Mercedes-Benz S-Class Facelift To Be India’s First BSVI Car

  • Jan 19, 2018

Mercedes-Benz is set to launch the S-Class facelift soon, and the big news is that the new flagship sedan will be powered by a BSVI-compliant diesel engine that can also run on BSIV grade fuel.

The new S-Class facelift was first showcased at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show. The front fascia now features an updated bumper with larger air dams. The grill is also new with wider slats flanked by new LED headlamps with 'Ultra Range High Beam'. Like the front, it also gets an updated rear fascia with new tail lamps and refreshed bumper.

The current S 350 d, which adheres to the BSIV norms, develops 258PS of maximum power from a 3.0-litre, V6 diesel engine. The new S 350 d, on the other hand, will be powered by a 2.9-litre, in-line 6-cylinder diesel engine which develops more power and will be 6 per cent more fuel efficient, says Mercedes-Benz.

Other carmakers, apart from Mercedes-Benz, also have petrol and diesel engines that can comply with the upcoming BSVI emission norms. However, such engines require BSVI grade fuel to run optimally. Earlier, Volvo had revealed that it can bring BSVI engines in the country as soon as BSVI grade fuel was made available nationwide.

From April 2020, it will be mandatory for all new cars to meet BSVI emission norms. All carmakers, in unison, believe that they’ll be able to meet the deadline with improved engines in their cars. Buyers must note that in order to pass BSVI emission standards, diesel engines require exhaust after treatment technology like EGR, DPF, SCR, etc., which is expected to increase the cost of the car by about Rs 60,000 to 1 lakh. Petrol cars, in comparison, should only see a marginal price increase of around Rs 10,000 to 20,000.

Mercedes-Benz has also revealed that it will launch the BSVI-compliant Mercedes-Maybach S 560 in 2018. It should be the first petrol vehicle in India to adhere to BSVI norms, while running on BSIV fuel. Globally, the S 560 draws power from a 4.0-litre, V8 petrol engine that makes 469PS of maximum power and 700Nm of peak torque.


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