Mercedes Benz launched the new fifth generation of the baby merc, as it is affectionately called, in India at a press event in Delhi. The new C-Class features over 6,500 new parts compared to the pre-facelift version and over 50 percent changes from the initial C-Class range. The C-Class has always been a favourite choice of the Indian market due to its perfect amalgam of amazing driving dynamics and state of the art luxury. Offered in three variants, the C 220 d Progressive, the C 220 d Prime and the C 300 d AMG Line the new C-Class will use the new BS-VI compliant the four-cylinder OM 654 diesel engine. While the C 220 d line is offered at dealerships across the country, the C 300 d will be offered in the fourth quarter of this year.
Having sold over 30,500 units since its inception in India, the C-Class is one of the most selling models of the German manufacturer. A new colour option called Mojave Silver, along with the standard range of colours offered with the previous generation car. While both the C 220 d and C 300 d use the same 1950 cc four-cylinder diesel engine, they both feature a different stage of tune. In the C 220 d, the motor makes 194 hp at 3800 rpm and 400 Nm of torque at 1600 – 2800 rpm and in the C 300 d the engine produces 245 hp at 4200 rpm and 500 Nm of torque at 1600 – 2400 rpm. The motor is mated to a 9-speed Gtronic gearbox and the cars have a top speed of 232 km/h and 250 km/h respectively.
The insides of the C-Class have also been enhanced, the car now gets a new 10.25-inch media display screen and new generation telematics. The C 220 d Prime will also get a 64 colour ambient light system, NGT 5.5 smartphone integration and an open pore walnut wood trim. The top of the line C 300 gets additional equipment which includes multibeam LED headlamps, 18-inch alloy wheels, a new generation flat-bottom steering wheel and two upholstery colour options, Saddle Brown and Black. Prices of the new C-Class are, INR 40.00 Lakhs, INR 44.25 Lakhs and INR 48.50 Lakhs for the 220 d Progressive, the C 220 d Prime and the C 300 d AMG Line respectively. Mercedes will also offer a service package for the new C-Class, the prices for a two-year pack start from INR 72,700.
So here is the new C-Class which will compete primarily against the other two German entry-level sedans, the BMW 3-Series, which also may get an update soon and the Audi A4. Do keep watching this space for a detailed review of the baby merc which shall hit the Motoroids garage pretty soon.