Mercedes-Benz has launched the W205, next-generation C-Class in India at Rs. 40.90 lakh for the C 200 Avantgarde variant. (Ex-showroom Delhi).
Initially slated for launch at a later stage, the CKD kits for the previous generation C-Class were exhausted and hence, Mercedes had to drive in the latest model earlier than planned. However, the Indian debut still happens 11 months after it made its world premiere at the Detroit Motor Show.
The car will be available in 5 exterior body colours – Blue, brown, white, silver and black.
The W205 is built on a new lightweight modular MRA (Mercedes Rear-drive Architecture) platform.
Exterior design of the car is in sync with the latest generation S-Class and features a lot of curves, unlike the outgoing model.
- Twin slat chrome grille with a big ‘Three Pointed Star’
- LED headlamps with cornering function
- LED tail lamps
- 17″ alloy wheels
- Dual exhaust tips in chrome
- Engine start / stop button
- 8.4″ infotainment screen
- Touchpad for the infotainment system
- 13-speaker Burmester audio system
- 3-zone climate control
- Panaromic sunroof
- Ambient lighting with 3 colour options
- Reversing camera
- Illuminated door sills
- Safety:PRE-SAFE, BAS, ESP, ASR, 7 airbags, Electric parking brake, Hill start assist, etc.
Initially brought in as a CBU, the new C-Class will be available only in a petrol C 200 BlueEFFICIENCY variant. The engine is a in-line 4-cylinder, 2.0L, petrol motor producing 181 BHP of power @ 1,200-1,400 RPM and 300 Nm of torque @ 1,200-1,400 RPM. Engine is mated to a 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic gearbox. The car gets 5 driving modes with the ‘Agility Select’ such as economy, comfort, sport, sport+ and individual.
The diesel variant of the new W205 C-Class is expected in early-2015.
Local assembly of the new C-Class will begin only in 2015 with the launch of the C 200 CDI (diesel) variant which is expected to be more popular, and cheaper.