Mercedes Benz S Class has long been the flagship model for the German marque. It comes in numerous avatars for the buyers including a performance oriented S63 AMG and a Coupe. Last year in India, it received two new variant in its lineup in the form of Maybach S500 and S600. Now, the manufacturer has brought the Mercedes Maybach S600 Guard to India in wake of the launch of A8 L Security. The Maybach S600 Guard complies with the VR10 security standards, which means, it can withstand blasts, grenade explosions and gun firing. It is one of the 12 new products that the German manufacturer has promised for India this year.
1. Executive class seating arrangement.
2. Its safety and security features are best-in-class.
1. S600 Guard is pricier than its rivals.
2. Waiting period for Maybach is way too long.
1. The new Mercedes Maybach S600 Guard comes with the VR10 protection standards. This ensures impenetrable safety for the occupants inside.
2. Its 6.0-litre 12 cylinder petrol engine delivers monstrous performance unlike any other.
Mercedes Benz is the undisputed leader in the world of luxury. Its flagship saloon S Class is perhaps the most luxurious car ever built by the company. The recent addition of Maybach class products to the line-up has positioned the model series in the league of Rolls Royce and Bentley. Now, with the introduction of Maybach S600 Guard, Mercedes Benz has formed a league of its own in the world of automobile. It is an armored vehicle that can withstand grenade explosions, bullet firing and any form of attack. With its incomparable luxury standards, impenetrable protection levels, the S Class is going to compete with the likes of A8 L Security in the country.
The new Mercedes Benz Maybach S600 Guard looks exactly the same like the existing S Class variants, but with some minor differences. Only a keen eye will be able to notice the exact difference. As we can see, its external appearance is gracefully designed with splendid build quality down to the closest detail. It is pretty long, wide and reasonably low in height that expresses the royalty from all frames. Further adding to its appeal is the expressive lines that stretches from the front to the rear end through the door panels.
While its coupe and sedan versions look completely different from each other. The coupe trims are designed with two doors, and have sleek, bold and stylish body structure as compared to other trims.
However, its AMG version looks sportier than the regular variants, thanks to its exclusive package featuring bumpers, alloy wheels, a distinctly designed radiator grille and extensive black accents as well.
To start with the front, it has a beautifully sculptured signature grille with thick chrome surround. It is accompanied by the company's emblem positioned on top of the hood.
On either sides of the grille, there are large headlight clusters featuring adaptive bi-xenon headlamps along with LED daytime running lights.
By the sides, its fenders are mated with stylish set of alloy wheels that adds grace to the facet.
The outside mirrors have a neat, clean design and comes integrated with LED turn blinkers.
Coming to the rear section, it has a large tailgate with U shape that is decorated with chrome accents. Surrounding this is the distinctly crafted taillight cluster that is integrated with innovative LED light pattern.
The overall look is simply magnificent that can grab attention of any automobile enthusiast.
The interiors exude a quality of abundance that few other vehicles could. As you make your way into the cabin, you're to be greeted by fine leather dressing, rich inlays, chrome and many more elements that make the atmosphere as dynamic as possible.
At the front, a large wooden strip embraces the bottom of the dashboard, stretching from one end to the other. The circular air vents have a touch of chrome that makes a strong design statement.
At the focus of the dash, the large display hosts the multimedia and navigation systems.
At the base of the centre console, a large black inlay is sure to have your attention, while the steel gear knob goes along with the premium air.
The steering wheel also comes with inlays of wood, while the large Mercedes-Benz star sets up a more distinguished feel within the place.
In front, the instrument cluster has a sophisticated layout, positioned within line of sight for the driver.
The seating is the pivotal factor that sets this ride well apart from any other. The well structured seats come with sound support and bolsters, and the rich leather dressing adds a more premium feel to the place.
Armed within the vehicle is a 4.7-litre V8 petrol engine with a displacement of 4663cc. The power-train consists of 6 cylinders, and is equipped with a turbocharger. We thought that the specs were better than any other model in the class, with 453bhp of power between 5250 to 5500rpm and a grinding torque of 700Nm at 1800-3500rpm. A second engine, available for the sedan trims, is the 5.5-litre bi-turbo V8 engine that generates 585bhp of maximum power at 5500rpm and 900Nm of torque at 2250 to 3750rpm. Lastly, for the 'S Guard' trim and Maybach S600 trims, there is 6.0-litre engine that comes with 530bhp of power at 4900rpm and 830Nm of torque at 1900rpm. All of the engines are blended with a 7-speed automatic transmission gearbox that makes shifting a flawless affair. Overall, the driver is sure to have a pleasant affair, with a linear power delivery, well channelled torque and well controlled vibrations within the cabin.
