The introduction of BS VI models will make Mercedes-Benz the first car maker to comply with the upcoming emission norms.
In November last year, Mercedes-Benz promised to bring BS VI compliant models in 2018. At the time of the announcement, little did we know that the manufacturer will be so prompt in keeping the promise. Mercedes-Benz is now all set to launch the first BS VI compliant car in India.
This move from the Stuttgart-based car maker is in line with the government’s decision that BS VI fuel must be supplied in Delhi from 1st April onwards. But Mercedes-Benz is ready to kick of the BS VI era in India irrespective as the new S-Class 350d is capable of running on BS IV grade fuel while meeting BS VI emissions norms. Isn't that an impressive engineering feat! This change into the engine now gives it more power at 281bhp but a little less torque at 600Nm in comparison to the current BS IV model.
This move from the government comes in light of the pollution issues that plague the capital city. Moreover, in a bold move, India has decided to skip BS V altogether in favour of a cleaner fuel in India. Of course, this has demanded additional investment, not just from vehicle manufacturers but also form oil refineries. Thankfully, both sides have been supportive of the government’s decision. It is worth noting that PM levels of a BS VI compliant engine is 82 per cent lower than that of a BD IV compliant engine.
Mercedes-Benz has really gone full throttle in their bid to take over and stay as the leading luxury car maker in India. It started with the 15 in ’15 campaign which allowed them to steal the no.1 spot from Audi. Since then, with support from new launches and attractive service initiatives, the company has managed to stay at the top. The shift to BS VI before any other car maker in the country is another step in the right direction.
The price for the new Mercedes-Benz S350d will be announced at the time of the launch of the car.