Mercedes-Benz’s most attainable sedan, C-Class, has finally started the production in India, and the locally produced version is launched for a price of Rs 37.90 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
The car of nomenclature C220 CDI is now manufactured at Pune manufacturing facility. And as compared to the earlier model, which was brought as CBU (completely built unit) in the country that cost Rs 39.90 lakh, has made the deal sweetened by Rs 2 lakh.
As referring to the ‘Make in India’ hype of the nation’s Prime Minister, Mercedes-Benz has used 60% of the local components for this new C-Class. And that’s where the buyers are going to miss out some equipment on-board which was earlier available on the fully imported units. They are the illuminated door sills and mood-lighting, followed by distinctly tweaked alloys and centre console finish of walnut wood trim.
Alongside the car launch, Mercedes-Benz also announced the launch of corporate leasing programme, termed as Corporate Star Lease, which is launched to offer the easy and hassle free leasing solution to corporate employees under their car benefit provision of their organization.
Commenting about the launch, Mr. Eberhard Kern, Managing Director cum CEO of Mercedes-Benz India suggested, it is a delighting moment for MB India to roll off the ‘World Car of the Year’ from its Pune manufacturing facility. For an obvious note, the quality of this India made product will match that of one rolled out in the home land Germany, and elsewhere around the world. It is the C220 CDI that once wrote the success story for a strong Mercedes-Benz brand. Now, once again the carmaker is up to the mark for repeating it again.
Mercedes-Benz India’s Pune manufacturing facility presently assembles five models namely: C-class, E-class, the S-class, the M-class and GL-class.
Hence, the engine bay of this new C-Class, which just started the production in India, is strapped by a 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel engine that sends the max power of 170bhp and 400Nm of torque. This aforesaid equation translates 0 – 100 km/h in a paltry time of 7.4 seconds, alongside the top-speed of 233 km/h. Above all, the C-Class is also the most fuel-efficient car of the segment with figures rating at 19.27 kmpl.