Mercedes-Benz has launched the fifth-generation C-Class in the Indian market with a starting price of Rs 55 lakh. The new-generation C-Class sedan gets exterior and interior design similar to the flagship S-Class sedan. Plus, for the first time, it gets mild-hybrid powertrain options across the range.
- New Mercedes-Benz C-class prices start at Rs 55 lakh
- C200 petrol comes with a 1.5-litre engine good for 204hp
- C300d gets a 265hp 2.0-litre diesel; priced at Rs 61 lakh
New Mercedes-Benz C-Class: two diesel and one petrol engine options
Mercedes-Benz is offering the new C-Class with two diesel and one petrol engine options. The entry-level C200 petrol variant comes with a new 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine that churns out 204hp and 300Nm. This unit replaces the 2.0-litre engine from the outgoing model.
The C-Class diesel line-up for India starts with a C220d that is priced at Rs 56 lakh; it comes with a 200hp, 440Nm diesel engine. The top-spec C300d comes with the same powerplant, but with a healthy 265hp, 440Nm on tap and is priced at Rs 61 lakh.
The C200 and C220d variants of the new C-Class will be available in Avantgarde line, while the C300d will be available in a sportier AMG-line. The latter comes equipped with AMG-spec bumpers, a sportier grille and different alloy wheel design.
The C200 and C220d will be available in six exterior colour options – Salatine Grey, Mojave Silver, High-tech Silver, Manufaktur Opalite White, Cavansite Blue and Obsidian Black. Meanwhile, the C300d will be only available in the last three.
All three engines come mated to a 9-speed automatic gearbox as standard, and also get a 48V mild-hybrid tech with integrated starter generator (ISG) system that provides an additional 20hp and up to 200Nm of torque. Mercedes-Benz India claims a fuel economy of 16.9kpl for the C200 and 23kpl for the C220d, which makes the latter the most fuel-efficient Mercedes in India. As for performance, the brand claims a 0-100kph sprint time of 7.3 seconds for the C200 and C220d variants, while the C300d can do the same in 5.7 seconds.
2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: design and variant details
The new W206 C-Class follows the design language of the A-Class, E-Class and S-
While the external proportions of the C-Class remain the same, Mercedes has given the new C-Class a completely new exterior and interior design. Those include prominent ‘power bulges’ on the hood, a revised glasshouse that has been moved slightly farther back to give it a cab-rearwards design and creases and character lines have been kept to a minimum, primarily to highlight the prominent shoulder line.
2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: interior and features
Even on the inside, the C-Class is heavily inspired by the S-Class as evident from the portrait-orientated, tablet-style 11.9-inch central touchscreen. It uses Mercedes’ second-generation MBUX infotainment software, complete with connected car tech and voice assistant. It also comes with biometric authentication via fingerprint or voice,to access personalised data and media.
The screen is angled slightly towards the driver for ease of use and visibility on the move. A high-definition floating LCD digital instrument display and a new multi-spoke steering wheel are also similar to the ones on the new S-Class.
The C-class gets unique jet engine-inspired air vents, and the gear shifter and rotary dial have been removed, giving the centre console a very minimalist and clean look. Most infotainment functions are now operated via touch-sensitive pads on the steering wheel.
Other standout features on the new C-Class include dual-zone climate control, dual-pane sunroof, wireless charging, powered front seats and steering adjust and Mercedes’ Digital Lights headlamps (C300d).
The C-Class will be available with three interior colour options – Macchiato Beige, Sienna Brown and Black – paired with either open-pore wood trim with aluminium inserts or a metal weave trim, depending on the variant.