Mercedes-Benz launches the fifth-generation C-Class within the Indian market with a beginning worth of ₹55 lakh. The new-generation C-Class sedan’s exterior and inside design is much like the flagship S-Class sedan. Plus, for the primary time, it will get mild-hybrid powertrain choices throughout the vary. 

Mercedes-Benz is providing the brand new C-Class with two diesels and one petrol engine possibility. The entry-level C200 petrol variant comes with a brand new 204hp, 300Nm, 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine, which replaces the two.0-litre engine from the outgoing mannequin.  

The C-Class diesel line-up for India begins with a C220d that’s priced at ₹56 lakh; it comes with a 200hp, 440Nm diesel engine. The top-spec C300d comes with the identical powerplant, nonetheless, it will get a wholesome 265hp, 440Nm on faucet and is priced at ₹ 61 lakh.

The C200 and C220d variants of the brand new C-Class might be out there in Avantgarde line, whereas the C300d comes on a sportier AMG line. The latter comes geared up with AMG-spec bumpers, a sportier grille and a special alloy wheel design.

The C200 and C220d might be out there in six exterior color choices – Salatine Grey, Mojave Silver, High-tech Silver, Manufaktur Opalite White, Cavansite Blue and Obsidian Black. Meanwhile, the C300d will solely be out there within the final three.

All three engines come mated to a 9-speed automated gearbox as normal, and likewise get a 48V mild-hybrid tech with an built-in starter generator (ISG) system that gives a further 20hp and as much as 200Nm of torque. Mercedes-Benz India claims a gas financial system of 16.9kpl for the C200 and 23kpl for the C220d, which makes the latter essentially the most fuel-efficient Mercedes-Benz in India. As for efficiency, the model claims a 0-100kph dash time of seven.3 seconds for the C200 and C220d variants, whereas the C300d can do the identical in 5.7 seconds.

The new W206 C-Class follows the design language of the A-Class, E-Class and S-Class secure mates, primarily by the use of shorter overhangs, a extra angular entrance finish and new headlamp and tail-lamp designs. In phrases of dimensions, the brand new C-Class has a 25mm longer wheelbase at 2,865mm and the general size is up by 65mm. The automobile can also be wider by 10mm.

While the exterior proportions of the C-Class stay the identical, Mercedes has given the brand new C-Class a very new exterior and inside design. These embody distinguished ‘energy bulges’ on the hood, a revised glasshouse that has been moved barely farther again to provide it a cab-rearwards design, and its creases and character strains have been stored to a minimal, primarily to focus on the distinguished shoulder line.

Even on the within, the C-Class is closely impressed by the S-Class as is obvious from the portrait-orientated, tablet-style 11.9-inch central touchscreen. It makes use of Mercedes’ second-generation MBUX infotainment software program, full with linked automobile tech and voice assistant. It additionally comes with biometric authentication by way of fingerprint or voice, to entry personalised information and media.

The display is angled barely in the direction of the driving force for ease of use and visibility, whereas a high-definition floating LCD digital instrument show and a brand new multi-spoke steering wheel are additionally much like those on the brand new S-Class.

The C-Class will get distinctive jet engine-inspired air vents, and the gear shifter and rotary dial have been eliminated, giving the centre console a really minimalist and clear look. Most infotainment features at the moment are operated by way of touch-sensitive pads on the steering wheel.

Other standout options on the brand new C contains dual-zone local weather management, dual-pane sunroof, wi-fi charging, powered entrance seats and steering alter, and Mercedes’ Digital Lights headlamps (C300d).

The C-Class might be out there with three inside color choices – Macchiato Beige, Sienna Brown and Black – paired with both open-pore wooden trim with aluminium inserts or a steel weave trim, relying on the variant.

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