Mercedes in India has launched the diesel variant of the new C-Class sedan at a starting price of Rs 39.9 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi. The German luxury car manufacturer introduced the new C-Class here only two months ago, although only the petrol C200 variant was launched then. The addition of a diesel motor on the new luxury sedan will certainly help the new C-Class gain more popularity among luxury car buyers in the country.
The new C-Class diesel will be available in one single variant here- C220 CDI, across two trim levels- Style and Avantgarde.
Initially, Mercedes will be bringing the C220 CDI via the CBU (completely built unit) route. Locally assembled models of the car are likely to roll out of Mercedes’ Pune facility later this year. The C220 CDI is the second major launch by the manufacturer this year as it unveils its ‘15 in 15’ strategy; meaning it will launch 15 new products throughout the year 2015.
Aesthetically, the new C220 CDI remains largely unchanged from its petrol sibling. This means its exterior design borrows noticeable cues from the flagship S-Class sedan, resulting in a more pronounced and premium appearance. The new design highlights include all-LED intelligent lighting headlamps, a big upright two-strip grille with a prominent three-star logo, aggressive front bumper, 17-inch 5-twin spoke alloy wheels, all-LED tail-lamps cluster, bustle-back boot lid and a resculpted rear bumper design. To sum it up, the new C-Class has ditched the sporty appearance of the older model for an elegant and classic design theme.
Step inside the cabin, and you will be treated with an elegant and luxurious cabin that sports an unmatched fit and finish of materials. The cabin is plush and features a three-spoke multi-function steering wheel, circular A/C vents, a two-pod instrument cluster, a free-standing multimedia-screen with in-built navigation assist, a touch-multimedia controller, Burtmester multimedia system etc. The front seats can be adjusted electrically and come with memory functions. The rear seats can be folded 40:20:40 and the centre armrest gets dual cup holders for added convenience. The additional ambient lighting feature adds to the premium factor of the car once the sun sets down.
Mechanically, the C220 CDI comes fitted with a 2.1-litre, 4-cylinder diesel engine that develops 170PS of power between 3,000 – 4,200rpm along with a peak torque of 300Nm@1,500-3,000rpm. Power is transmitted to the rear wheels via a 7-speed 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission. Mercedes claims the new C220 CDI will do 0-100km/h in 7.4 seconds. The top speed is 223 km/h (claimed).
Among other features on the new model, it gets ‘Agility Control’ modes that alter the way different components of the car react to driver inputs. These include – ‘Eco’, ‘Comfort’, ‘Sport’, ‘Sport+’ and ‘Individual’. The suspension has been raised for Indian road conditions as well.
The C220 CDI Style is priced at Rs 39.9 lakh, whereas, the C220 CDI Avantgarde carries a price-tag of Rs 42.9 lakh (both indicative of ex-showroom prices in Delhi). While Mercedes has chosen to price the new C-Class diesel significantly above direct rivals like the Audi A4 and BMW 3-Series, it may well backfire since India is a price-sensitive market. That said, the new C-Class does come up with some of the segment first features along with higher levels of equipment and a premium-quotient quite unique to the Mercedes badge.
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