Mercedes India, the Indian subsidiary of the famed German premium car maker, would launch the diesel variant of its B Class in Indian premium car market on 11th this month.
The B Class diesel would be powered by the same 2.2-liter four cylinder diesel motor that powers the recently launched Mercedes A Class. It may be noted that the B Class, which was launched last year, came to us only with a petrol engine variant and the lack of a diesel engine means that there definitely is a part of the segment that is left to be exploited.
It is being said that the B180 CDI, the diesel variant of the B Class, could be priced lower than the petrol variant. It has also been confirmed that the car’s diesel motor will be in the same state of tune in which it is found in the A Class. This means that the motor will have a max power output of 107.3bhp@3,200rpm and a peak torque figure of 25.5kgm@ 1,400rpm-2,800rpm. The engine will come mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission that will send power to the front wheels of the car.
Also, the B180 CDI will come in a lower spec ‘Style’ trim that doesn’t come with a panoramic sunroof or 17-inch alloy wheels. Instead, the car gets 16-inch wheels.
Omission of these premium features could result into the B Class diesel being as much as INR 70-90k cheaper than the petrol variant.
Source – Autocar India