Daimler AG has started production of their flagship model, the 2014 S-Class at its Sindelfingen plant in Germany. The new model is expected to be on sale in India early next year. The company is investing around one billion euros this year in order to incorporate the production of the new model at the existing facility.
Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars said, “2013 is the year of the S-Class. We are driving forward our model offensive in the luxury segment.” The new S-Class is not intended to solely replace the current model, but also fill the void created by the discontinued Maybach models owned by Daimler AG.
The new generation of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class was officially presented to the public on 15th of May, 2013, in Hamburg. The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class will come with a 3.0-liter V6 engine in the S350 BlueTEC, which is good for 258bhp and 620Nm of torque, 4.7-liter V8 petrol producing 455bhp and 700Nm of torque in the S500 and a 3.5-liter V6 with 306bhp and 370Nm of torque, in the S400 Hybrid. Like its predecessor, the new S-Class is fully loaded when it comes to features and technologies such as autonomous driving ability, two 12.3-inch TFT screens for the instrument cluster and navitainment, a touch-sensitive telephone keypad, rear climate control with two more zones to name just a few.
The new S-Class will replace the current model in India by start of 2014. The new model will be brought to India as CKD (Completely Knocked Down) unit and will priced marginally higher than the outgoing version.