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The next-generation Mercedes Benz S-Class and the E-Class are scheduled to launch in India, next year. Both models are expected to receive a host of upgrades with their next-generation models.
Speaking to Autocar India, Santosh Iyer, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Mercedes-Benz India, said that the next-generation S-Class and the E-Class models could be launched in India only during the second half of 2021 because of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class features top-notch luxury and performance, and is known to be the brand's true flagship model. On the other hand, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class has been the brand's best-seller in its segment in India.
The current-gen Mercedes-Benz S-Class (W222) has been on sale in India since 2014. The German luxury-sedan will be replaced by the next-gen S-Class (W223), which is set to make its world premiere in September this year.
The company has not revealed many details about the upcoming next-gen S-Class sedan. However, few spy shots that surfaced on the internet reveal the next-gen luxury-sedan to feature a large waterfall-type infotainment screen on the dashboard. The new infotainment system is expected to feature a clean design with fewer buttons to operate.
The next-gen Mercedes-Benz S-Class is expected to be offered with a host of powertrain options. This includes petrol, diesel, mild-hybrid, and plug-in hybrid engine options. There are also rumours floating around that the company will discontinue the Coupe and Cabriolet versions of the S600, leaving only the long wheelbase model on offer.
Santosh Iyer also confirmed that the upcoming E-Class will only receive a mid-life cycle facelift when launched next year in India. The current-gen Mercedes-Benz E-Class has been on sale in India since 2017 and has set a new benchmark in its segment.
He added that India is the only market in the world to get a right-hand-drive, long-wheelbase E-Class, as a result, the facelift was never scheduled to launch in 2020. This is due to the longer time-line involved in manufacturing of long-wheelbase models by sourcing the components from its global supply chain.
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class facelift was revealed during March this year. The upcoming sedan features a host of changes inside and out. The E-Class global-spec is available in a variety of powertrains to choose from. This includes petrol, diesel, mild-hybrids and plug-in hybrid engine options.
We expect the facelift E-Class to retail slightly higher than the outgoing model because of all the upgrades. The current-gen Mercedes-Benz E-Class retails between Rs 59.07 lakh and 75.29 lakh, ex-showroom (India).
Thoughts About The Next-Generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class & E-Class India Launch
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the E-Class have been one among the popular luxury sedans in the Indian market. Although the Indian market currently favours SUVs, these cars will hold their own with their road presence, features, luxury, and performance.