Mercedes-Benz’s entry-level sedan C-Class has finally got a new design in India.
The German automaker launched the new entry-level sedan C-Class for the price of Rs 40.90 lakh ex-showroom Delhi. Right now only petrol variant is launched but diesel will come out by 2015.
At this earlier stage the car will be brought to India as completely built-up units (CBU) where the local manufacturing will take place during the next year (2015).
New C-Class is based on the MRA (Mercedes Rear-Drive Architecture) which is lightweight in nature and the new trim comparatively had reduced weight by 100kgs over the earlier version. In comparison, the old C-Class which was on sale in India till now was smaller. To be specific, the model has grown 95mm in length, 40mm on width and 80mm on wheelbase. The powertrain deployed underneath the hoods is compiled of a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged, petrol unit with a 7G-Tronic Plus dual-clutch gearbox. The same engine is also planted in the new E-Class and produces 181bhp and 300Nm of torque. All the said technicalities lead 0-100kmph in 7.3 seconds and deliver a fuel efficiency of 14.74kmpl.
On the cosmetic side, the flagship S-Class has lent ample of cues to it. The twin-slate front grille with the prominent logo just bolstered in the center looks carried over. Ranging from the LED lights, new rear bumper, tail lights and boot lid are same of the S-Class.
The cabin of top-end C-Class trim is nurtured with 8.4-inch high-resolution screen which can be controlled by wheel as well as a touchpad. Satellite navigation, cabin lighting of selectable four-colour LED, panoramic sunroof, push-start button, rear-view camera, climate control, Bluetooth connectivity and 13-speaker bounded Burmester audio system.
The rivals will be BMW 3-Series, Audi A4 and upcoming Jaguar XE. It is made available only in C200 trim where 200CDI promised to be the number fetcher when launched.