Mercedes Set To Introduce Extra Long E-Class In India; Launch Date Revealed

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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.

Mercedes-Benz To Launch E-Class Long Wheelbase 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.

Mercedes-Benz To Launch E-Class Long Wheelbase In India

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.

Mercedes-Benz To Launch E-Class Long Wheelbase In India

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.

Mercedes-Benz To Launch E-Class Long Wheelbase In India

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).

Mercedes-Benz To Launch E-Class Long Wheelbase In India

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.

Mercedes-Benz To Launch E-Class Long Wheelbase In India

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.

Mercedes-Benz To Launch E-Class Long Wheelbase In India

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.

Mercedes-Benz To Launch E-Class Long Wheelbase In India

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.

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Via Autocar

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Story first published: Thursday, January 5, 2017, 18:29 [IST]
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