Mercedes-Benz has announced the launch of the BS6-compliant E-class long wheelbase in India, with prices ranging from Rs 57.5 lakh for the base petrol model and going up to Rs 62.5 lakh for the top-end diesel variant.
The most important change in this updated version of the car is the change to the engine line-up. The 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines from the E 200 and E 220d respectively now meet BS6 emission regulations. While the 2.0-litre diesel continues to develop an identical 194hp and 400Nm of torque, the petrol motor now develops 197hp (up by 13hp); although its torque remains unchanged at 300Nm. Both units are paired with a 9-speed automatic gearbox as standard.
The new-norm compliant Mercedes E-class LWB is available in a choice of two trim levels – Expression and Exclusive. The trims can be had with either of the engine options. The larger V6 diesel-powered E 350d has, however, not been upgraded to meet the new BS6 emission norms.
When it comes to the equipment of the car, the top E-class Exclusive has a plethora of new technology, including wireless charging for rear passengers, a touchscreen in the rear-center armrest to control in-car functions and a 13-speaker Burmester surround sound system. The sound system used to be available only on the top-spec E 350d variant earlier.
The new E-class in India also houses the twin 12.3-inch displays that act as the instrument cluster and infotainment display – Exclusive trim only. The E-class previously featured an analogue instrument cluster with a single 12.3-inch display acting as the display for Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment system on all non-AMG models. The E-class also continues to offer safety systems including seven airbags, ABS, ESP and the brand’s Pre-Safe system.
Earlier this year, the Supreme Court had ordered barring the sale of BS 4 vehicles from April 1, 2020. While the Centre had announced the April 1, 2020 deadline for adopting BS 6 emission norms, the top court was deciding whether grace period should be given to automakers for the sale of BS 6 non-compliant vehicles after the deadline, but ultimately refused to. While BS 4 fuels contain 50 parts per million (ppm) sulphur, the BS 6-grade fuel only has 10 ppm sulphur, and can bring down PM in diesel cars down by 80%.