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April 13, 2015: Mercedes-Benz, is planning to bring in a few entry level C-Class variants. The upcoming cars will lie in a low priced slab in the C-lineup. These will initially be launched in certain European markets. Earlier this model was awarded with “World Car of the Year 2015” beating the new Volkswagen Passat and new Ford Mustang. While in February, this company in India had launched the diesel iteration of this sedan, the C 220 CDI. Priced at INR 39.90 Lacs & INR 42.90 Lacs, the diesel avatar on the same line will first be imported as a CBU, while the CKD operations will commence at a later stage. Powering the C 220 CDI is a 2,143cc in-line four diesel engine, good for 170bhp and 400Nm of peak torque. The generated power is transferred to the rear wheels through a 7-speed DCT torque convertor. Except this new heart pumping under the bonnet, everything remains identical.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class is perhaps the most desirable luxury saloon produced by the German luxury car manufacturer. Recently, its facelifted version version was introduced in India, but with only one petrol engine option. Now, in a bid to further augment its sales, the company has added two diesel variants in its line-up namely C 200 CDI Style and C 200 CDI Avantgarde. This model series is built on a completely new platform based on the company's lightweight modular RWD architecture. At present, this model series is available with one petrol and the newly added diesel engine option. The petrol trim is fitted with a 4-cylinder based 2.0-litre engine, which is capable of producing 181bhp of maximum power and 300Nm of torque. While both the diesel trims are equipped with a 2.2-litre, 4-cylinder engine that is mated with a seven speed automatic transmission gearbox. It has a refreshing design cues unlike any other saloon in its class, which eventually makes it look unique. To start with the exteriors, the manufacturer has not made any changes to its exteriors, since its received facelift barely a year ago. This current generation saloon has a radiant headlight cluster, a majestic radiator grille and sporty bumpers that gives it a regal stance. Its side profile too looks to be classy owing to the expressive lines embodying in it. This vehicle also gets a set of newly designed 5-twin spoke design alloy wheels, which enhances its magnificence. The insides of the all new C Class saloon has a mesmerizing look, as there are subtle changes made to the cabin. Its cockpit gets a stylishly sculptured dashboard with ergonomically positioned floor console and refined seats. As a result of improvement in its wheelbase, the rear cabin gets 25mm more leg room, which further adds to the comfort. It gets an extensive use of leather along with chrome and veneers that gives a luxuriant finish to the cabin. On the other hand, the automaker is also offering its customers with an option to customize its cabin with variety of leather upholstery, color schemes and veneers. At the same time, it is also providing a list of features as optional for the buyers to choose from. This model series is bestowed with some of the technologies, which are currently available in the high end saloons of the company. However, it gets all the standard comfort features like a THERMATIC automatic climate control system, speed dependent power steering, ambient lighting system, and a proficient suspension system. At the same time, it is also incorporated with crucial safety features like ABS with EBD, impact protection beams, and active head restraints. The automaker has also bestowed this saloon with an advanced ATTENTION ASSIST system that detects the signs of inattention towards driving and alerts the driver. Currently, the manufacturer is offering this latest model with a warranty period of 3-years without any constraint to its mileage.
This latest generation series has a completely redesigned body structure with expressively crafted lines all over. Its front facade has a redesigned radiator grille featuring a perforated mesh along with horozontally positioned louvres. Surrounding this is the all new headlight headlight cluster, which is equipped with LED daytime running lights, turn indicators and adaptive bi-xenon headlamps. The front bumper houses a redesigned air dam along with a pair of air ducts, which have perforated mesh for better air intake. Its front bumper is also fitted with a chrome plated lip, which provides additional protection while enhancing its elegance. The overall look of the front profile is emphasized by the iconic company’s insignia, which is embedded on to the grille. Its side profile too gets exquisite change with expressive lines and well carved wheel arches, which eventually enhances its classy appeal. Its wheel arches are fitted with a set of stylish 5-twin spoke design alloy wheels. However, individuals can opt for a set of multi-spoke rims, which adds to its sporty appeal. This model series also gets a few styling aspects like high-gloss black B pillars along with body colored wing mirrors and chrome plated door handles. Its window will surround and waistline molding too gets a chrome treatment. Its rear profile gets a newly designed taillight cluster that houses all LED lights including turn indicators, courtesy lamps and brake light. The rear body colored bumper houses a diffuser along with a lower cladding, which gives it a sporty look.
