brand new entrant to DaimlerChryslers'' product portfolio
for the Indian market is the Mercedes-Benz CL-Class. The
launch of the new luxury coupe is accompanied by the diesel
version of the earlier S-Class now christened as the S 320CDi.
DaimlerChrysler unveiled its latest offerings amidst a display
of all the earlier launches in an exercise aptly called
"The Brand Showcase" in Mumbai yesterday. A similar
brand showcase will also be organized in Delhi, Chennai
and Hyderabad in the coming weeks.
show stealers of the brand showcase were indeed the new
CL-Class (Luxury Coupe), S-Class (Saloon) and the M-Class
(SUV). The Maybach was conspicuous by its absence despite
a mention of its ostentatious presence amidst the cars
displayed. The Managing Director and CEO of DaimlerChrysler
Mr. Wilfried Aulbur, distinguished the latest entrants
by describing the new S 320CDi as a "stately car"
while he considered the CL-Class as a "fun"
car. He also described the CL-Class as a "driver''s
CL-Class does score over the earlier launches with regard
to its sleek design and innovative technology. This luxury
coupe features two variations the CL500 and the CL600.
The CL500 with a 5.5 liter V8 makes a commendable 388hp
at 6,000rpm and 530Nm of torque between 2,800-4,800rpm.
It also includes a 7 speed automatic transmission.
CL-600 with a slightly larger 5.5 liter V12 makes 517hp
at 5,000rpm and 830Nm of torque at 1,900rpm to 3,500rpm.
In keeping with the coupe tradition this luxury car also
features common coupe traits such as: retractable side
windows and the large panoramic rear windscreen.
new diesel S-Class S-320 CDi, delivers 235hp at 3600rpm
and 540Nm of torque between 1600-2400rpm. It can accelerate
from 0-100kms in 7.5 seconds flat. The S-320 CDi is priced
at Rs.71 lacs (Ex-showroom Mumbai).The CL 500 and CL 600
awaits elite buyers at Rs.1.2 crores and 1.6 crores respectively
also offers easy vehicle loan schemes with longer pay
back periods to attract buyers who aspire to own the dream