The sole diesel engine here is a 3.0-litre, engine with a displacement capacity of 2978cc. It brings out 258bhp of power at 3600rpm and a powerful torque of 620Nm at 1600 to 2400rpm. It is also geared with the same 7-speed automatic transmission, and preserves a good comfort quality throughout.
Ride and Handling:
The car has no shortage of techno spills that improve the overall ride quality. An adaptive braking system ensures that the cornering and braking is shaped to its finest. This is further enhanced with many other aids such as brake assist, anti lock braking system, and electric stability program. An electromechanical power assisted steering system helps to keep the response as sharp as possible. We were happy with the rigid chassis arrangement, which easily handled all strains thrown by the road. However, rougher sections can send shudders through the cabin.
A broad airbag system shields the occupants, including dual front airbags, window bags, side airbags and window bags. Along with this, the company has incorporated a slew of other safety programs, such as an electric parking brake, night view assist plus, ESP curve dynamic assist, brake wear warning display, active parking assist, adaptive braking lights and many more. Three point seat belts with belt tensioners keep the occupants secure, while an acceleration skid control, active blind spot assist, crosswind assist head restraints further augment the drive security.
The base variant, S350 CDi, comes along with an electric backrest adjustment facility, a 2-spoke multifunction steering wheel in nappa, THERMOTRONIC 4-zone automatic climate control, a reversing camera, a panoramic sunroof, Burmester High-End 3D Surround Sound, and a navigation feature. Meanwhile, the top end Maybach S600 features a Magic body control system, Designo Black Piano Lacquer trim for the cabin, a front seat massager, a Magic Vision Control facility, a head-up display, Splitview and more.
This car is nothing short of irresistible. It packs the finest drive experience possible, with a mix of lavishness, comfort, and entertainment, while at the same time, not letting go of performance and inner dynamics. However, its tall price tag would be more than enough to put many people off. In the end, go for this car if you're willing to spend big bucks for a no-compromise drive experience. On the other hand, to those on the thriftier side who just need an average vehicle for A to B commuting, we'd recommend some other model for you.
Mercedes-Benz S-Class price
|S 350 CDI |
|1.19 Cr ||1.21 Cr ||1.24 Cr ||1.21 Cr ||1.21 Cr ||1.24 Cr ||1.25 Cr
|S 350d Connoisseurs Edition |
|1.22 Cr ||1.22 Cr ||1.22 Cr ||1.22 Cr ||1.22 Cr ||1.22 Cr ||1.22 Cr
|S 400 Connoisseurs Edition |
|1.33 Cr ||1.33 Cr ||1.33 Cr ||1.33 Cr ||1.33 Cr ||1.33 Cr ||1.33 Cr
|1.3 Cr ||1.34 Cr ||1.35 Cr ||1.33 Cr ||1.32 Cr ||1.36 Cr ||1.37 Cr
|Maybach S500 |
|1.87 Cr ||1.8 Cr ||1.95 Cr ||1.73 Cr ||1.86 Cr ||1.88 Cr ||1.92 Cr
|S 500 Coupe |
|2.06 Cr ||1.76 Cr ||2.01 Cr ||2.09 Cr ||2.13 Cr ||2.13 Cr ||21.0 Lakh
|S 63 AMG Coupe |
|2.7 Cr ||2.42 Cr ||2.57 Cr ||2.67 Cr ||2.76 Cr ||2.75 Cr ||2.74 Cr
|S 63 AMG |
|2.33 Cr ||2.33 Cr ||2.43 Cr ||2.52 Cr ||2.57 Cr ||2.56 Cr ||2.55 Cr
|Maybach S600 |
|2.65 Cr ||2.7 Cr ||2.64 Cr ||2.65 Cr ||2.65 Cr ||2.81 Cr ||2.78 Cr
|S Guard |
|8.9 Cr ||9.06 Cr ||9.18 Cr ||9.06 Cr ||9.13 Cr ||9.06 Cr ||9.14 Cr
|Maybach S600 Guard |
|10.5 Cr ||10.69 Cr ||10.74 Cr ||11.25 Cr ||10.13 Cr ||10.69 Cr ||11.36 Cr