Mercedes-Benz set a new benchmark in the highly exclusive armored vehicles segment in India, by launching the new S 600 Guard. Using the latest technology, Mercedes-Benz engineers have made the S-Class, the safest car on earth. The Guard is certified for the highest ballistics protection class right now, called VR9. With first-class comfort, an outstanding AIRMATIC suspension, powerful V12 engine, intelligent driver assistance systems and unrestricted day-to-day suitability, the new flagship Guard model sets an unmatched standard in this segment. The S600 Guard was launched by Eberhard Kern, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India and Markus Rubenbauer, Head Guard Sales, at the Buddh International Circuit.
With its generous spaciousness and comfort as well as its top-flight technology and appointments, the new S 600 Guard is a worthy successor to the long line of cars from Mercedes-Benz. With its Guard models, Mercedes-Benz has the world’s widest range of special protection vehicles available today. The Mercedes-Benz Guard range currently has models from the S, E, M and G-Class, globally.
Eberhard Kern, Managing Director and CEO, Mercedes-Benz India stated, “We are glad to introduce this ‘fortress on wheels’ for our exclusive set of high profile Indian customers, who require the highest levels of protection when on the move, and rely only on Mercedes-Benz special protection vehicles. With first-class comfort, an outstanding AIRMATIC suspension, powerful V12 engine, intelligent driver assistance systems and unrestricted day-to-day suitability, the new flagship Guard model sets an unprecedented new standard in this segment. This is yet another instance where the best of Mercedes-Benz’s enriched global portfolio is being offered for Indian customers. With the launch of the new S 600 Guard, Mercedes-Benz India now provides a formidable range of special protection vehicles comprising the E-Guard and M-Guard, for the Indian market.”
Markus Rubenbauer, Head Guard Sales, commented, “At Mercedes-Benz, we claim the “technological leadership” in the field of special protection vehicles. Our unique wealth of experience spanning eight decades in the making of prestigious special-protection cars resulted in the S 600 Guard. The S 600 Guard offers hallmark Mercedes-Benz build quality combined with comprehensive highest protection characteristics. This is the first vehicle in Germany to be offered with the highest class of ballistic protection (VR9), which can withstand rifle fire from military weapons and protection from grenades and explosive charges. We are very pleased to present this engineering marvel and epitome of luxury for the Indian customers”.
No weak spots – integrated special protection
The armouring of the S 600 Guard follows the principle of integrated protection based on many years of Mercedes-Benz experience in building special protection vehicles. The major advantages are:
- Outstanding strength and stability thanks to specific reinforcement of the base structure which is integrated into the bodyshell production stage.
- The high level of comfort is maintained by sophisticated integration and intelligent overlapping of all protective elements.
At the bodyshell stage, protective components of special steel are integrated into the cavities between the body structure and the outer skin. Special aramide and PE components provide additional splinter protection. Intelligent overlapping systems at particularly critical points ensure comprehensive ballistic protection.
The glass areas are an essential part of the protective concept. They are coated with polycarbonate on the inside for splinter protection, and have outstanding visual characteristics thanks to their laminated structure. Particular attention is devoted to the protective performance of the glass areas, with an appropriate choice of materials and thicknesses.
The interaction between all the components provides the occupants with a highly effective protective space which not only includes ballistic protection, but also comprehensive protection against explosive devices. The occupants are effectively protected by the armouring if a splintering explosive charge is fired at close range on either side.
With its sophisticated and strong protective system, the new S 600 Guard has immediately met all the personal protection requirements of the relevant authorities in Germany, and is the first vehicle to have been comprehensively certificated for highest ballistic protection in resistance class VR9 (according to BRV 2009).
Discretion as a matter of course
Despite the extensive protective measures, the S 600 Guard is externally hardly distinguishable from the standard model. Its exterior has the same emphatic lines that already suggest power and dynamism when at standstill, the same striking design of the LED High Performance headlamps and the same LED rear light clusters inset like gemstones. As the S 600 Guard is hardly recognisable as an armoured saloon, it meets a further important requirement for special protection vehicles: maximum discretion thanks to unobtrusiveness.
Protection without compromises
The S 600 Guard has a generously spacious interior. Like the flagship S-Class model, the S 600 Guard excels with exemplary headroom and elbow room in the rear, and is also in a class by itself in this segment in terms of comfort dimensions such as entry height and door apertures. In addition, for the first time and as the only car in this segment, the new S 600 Guard is available both as a 4-seater and as a fully-fledged 5-seater, and offers unrestricted day-to-day suitability by virtue of a 350-litre boot capacity and high payload.
