continued with the addition of interior, exterior and under the hood refinements. While India only had this starry technomarvel in the 350 petrol and the 320 CDI guise, which was quite a step behind the 400 plus horsepower BMW's and Audi's as far as performance was concerned. The all new S500 is all set to change that.

With a 5.5 litre V8, this monstAr packs in 388 PS and a gigantic 530 Nm of torque. There are gadgets galore as well like the active cruise control, night vision camera Adaptive Highbeam Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and the Pre-Safe brake system linked to the proximity regulating radar, which intervenes autonomously before an impending rear-end collision. Other highlights include the Attention Assist driver drowsiness monitor and Active Body Control with automatic crosswind stabilization.

On the exterior front, the most noticeable change is the addition of daytime LED running lights fitted to the outer edges of the bi-xenon lamp units. The rear end is also accented with a total of 52 distinctively arranged LEDs in the two tail lights. The much awaited GL class has also been launched. The GL 350 CDI just like the recently launched E 350 CDI features BlueEFFICIENCY technology as well. Under the hood, the GL sports a 225 PS V6 with 500 Nm of turning force. The 7-seater GL is set to take the fight straight to the Q7 and the Porsche Cayenne. Priced at Rs. 64.9 lakh ex-showroom Delhi, the GL is priced on par with the competition. The S500 L has made its way in CKD form and priced at Rs. 95 lakh ex-showroom Delhi makes it the most expensive car to be made in India.

Src: TOI DT 

article by: Abhishek Nigam 

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