The President's car: Mercedes-Benz S 600 Pullman Guard
Jul 22, 2012 14:59pm
The President of India travels in a Mercedes Benz S 600 Pullman Guard luxury saloon. The Indian head of state started using this car last year. Leading the presidential poll by a huge margin, Pranab Mukherjee is all set to step into it.
The luxurious Mercedes-Benz Pullman limousine offers its passengers not only a maximum of comfort, but also a superbly appointed setting for discreet meetings, equipped, of course, with all the key communications and entertainment systems.
The prestigious S 600 Pullman Guard state limousine, with integral high-level VR6/VR7-rated protection (BRV 2009 ratings), is based on the vehicle body for the S 600.
A standard-fit electrotransparent partition provides a sight and sound barrier between the high-ranking passengers and the driving area - allowing the former to engage in conversation.
Along with the armour steel in the protective cell, high-alloyed special steels are used in the sidewalls and floor assembly.
The Mercedes engineers have revised the air suspension system and chassis to cope with the extra loads associated with the protective elements.
The S 600 Pullman Guard is fitted with the full complement of airbags as well as a new windowbag which was specially developed for the Pullman in order to protect all the passengers in the extended rear compartment.
Characterised by sheer luxury in a way which is both unobtrusive and unmistakable, it is designed to offer the maximum degree of comfort.
Its bodyshell is based on the standard version of the S 600; the wheelbase has been lengthened by 1150 mm, and the roof raised.
Situated between the rear-facing seats are cupholders, an analogue clock and air outlets for the separate, powerful rear air conditioning system.