Mercedes Benz B Class diesel launch next month: New S Class early next year
Mercedes Benz B Class diesel for India will be offered with the same 2153 cc four cylinder mill that is downtuned to generate 109 hp and 250 Nm torque. This is the same engine that features in the A Class diesel A 180 CDI Style. Mercedes Benz India sells about 50-60 units of B Class currently, which is available in just petrol guise. With the launch of B 180 CDI and the new A Class (in petrol and diesel), the company is expected to add more numbers to their monthly sales figures, in a bid to regain No 1 position in the Indian auto industry.
Once successfully launched, 2014 Mercedes Benz S Class will compete with BMW 7 Series, Audi A8 and Jaguar XJ. It will be equipped with outstanding comfort features. In India, the company will be launching new S Class in both petrol and diesel variants. Like the current S Class, the new one too will be assembled at their plant in Chakan near Pune. (BMW India rolled out the first locally assembled 7 Series yesterday.)
Featuring a redesigned body, the new S Class will be constructed out of aluminum which not only contributes to reduced weight but also displays the much desired improved fuel economy. The vehicle will sport Night View Assist PLUS system indicating to driver’s hazards on the road ahead. Suspension has also been updated to include Magic Body Control system, which modifies suspension settings on the fly based on road conditions.
When asked about the change in price of A Class and B Class, once Mercedes Benz India begins local production of the same, Mr Kern said that they do not plan to begin local production as of now. The plant is undergoing expansion and is expected to achieve output of 20,000 units by 2014 start, he adds. Until then, there will be no new additions to local assembly, as they will continue with assembling C Class, E Class, S Class and ML Class. (2014 is also the year when Mercedes Benz brings their compact sedan CLA and SUV GLA to India)