While the all-new S-Class is already on its way to our shores, Mercedes-Benz India has launched the outgoing S-Class’s last hurrah! It is called the S-Class Maestro Edition, and it retails for Rs 1.51 Crore (ex-showroom). Of course, being part of the previous-gen model, the Maestro Edition looks pretty much like a standard S-Class. Having said that, Mercedes-Benz has ensured to make it a touch more special. But before we get to that, do note that the next-generation S-Class is only scheduled to reach showrooms sometime in the latter part of 2021. The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has always been considered the pinnacle of automotive luxury and desirability. And even though this is the older model, those two aspects of the nameplate haven’t been scrapped.
To distinguish it from the regular S-Class, the Maestro Edition gets a few touches that are unique to it. First amongst which is its Anthracite Blue exterior paint color. Then there is the Magic Sky Control panoramic sunroof which now comes as standard, plus glossy Brown Eucalyptus wood trim.
Front occupants can also enjoy the seats that now feature memory settings. This means that you don’t have to faff around with them every time you get inside your S-Class. However, what is even more of an addition in the Maestro Edition, is its connected car technology. You can now use Alexa Home and Google Home right from the get-go. Meanwhile, standard S-Class variants have to wait for their respective over-the-air (OTA) updates for the same features.
Martin Schwenk, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India, said,
“The S-Class is our flagship model and it remains the benchmark in its segment. With the introduction of the new ‘Maestro Edition’, we further enrich the S-Class with additional luxury features and the latest connected car technology. We are confident the ‘Maestro Edition’ will continue the S-Class’ unmatched popularity among its discerning patrons, reaffirming the flagship’s segment leadership position. In 2021, one of our key priorities is to introduce the latest in connected car technology, along with the most desirable products and their updates.”
What sets the Maestro Edition apart from other S-Classes is the fact that only it gets the aforementioned Alexa Home and Google Home connectivity tech. How is that for flexing? Moreover, having these two features means that owners can keep tabs on several functions of their S-Class. Depending on your preference, either of the two connectivity apps can ensure that you remain connected to your car even from the comfort of your home. All communications between you and your car will be routed through Mercedes-Benz’s cloud service, allowing you to even control some features of your car. One can unlock the doors, start the climate control system, or even set reminders.
Mercedes-Benz has also integrated its new “Parking Locations” feature into the S-Class Maestro Edition. Customers can use this feature to easily locate and find their S-Class. This is made possible as the navigation system has access to several POIs (Points of Interest), including malls, buildings, paid parking lots. Similarly, customers can simply use the “Mercedes me” app to pinpoint the exact location of their car on a smartphone. In fact, the “Parking Locations” function can be used to find suitable parking spots that suit your need, even before leaving your house. Such extension of connectivity makes owning a luxury barge such as this even more fruitful. To further your experience, the Maestro Edition comes with several standard gizmos.
There are electrically-adjustable rear seats with reclining & massaging function, front & rear wireless charging, plus a rear-seat entertainment system. On top of all that, you also get a 13-speaker Burmester surround-sound system along with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay. Under the hood of the S-Class Maestro Edition is a pretty familiar engine. It is a 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six diesel motor that cranks out 286hp and 600Nm of torque.
Paired to a 9-speed automatic gearbox, this engine allows this heavy luxo-barge to hit 100 kmph in 6 seconds, dead. Eventually, you will be flying over the surface at an electronically-restricted top speed of 250 kmph. Meanwhile, if you want even more tech galore and an all-new (albeit a controversial) design, wait for the next-gen S-Class.