Mercedes India is minutes away from launching the diesel variant of its B Class in India and we are reporting LIVE from the event.
The new Mercedes B Class diesel variant is powered by the same 2.2-liter four cyl. diesel engine that powers the recently launched Mercedes A Class premium hatchback. This means that the B Class diesel will offer the driver with a max power of 107.3bhp@3,200rpm and a peak torque of 25.5kgm@ 1,400rpm-2,800rpm. The car’s engine will come mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission that will send power to the front wheels of the car.
Worth a mention here is that the Mercedes B Class, which was launched in our country last year, has been so far on sale with only a petrol engine variant and the lack of a diesel engine means that the car is falling short of exploiting all the sales potential that lies in the fast emerging diesel premium car segment of our car market. Now, it seems like Mercedes India has realized that there definitely is a large part of the segment which is left to be exploited and has finally decided to do something about it.
Similar to how it is with the pricing of the diesel variant of the A Class (A180 CDI), the diesel variant of the B Class (B180 CDI) could be priced considerably lower than the petrol variant.
In all likelihood, the B180 CDI will be launched in a lower spec ‘Style’ trim that misses out on panoramic sunroof and 17-inch alloy wheels.
Sharing of the engine with the A Class, coupled with omission of some of the features should see B180 CDI priced as much as INR 70-90k lower than the petrol variant.
Stay tuned to Motoroids for more details on the “soon-to-be-launched” Mercedes B Class diesel variant.