More powerful variant of the E Class diesel to feature the V6 engine.
Mercedes-Benz India will launch the E Class E350 CDI variant on September 11. The E350 CDI variant was previously available in India on the pre-facelift model, however, when the refreshed E Class was launched in India in June last year, the sedan was made available only with four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.
The E350 CDI is powered by a 2,987 cc V6 diesel engine which produces 254 bhp at 3,400 rpm and 620 Nm of torque between 1,600 - 2,400 rpm. In comparison, the E250 CDI which is currently available makes 201 bhp at 3,800 rpm and 500 Nm of torque between 1,600 - 1,800 rpm.
Where the E250 CDI does 0-100 km/h in 7.5 seconds, the E350 CDI does it in 6.4 seconds. Comparing the top-speeds, the E350 CDI is 10 km/h faster than its smaller sibling at 250 km/h. The E350 CDI would also get more features to better distinguish itself from the E250 CDI.
When launched, the E350 CDI will compete with the Jaguar XF 3.0, the Audi A6 3.0 TDI (both of which use a V6 arrangement) and the BMW 530d M Sport.
Competitors: Jaguar XF 3.0 V6, BMW 530d, Audi A6 3.0 TDI
Expected Price: INR 60 lakhs, ex-showroom