At Hyderabad today, wewitnessed the launch of the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class S400. Touted as a more practical variant of the super-luxury saloon, the S400gets a smaller engineandis priced at Rs 1.31 crore (ex-Hyderabad). There, however, are talks that the German luxury car manufacturer will discontinue the bigger-engined S500 in favour of the new S400 petrol.
Mercedesstates that there was a strong demand for a S-Classat the Rs 1.25-1.30 crore mark. The S400 slots between the S350 CDI and the S500 and is pricedRs 25 - 30 lakh lowerthan the S500.Not to forget, with a smaller 3-litre V6 petrol engine, the S400 is expected to have better running costs than the S500.The Mercedes-Benz S400 alsohas almostthe samefeature list asthe S500.
While there is no official statement from Mercedes-Benz India, yet, their official website currently displays only the S350d and S400 variants. The S500, dealers tell us,will be available on amade-to-orderbasis only. The brand has started taking official bookings of the S400 from today and deliveries are expected to startsoon as well.