Thanks to the intelligently integrated armouring, the Guard version retains the first-class ambience of the S-Class Saloon for its occupants, and meets the highest expectations with regard to perceived quality, appointments and comfort. The comfort features of the standard model, and especially its innovations, are also almost without exception available for the S-Guard. These include:
- The Chauffeur package, which has a chauffeur position for the front passenger seat, EASY ADJUST luxury head restraints for the driver and front passenger, folding and removable on the front passenger side, and footrests electrically extendable on the front passenger side
- The executive seat in the rear on the front passenger side has a leg rest.
- The Rear Seat Comfort package includes multi contour outer rear seats, seat heating Plus and also the ENERGIZING massage function
- Optionally available First-Class rear suite with a continuous Business console transforms the rear into a mobile office with two individual seats.
Twelve-cylinder power pack
The S 600 Guard delivers superior performance thanks to its V12 petrol engine, which now generates 390 kW (530 hp) and therefore has even more pulling power than the engine of the preceding model. Thanks to 830 Nm of torque and the 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission, which is available with the V12 engine, the S-Guard has an impressive acceleration for a rapid escape from the danger zone when under threat.
Highly efficient air suspension
The S 600 Guard offers its passengers outstanding ride comfort and excellent driving dynamics to a high Mercedes standard. This is ensured by the AIRMATIC air suspension with variable damper control, as well as reinforced, suspension components and adapted control functions such as ESP or ASR to cope with the increased vehicle weight. The air springs at the front are reinforced, for example, and additional steel springs are used at the rear axle.
The brakes of the S-Guard are considerably larger than those of the standard model, so that the extra weight can be safely handled. Larger 6-piston brake callipers and significantly larger brake discs are used at the front axle, for example. The rear brakes are also of larger dimensions than on the standard model.
Standard equipment on the S 600 Guard includes Michelin PAX run-flat tyres with an additional tyre pressure monitoring system which allows an escape from the danger zone up to a distance of 30 km even with damaged tyres.
Intelligent assistance systems
The S 600 Guard is also equipped with the latest technical innovations that make the Mercedes-Benz S-Class a shining example of passenger car development in general and the world’s best-selling luxury saloon. As part of Intelligent Drive, these features include assistance systems which considerably enhance comfort and safety.
The following options are available:
- Night View Assist Plus
- LED Intelligent Light System
- 360° camera
Guard-specific equipment for more comfort and safety
In addition Mercedes-Benz offers further optional extras which were specifically developed for the S-Guard. These include:
- Opaque roller blinds all-round in the rear
- Heated windscreen and side windows
- Easily operated panic alarm system
- Fire extinguisher system with automatic activation
- Emergency fresh air system protecting occupants from the ingress of smoke or irritant gases
- Hydraulic power for the heavy side windows
- Special cooling compartment in the rear
As in the case of standard production models, the full manufacturer’s warranty also applies to the S 600 Guard and the other models in the Guard family. All the Mercedes-Benz service outlets worldwide are also able to service, maintain or carry out any necessary repairs for the Guard models.
The Guard family
The Mercedes-Benz Guard range globally, has models from the S, E, M and G-Class. Mercedes-Benz offers the most extensive range of special protection vehicles, with a total of nine models.
The Mercedes-Benz E-Guard models are available in multiple engine variants globally. With a six-cylinder diesel engine in the E 350 CDI Guard, a V6 petrol engine in the E 350 Guard and a 5.5.-litre V8 in the E 500 Guard, all E-Guard models provide high protection in resistance class VR4 (according to BRV 2009).
Mercedes-Benz G 500 Guard
The Mercedes-Benz G-Class is also available in a special-protection version globally. The G 500 Guard is equipped with a 5.5-litre V8 engine and highest protection to VR6 or VR7 (according to BRV 2009).
The M-Guard is available as the ML 500 with a powerful V8 petrol engine. 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive is obligatory for these models, ensuring maximum traction and enhanced handling stability. As a special protection vehicle, the M-Guard with its integrated protective components meets all the requirements for resistance class VR6 (according to BRV 2009).
Further information: Protection classes
High-Protection vehicles engineered to the VR4 protection level resist large-calibre revolver. Highest protection vehicles engineered to levels VR6/VR7/VR9 provide effective protection against all the threats. Their armour is designed to resist rifle-fire from military weapons, which has a velocity almost twice that of handgun bullets. They also offer resistance to splinters from hand-grenades and explosive charges.