CHENNAI: After the launch of the long wheel base version of its E Class, Mercedes Benz India on Friday rolled out the new E 220 d priced at Rs 57.14 lakh (ex-showroom Pune).
According to the company, the latest launch, along with recent debutantes E 350 d diesel and the E 200 petrol, will “further enhance the demand of the Long Wheelbase E-Class”. That’s critical given that the E-Class sedan has re-emerged as the single highest selling single model for Mercedes-Benz in India.
The model also features the OM 654 in the new LWB E 220 d. This next generation diesel technology is more powerful, economical, lightweight and highly compact and consumes around 13% less fuel and is lighter by 17% than its global predecessor. The 1950 cc diesel mill produces 143 kW @ 3800 rpm of power and peak torque of 400 Nm @ 1600-2800 rpm.
Roland Folger, managing director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India, said: “With the launch of the new E 220 d, we are now extending the E-Class product portfolio even further and making it highly versatile. The launch of the new E 220 d also marks the India debut of Mercedes-Benz’s OM 654 diesel engine. The new E 220 d’s diesel mill promises to be more efficient, powerful, lighter and compact. We are very confident that the E 220 d will remain an important pillar of our product offensive in India.”
The new launch will be first passenger car diesel engine by the company in India to use the stepped-bowl combustion process (named after the shape of the combustion bowl) in the piston.
The innovations also include the combination of aluminium engine block and steel pistons with a further-improved NANOSLIDE coating of the cylinder walls. Overall, the NANOSLIDE process reduces the use of gray cast iron by approximately 1,000 tonne and of aluminum by approximately 8,000 tonne per year.
“This is an innovative and economical process for reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions in combustion engines. By means of twin-wire arc spraying (TWAS), the cylinder inner surfaces in the aluminum crankcases are provided with an extremely thin coating based on an iron-carbon alloy. The mirror-smooth surface reduces 50 % friction between piston, piston ring and cylinder track and reduces the weight of engine,” said a company statement.
The model comes with LED headlamps and tail lamps, panoramic sunroof, 17″ light alloy wheels, chrome trim, rear bumper inserts black diffuser-look finish, two fixed tailpipe trim elements integrated into bumper, illumination specific to E-Class, crystal look during illumination and other features.
In the interior it has ambient lighting, 64 colours and five dimming levels for the desired lighting mood, touch-sensitive touch controls on the steering wheel, electric sunblind for rear windows, 37 degree recliner rear seats and chauffeur package with memory function which will be a standard feature across all variants.