Mercedes India, the Indian subsidiary of the renowned German luxury car maker, would launch the eagerly awaited diesel variant of its B Class in Indian premium car market on 11th this month.
Powering the upcoming B Class diesel would be the same 2.2-liter four cylinder diesel motor that powers the recently launched Mercedes A Class hatchback. It may be noted that the Mercedes B Class, which was launched last year, has been on sale in India with only a petrol engine variant and the lack of a diesel engine means that there definitely is a large part of the segment which are left to be exploited.
It is being said that much like the A180 CDI, the B180 CDI diesel variant 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.