New E-class Merc is here, shell out Rs 56 lakh and ride

New Delhi: German luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz on Tuesday  launched the long wheelbase version of its E-Class sedan priced up to Rs 69.47 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai).

The new long wheelbase (LWB) E-Class is longer from its standard version by 140 millimetres in both the wheelbase (3,079 millimetres) and length (5,063 millimetres), the company said in a statement.

The LWB E-Class will be available in both petrol and diesel fuel options. The petrol option, E200 is powered by a 1,991 cc engine and is priced at Rs 56.15 lakh, while the diesel variant E 350d has a 2,987 cc engine and is tagged at 69.47 lakh (all prices ex-showroom, Mumbai).

Commenting on the launch, Mercedes-Benz India MD & CEO Roland Folger said: "Majority of our E-Class customers in India are chauffeur driven, and hence it was a natural decision for us to introduce the long wheelbase new E-Class in India."

India becomes the only country in the world to offer the right hand drive long wheelbase version of the new E-Class and and it took almost 48 months to develop the car from scratch, he said in a statement.

From its launch, the sedan will be Made in India, for India and will be rolled out from the companys Pune plant, it said, adding 13 million units of E-Class has sold globally.

Mercedes-Benz India is also offering service packages with the price starting at Rs 64,700 for the petrol variant and Rs 94,400 for the diesel variant for two years.

The The E-Class sedan is comprises about 34 per cent of the total Mercedes-Benz cars sold in India till date.