Mercedes-Benz has launched the mid-life refreshed model of its sedan C-Class in India today. Updated after almost four years, the new C-Class gets many exterior changes, a bunch new features and more powerful diesel engines than the outgoing model.
After the national launch, the new C-Class was launched in Ahmedabad by Emerald motors, where we got invited to attend the unveiling. The event also marked celebration of the completion of 2 years of the dealership.
Coming to the car, the 2018 C-Class will be available in three variants C 220d Prime, C 220d Progressive and C 300d AMG Line, priced at ₹ 40 Lakh, ₹ 44.25 lakh and ₹ 48.50 lakh respectively (all ex-showroom, India).
The exterior of the new C-Class doesn’t differ much from its predecessor except some minor changes like the addition of LED headlamps with DRLs, slightly revised front and rear bumpers and a new set of alloy wheels. The sedan will also get a new silver shade on offer. Inside, the new C-class comes with a new-design steering wheel that borrows the dual touchpad control system from the higher models like the E-class and S-class facelift. It also comes with a 10.25-inch high-resolution screen for with COMAND infotainment system.
Mercedes has only launched the new sedan with diesel engines as of now. The C-Class shares the 2.0-liter engine with the upcoming E-Class All-Terrain. However, it comes tuned with two different outputs depending upon the variants. The one in the 220d makes 192 bhp and 400 Nm of torque and does 0-100 km/h sprint in 6.9 seconds.
The engine is tuned in the powerful AMG line C300d to produce 241 bhp and 500 Nm of peak torque. The extra power makes it quicker by a second in a 0-100 km/h sprint. Both the engine comes mated to a 9-speed torque convertor automatic transmission that sends the power to the rear wheels.
At the launch, Michael Jopp, Vice President, Sales & Marketing Mercedes-Benz India said, “This model update is the biggest in the history of the C-Class. In total, we have changed some 6,500 components. The new C-Class is loaded with a variety of technologies and features that enhance driving pleasure, and offer unmatched luxury. We are confident that these enhancements will add a dash of athleticism and uniqueness to one of the most popular models in Mercedes-Benz’s rich product portfolio.”
Source: Mercedes-Benz India