Mercedes B Class diesel to cost less than the B180 Petrol? Specifications inside
Dhruv Saxena, Mechanical engineer trying to find his place in the world of automobile journalism.
Earlier on, we told you that the Mercedes B Class diesel for India would feature the same 2.2-liter four cylinder diesel engine seen on the recently launched Mercedes A Class. While the B Class was launched in 2012, the unavailability of a Euro 4 spec diesel engine prevented Mercedes India from introducing the diesel variant.
Mercedes could have easily introduced the Euro 5 compliant diesel engine, but we learnt from the company that our country's fuel quality was not really the best and fitting for a Euro 5.
Even the 2.2-liter diesel engine seen on the A Class produces only 108bhp of power. The same 2.2-liter produces 170-odd bhp in the C Class and 203bhp in the E Class! Mercedes have had to retune the engine so that it would offer a class leading fuel economy (20.06km/l on the A Class) and yet run smoothly on our country's fuel. The 2.2-liter diesel engine in this state of tune cannot be found anywhere else in the world!
Autocar India has driven the B180 CDI and confirm the same 2.2-liter diesel producing 107.3bhp (on the B Class) at 3,200rpm and 25.5kgm of torque from 1,400rpm-2,800rpm will be used. The 7-speed dual-clutch transmission will send power to the front wheels of the B180 CDI.
Autocar further reports that Mercedes would introduce the B180 CDI in a lower spec 'Style' trim only. As a result, you no longer get the panoramic sunroof seen on the B180 Sport. The 17-inch alloy wheels give way for higher profile 16-inches.
Thanks to these deletions, the B180 CDI is expected to be priced lesser than it's petrol sibling. Mercedes did the same with the A Class wherein the diesel is about INR 80,000 cheaper than the petrol.
The B180 CDI is expected to be launched in the coming days.
[Source - Autocar India]