Mercedes-Benz India has made a grand re-entry into the executive sedan segment with launch of the much-awaited C-Class at a starting price of Rs. 55 lakhs (ex-showroom). The popular sedan which is on sale in the India since 2001 has got a comprehensive update this time.
The latest launch is the fifth generation of the C-Class with the previous generations selling over 37,000 units combined in the last 21 years of sale in the country.
Mercedes-Benz is offering 3 variants C200, C220d, and C300d and with the choice of 6 colours – Salatine Grey, Mojave Silver, High-Tech Silver, Manufaktur Opalite White, Cavansite Blue, and Obsidian Black. Note that C300d will sport only the last 3 colours.
Designed taking inspiration from the S-Class and the recently facelifted E-Class, the new C-Class is 65 mm longer than its previous version with the wheel base also higher by 25 mm. There’s also 21 mm additional space in the cabin.
The luxury sedan sports a revised grille, shorter overhangs, sleeker LED headlamps with integrated LED drls, and new split LED tail-lamps.
There are also what Mercedes calls ‘power bulges’ on the hood. A 19-inch alloy wheel completes the look on the side, as do the blackened B-pillars and OVRMs.
As well as more space, there is plenty of new age technology throughout the interior including the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and the 11.9-inch touchscreen infotainment system borrowed directly from the S-Class.
The infotainment functions can now also be operated by touch-sensitive pads on the steering wheel while there’s also a biometric fingerprint scanner that could store data about 3 individuals for customised experience.
The touchscreen infotainment system also features ‘Hey Mercedes’ connected car technology while other features include sunroof, wireless charging, heated steering wheel, and Nappa leather upholstery.
Customers can also choose among 3 interior colours – Macchiato Beige, Sienna Brown, and Black, matched with either pored wood trim and aluminum inserts, or a metal weave trim.
The C200 comes powered by a 1.5 litre 4-cylinder petrol engine that puts out 201 HP and 300 Nm while the C220d and C300d are powered by the familiar 2-litre 4-cylinder diesel engine with each variant getting a different state of tune.
In the C220d, the engine puts out 197 HP and 440 Nm while on the C300, it puts out 261 HP and 550 Nm. Both the engines are aided by mild hybrid tech enabling an additional boost of 20 HP and 200 Nm when required.
Both the engines are mated to a 9-speed automatic with the C200 and C220d hitting the ton in 7.3 seconds while the top-of-the-line C300d achieving it a tad quicker at 5.7 seconds.
The 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class rivals the competitors – Volvo S60, Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, and Jaguar XE.
2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Price:
Variant & Price
C200 Rs. 55 lakhs
C220d Rs. 56 lakhs
C300d Rs. 61 lakhs
All prices, ex-showroom