The latest version gets slightly bigger than its predecessor as its length, width and wheelbase have been increased. Now, it has an overall length of 4686mm along with a decent width of 1810mm (excluding wing mirrors). It has a generous height of 1442mm, where as the minimum ground clearance measures at 157mm. Its overall wheelbase is now measures at 2840mm, which increases the cabin space.
Editor's take : The interior styling of the C-Class is luxurious, however it is the space in the rear seat that didn’t impress us. The quality is top-notch and the seats are large and comfortable.
This latest model series gets a completely redesigned internal cabin with an ultra-modern cockpit. It gets all the Avantgrade styling aspects including front seats in 'Cobra look' interior lighting package and a multi-functional steering wheel featuring gearshift paddles. Buyers can choose the interior color scheme with either black or dual tone beige/black color scheme. The most attractive aspect of its interiors is its revamped dashboard featuring a glossy finished center fascia and floor console. Its instrument cluster is now designed with bigger round shaped meters, which displays critical information about the vehicle including speed, tachometer, trim meter and fuel levels. This latest vehicle is also incorporated with an advanced infotainment system, which can be operated using the touchpad located on the floor console. Its large center fascia is fitted with a proficient AC unit along with a music player and ergonomically positioned control switches, which are easy to reach. The three spoke steering gets a slight tweak as it is covered with new leather upholstery. It is accompanied with gearshift paddles and mounted with multi-functional switches. The cockpit section is 'Cobra Look' seats, which have adjustable head rests and are covered with ARTICO leather upholstery. Both the front seats are electrically adjustable including memory setting for the driver's seat. Furthermore, the control switches for these seats are provided on door panels, which adds to the convenience. The entire new look of the cabin is emphasized by the analogue clock, which is positioned in the center fascia.
This model series is bestowed with a slew of advanced comfort features, which eventually offers a comfortable traveling experience. It is equipped with features like a panoramic glass sun roof with one touch operation, driver's side wing mirror with automatic dimming function, electrically adjustable exterior mirrors, and a three spoke steering wheel with multi-functional switches. In addition to these, it also has ECO start/stop function, electrically adjustable front seats with 4-way lumbar support, interior mirror with automatic dimming function, stowage box under the co-driver's seat, rear center armrest with two cup holders, map pockets and key-operated remote boot lid release. Furthermore, it also has sun blinds for rear doors, all four power windows with one touch operation, smoker package and foot-operated parking brake with hill start assist. The automaker is also offering aspects like rear seat backrest with split folding function, ambient interior lighting package with three color schemes and velour floor mats. This latest version is now bestowed with a sophisticated touch panel with gesture support, which allows the driver to operate the navigator, music system and all the other function of infotainment system.
This newly introduced model gets an improved leg and head room, especially in the rear cabin owing to its long wheelbase. It comes with front and rear headroom of 1039mm and 942mm respectively. While the leg room in front and rear cabins increased to 492mm and 686mm respectively. The shoulder space in in rear cabin is 1462mm, whereas in the cockpit has 1454mm. On the other hand, it has a boot compartment of 485 litres, which can be increased by folding its rear seat.
Editor's take : The acceleration produced by the engines is good and is as good as one will expect a three-pointed star to have.
Both the engines are mated with an advanced dual clutch 7G Tronic automatic transmission gearbox that transmits the torque output to its rear wheels and allows it to reach a maximum speed of 230 Kmph. Its petrol variants can break the 100 Kmph speed mark from a standstill 7.3 seconds, whereas the diesel trim can break it in about 8 seconds.
