Mercedes-Benz India has officially introduced the diesel powered C-Class – the Mercedes-Benz C220 CDI. The Mercedes C220 CDI is offered in two trims – C220 CDI Style priced at Rs 39.90 lakh and C220 CDI Avantgrade at Rs 42.90 lakh. Both C-Class diesel variants are launched as CBUs, while CKD operations are expected to commence in next 3 months.
Mechanically, both Mercedes C-Class diesel variants are same as they get the same engine under its hood. It is powered by the familiar 2.2-litre 4 cylinder diesel engine which is also seen on board the CLA-Class and GLA-Class, but in a higher state of tune.
This engine is capable of delivering 167.6 bhp between 3000 – 4200 rpm and 400 Nm peak torque between 1400 – 2800 rpm. Compared to the CLA and GLA, its about 35 hp and 100 Nm more. Both variants will feature Merc’s 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic gearbox to the rear wheels. Fuel efficiency is claimed at 19.27 kmpl, while top speed is 233 kmph. 0-100 kmph acceleration time is just 7.4 seconds.
Boasting of impressive design, the new C-Class (also known as baby S-Class) is also the most expensive car in the segment. LED headlights (but not the full-fledged adaptive system) are standard on both models, but the C220 CDI Avantgarde comes with 5-twin-spoke alloy rims while the C220 CDI Style comes with multi-spoke 16-inch alloy rims.
Features-wise, it gets 5-drive modes, Mercedes Radio, 3D navigation, new generation Audio 20 CD with touchpad, keyless entry, keyless start stop, 3 ambient colour lighting, internet connectivity via smartphone bluetooth and panoramic roof. The safety features include 7 airbags, reversing camera, tyre pressure monitoring system, PRE Safe, ABS, BAS, ESP, ASR, Hill start Assist, and Attention Assist (warning the driver if drowsy).
Alongside, the company also announced the start of CKD operations for C-Class petrol variant, which was launched in India back in November-2014 for a price of Rs 40.90 lakhs. Surprisingly, the CKD launch price for C-Class petrol variant is the same at Rs 40.90 lakhs. All priced mentioned here are of ex-showroom New Delhi.
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