Initially will be imported via the CBU route, later followed by local assembly
Mercedes-Benz India is all set to launch the diesel version of the 2015 C-Class sedan on February 11, 2015.
In November 2014, Mercedes-Benz launched the petrol-powered C-Class in India, which is currently sold as a CBU in the country. With the diesel C220 CDI variant, Mercedes will be looking to attract more customers towards the new C-Class, which tries to package even more luxury and design than its predecessor.
As reported earlier, the new C Class diesel will be imported to the country via the CBU route, with local assembly set to commence at a later date. International demand for the new C Class has been better-than-expected, and hence the local arm has to resort to the CBU route before it can start assembling the car at its Chakan plant.
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Power for the C220 CDI will be sourced from a 2.2-liter diesel engine producing 170 bhp and 400 Nm of peak torque. The engine is paired to a 7G-TRONIC gearbox that will drive the rear wheels only, helping it sprint from 0-100 kph in about 7.4 seconds, before hitting a top-speed of 233 kmh.
The new C Class petrol is priced at INR 40.9 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). The diesel is expected to be priced around this figure owing to its CBU status.
Competitors: BMW 320d, Audi A4 2.0 TDI, Volvo S60 D4
Expected Price: Around INR 40 lakhs
Launch date: Feb 11