This refurbished saloon is now available with one petrol and diesel engine option. Its petrol variant is fitted with a powerful 2.0-litre petrol engine that has high pressure direct fuel injection technology. It also has an exhaust gas charger, which enhances its power output. It comprises of 4-cylinders and 16-valves that displaces 1997cc. This power plant has the ability to pump out a maximum power of 181bhp at 5500rpm that results in a commanding torque output of 300Nm in the range of 1200 to 1400rpm. On the other hand, the newly launched diesel trim is equipped with a 2.2-litre motor that displaces 2143cc. It also comprises of 4-cylinders, which receives fuel through common rail direct fuel injection technology. However, it produces a maximum power of 167.5bhp between 3000 to 4200rpm along with a pounding torque of 400Nm in the range of 1400 to 2800rpm. Both these engines are skilfully paired to an advanced 7G Tronic Plus automatic transmission gearbox that allows its rear wheels to derive torque output. The manufacturer has also equipped this saloon series with a an advanced ECO Start/stop for assisting the engine to improve its fuel efficiency and overall performance.
Editor's take : The mileage of the C-Class diesel is phenomenal and the large 65-litre tank gives it a really long range. It returns about 10-11 km/l in the diesel variants in city if driven with a light foot.
The newly introduced diesel variants are powered by a 2.2-litre engine that has common rail direct fuel injection system. This enables the vehicle to deliver a maximum mileage of approximately 23.7 Kmpl, which is is impressive. On the other hand, its existing variant is fitted with a petrol engine that as high pressure direct fuel injection system along with variable valve timing technology. This mill enables the vehicle to produce a mileage of approximately 11 to 14.74 Kmpl, which is quite good.
Editor's take : The power produced by all the engines is good and the bigger diesel has good power as well. The C250 CDI produces 204bhp, which is phenomenal.
Its 2.0-litre petrol engine comprises of 4-cylinders and it is incorporated with a turbocharger. This helps it to develop a maximum power of 181bhp in combination with a hammering torque output of 300Nm, which is remarkable. Both its petrol and diesel mills have the same valve configuration, but the diesel engine churns out 170bhp of power and yields 400Nm of hammering torque.
|Variants||Transmission||Engine Description||Mileage||Power||AC||Power Steering||Central Locking|
|C 220 CDI Style
4 Cylinder 16 Valve
|15.2||19.27||167.62bhp @ 3000-4200rpm||Standard||Standard||Standard|
|C 220 CDI Avantgarde
4 Cylinder 16 Valve
|15.2||19.27||167.62bhp @ 3000-4200rpm||Standard||Standard||Standard|
|C 200 CGI
4 Cylinder 16 Valve
|9.25||14.74||181.04bhp @ 5500rpm||Standard||Standard||Standard|
This model series is equipped with an advanced Audio 20 CD system that can be operated with the help of an innovative touchpad, which is located on the floor console. This unit features an advanced multi-media system along with a bigger 17.78cm color display. It is also incorporated with a Gramin MAP PILOT navigation system that helps to stay in right direction. It also has a CD player, a USB port and AUX-In socket. In addition to these, it also has support for Bluetooth connectivity for pairing of phones, which allows audio streaming and call function. On the other hand, the automaker has incorporated an advanced parking assistance system including sensors and reverse parking camera. This provides acoustic and visual parking aid with dynamic guidelines on infotainment screen. Buyers can customize its interiors with variety of leather upholsteries and color schemes as per their choices. On the other hand, its exteriors can be personalized with stylish body graphics, decklid spoiler, side skirts, moldings and diffusers, which gives it a sporty appeal.
Editor's take : The handling characteristics of the C-Class are decent and the ride is also pliant. The suspension set-up is more on the softer side for better ride quality.
