Mercedes has launched the all-new 2014 C-Class in India with a price starting at Rs 40.90 lakh, ex-showroom, New Delhi. Showcased first in the 2014 Detroit Auto Show in January, the new C-Class replaces the previous generation of the car, which was launched in 2008 in India. The new C-Class is only available in a single C 200 petrol-powered variant as of now. Mercedes will launch the diesel variant of the car early in 2015.
First impressions of the new C-Class suggest that it is a much more elegant looking than the model it replaces. Leaving behind the slightly sporty appearance of the previous generation C-Class, Mercedes designers have gone in for a classic and sophisticated design theme with the new model. In fact, it now takes a lot of inspiration from the company’s flagship sedan, the S-Class. With its sleek dual-lamp LED headlights clubbed with daytime running LEDs, a more prominent grille, lower air-intakes, sculpted hood slopes, the new C-Class is all about refined aesthetics.
The side-profile of the new car is reminiscent of the S-Class, too, while the rear is stubbier than before with smoother lines rather than angular design of the previous model. The new set of full LED-tail lamps at the back also remind you of the S- Class. The dual exhaust openings on either side at the rear look sporty and comes as standard.
Inside, the C-Class now comes loaded to gills with luxury features. The dashboard layout and design flows smoothly without being edgy- which was the case in the older version. Creature comfort features include a free-standing multimedia screen with touch-pad and rotary controls on the lower centre console. The steering wheel continues to be a three-spoke unit but it now feels more upmarket. The instrument cluster sports a dual-pod and features a larger driver information display system in between the speedometer and the tachometer. An analogue watch also finds place in the centre console, adding to the car’s classic yet understated appeal.
Among other features, a 3-zone climate control, LED ambient lighting, panoramic sun-roof, a 13-speaker music system from Burmester etc., are also available on the new C-Class.
The new C-Class sources power from a 2.0 litre turbocharged in-line four-cylinder petrol engine. This engine develops 184PS @ 5500 rpm and 300Nm of maximum torque @ 1200 – 1400 rpm. Power is channeled to the rear wheels via a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Mercedes claims the new C-Class to do 0-100km/h sprint in 7.3 seconds, and that it will also hit a top speed of 235km/h. Fuel efficiency is claimed to be 14.74 km/l, which is impressive if you compare it with the outgoing model’s fuel economy of 11.74 km/l. The new C-Class also comes equipped with an ECO start/stop function.
Based around the company’s new MRA (Modular Rear-Drive Architecture) platform, the new C-Class incorporates lightweight and high-strength aluminium parts in its construction in order to to reduce weight, and subsequently improve performance, handling and efficiency. In comparison to its predecessor, the C-Class is now 90mm longer, 40mm wider and 5mm lower. The wheelbase has been stretched by a considerable 80mm, resulting in an increased space inside the car, while the boot space is still generous at 480 litres.
Safety of the occupants is also taken due care of in the new car as it comes equipped with 6 airbags, Anti-lock brakes, brake force distribution, stability control, adaptive LED headlights which light up the road for better visibility while maintaining a dazzle- free environment for the on-coming traffic, Attention assist system, etc.
Mercedes will be selling the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class C 200 (petrol) as CBU (completely build unit) in India. However, the diesel variant, which will be launched early in 2015, is going to be locally manufactured at the company’s Chakan plant near Pune.
The new C-Class competes against the likes of BMW 3-Series, Audi A4 and Volvo S60 in India.
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