IAB Report - Mercedes India to assemble S Class V8 petrol before diesel

29/01/2014 - 08:45 | ,   | Anjan Ravi

Mercedes-Benz India will assemble the petrol model of the 2014 S Class before the diesel. Mr. Eberhard Kern, Managing Director and CEO of Mercedes-Benz India, confirmed this development to Indian Autos Blog yesterday at the rollout of the 50,000th car from the Chakan facility.

2014 Mercedes-Benz S Class S500 V8 petrol engine India
Aggregate parts of the V8 engine and the 7-speed gearbox will be assembled in India along with the rest of the car.

Mr. Kern said that the first Indian-assembled S Class will roll out by March-April this year, and that it will be made in the S500 variant. This variant of the S Class is powered by a 4.7-liter Twin-Turbo V8 engine which produces 453 bhp and 700 Nm of torque. Aggregate parts of this engine and the 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox will also be assembled at the Chakan plant.

As a result, this will be Mercedes India's first locally assembled V8 model, as the rest of the products made at the Indian plant are powered either by four- or six-cylinder engines.

2014 Mercedes Benz S Class launch images
The 2014 S Class is currently sold out in the country! The initial lot of 125 cars were sold to customers even before the market launch.

The V8 petrol engine of the S500 ensures a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 4.8 seconds and a limited top-speed of 250 km/h. Mr. Kern said that there is demand for this petrol variant of the S Class in India, hence justifying local assembly.

Following the local assembly of the S Class petrol, the S Class diesel will also be introduced in the country. The S350 diesel is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 engine producing 254 hp and 620 Nm of torque. In Europe, the S350 achieves 16.94 km/l.

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