This facelifted version is bestowed with an advanced adaptive braking system featuring a set of internally vented brake discs all round. Furthermore, these are assisted by the anti-lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution, which helps to reduce slipping of this vehicle. Besides these, it is also incorporated with an electronic stability program that collaborates with dynamic cornering assist, which improves the agility by minimizing the loss of traction. It is also incorporated with a few programs like hill start assist and hold function, traction control system and acceleration skid control function. On the other hand, this vehicle is bestowed with an agility control suspension system featuring selective passive damping system that optimizes the damping effect and stabilizes the vehicle according to the road condition.
Editor's take : The safety features on the C-Class include airbags, ESP, ABS, traction control, all those that are commonly seen on the entry-level luxury sedans.
The car maker has incorporated this model with several innovative safety features, which provides better protection to the passengers and vehicle. It is bestowed with PRE-SAFE anticipatory occupant protection system that recognizes the critical driving situation and activates the precautionary measures if necessary. It can activate several safety systems by analyzing the data collected from sensors of ESP and BAS. It also has neck-pro head restraints for front passengers, which can be activated in case of a rear impact. In addition to these, there are features like Attention assist function, seven airbags, three point seat belts, anti lock braking system, electronic brake force distribution, adaptive high beam assist, electronic engine immobilizer including ELCODE locking system, ISOFIX child seat attachment points, adaptive brakes and hill start assist system including hold function.
The automaker is offering this latest model series with a set of newly designed 5-twin spoke design 17-inch lightweight alloy wheels, which are painted in Vanadium Silver. These rims are further covered with a set of high performance 225/45 R17 sized tubeless radial tyres. However, individuals can choose for either five-spoke or multi spoke design rims, which are embedded with company's emblem.
1. Redesigned external appearance is a big plus point.
2. New engine performance and acceleration is quite good.
3. Infotainment system including touchpad controller adds to its advantage.
4. Agility control suspension provides exceptional driving experience.
5. Safety features are at par with other competitors.
1. Initial cost of ownership is slightly expensive.
2. There is no AMG Exterior kit option.
3. Low ground clearance is a big drawback.
4. Lack of COMAND online system is a disadvantage.
5. There is no Harman Kardon or Bose surround sound syste
|C 220 CDI Style |
|39,90,000||41,62,711||38,76,806||40,60,933||43,83,000||40,60,933||40,99,117||Get On Road Price|
|C 220 CDI Avantgarde |
|42,90,000||43,66,267||41,91,994||43,66,267||47,13,000||43,66,267||44,07,321||Get On Road Price|
|C 200 CGI |
|41,70,000||42,44,133||43,00,609||42,44,133||44,93,683||42,44,133||42,84,040||Get On Road Price|
The stuttgart based manufacturer, Mercedes-Benz, is planning to bring in a few entry level C-Class variants. The upcoming cars will lie in a low priced slab in the C-lineup. These will initially be launched in certain European markets. While there is no word from Mercedes India, but we expect them to make it to our shores as well. Both the variants will be four-wheel-drive, one is C160 and the other is C200.
As Mercedes-Benz launches the diesel variant of its new C Class, competition in luxury saloon segment boils to a new degree of celsius. The three pointed star automaker introduced the C 220 CDI Style at Rs 39.90 lac and C 220 CDI Avantgarde at Rs 42.90 lac. The car lock horns with BMW 3 Series 320d and Audi A4 35 TDI. Audi and BMW though have an edge over the Merc as they have more variants (3 each) in their model lineup and are couple of lac cheaper than C Class’s two variants. Lets find out the crucial differences between the Big Three German luxuries.
Mercedes Benz India has launched the anticipated diesel avatar of the new 2015 C Class - C 220 CDI. The diesel version is available in two variants Mercedes C220 CDI Style – Rs 39.9 Lac and the top-end Mercedes C220 CDI Avantgarde – Rs 42.9 Lac. Let’s look at the features, highlights and specifications of Mercedes-Benz C 220 CDI diesel.