Mercedes-Benz is readying its new E-Class for launch in India. However, it would seem that German carmaker is looking to launch the Mercedes E-Class Long Wheelbase (LWB) instead of the regular version of the luxury sedan in India.
India will become the second country after China to get the Mercedes E-Class LWB instead of the regular sedan and the new car is expected to enter India in March.
However, Mercedes had to re-engineer the LWB E-Class for the Indian market as China like Merc's home country of Germany drives on the right-hand side of the road.
Another surprise will be found under the hood as Merc is set to kick out its long-serving 2.1-litre diesel engine in favour of 3.5-litre V6 engine producing 254bhp.
The current 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine is not expected to enter India until 2020 when BS-VI emission norms come into effect in the country.
The petrol powered E-Class is expected to carry the E300 badge and will be powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine that cranks out 241.6bhp. Both the petrol and diesel engines will be paired with automatic gearboxes.
The E-Class LWB (codename V213) is 5,063mm long and has a 3,079mm long wheelbase both of which are 140mm longer than the regular E-Class (W213).
All of the increased space can be found in the rear end of the passenger cabin which suits the extended E-Class' role as a chauffeur driven car.
Inside, the E-Class LWB will feature twin 12.3-inch displays, one of which replaces the instrument cluster while the other is used by the infotainment system.
The rear-seat passengers will be able to control the infotainment system along with the climate control and interior lighting functions with the help of an optional tablet controller.
Prices for the new Mercedes E-Class LWB are expected to hover between Rs 55-70 lakh which is a Rs 5-10 lakh increase over the current model.