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.
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