Mercedes-Benz India has launched the new-generation C-Class, priced at Rs 55 lakhs, Rs 56 lakhs for the C 220d and up to Rs 61 lakhs for the top-spec C 300d variant. The C-Class has been on sale in India since 2001 and is the 5th generation (W206) model to arrive in India after its global debut in early 2021. Till date, Mercedes has sold over 37,000 units of the Si-. Class in India and undoubtedly expect the new C to be a volume spinner for the company as well. Mercedes has started assembling the new C-Class at its plant in Chakan, Maharashtra and pre-bookings have also started for the luxury sedan.
2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Engine Options
Mercedes will offer three engines on the new Si – a 1.5-litre turbo petrol and a 2.0-litre diesel engine in two states. In addition, all three engine options get an Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) with EQ Boost, which churns out a significant 15 bhp of extra power and up to 200 Nm of additional torque. Mercedes says that the C 220d in particular is one of its most fuel efficient cars, claiming a mileage of 23 kmpl. For its size, the C 200 petrol also offers an impressive 16.9 kmpl, while the C 300d gets a claimed fuel efficiency of 20.37 kmpl. Complete specifications given in the table below.
|Specifications||C 200 (Petrol)||C 220d (Diesel)||C 300d (Diesel)|
|displacement||1,496 cc||1,993 cc||1,993 cc|
|Power||201 bhp 5,800 – 6,100 rpm||197 bhp at 3,600 rpm||261 bhp at 4,200 rpm|
|Torque:||1,800 – 4,000 rpm . at 300 Nm||1,800 – 2,800 rpm . at 440 nm||1,800 – 2,200 rpm . at 550 Nm|
|Claimed Mileage||16.9 kmpl||23 kmpl||20.37 kmpl|
|0-100 kmph||7.3 seconds||7.3 seconds||5.7 seconds|
|top speed||246 kmph||245 kmph||250 kmph|
|cost||₹ 55 lakh||₹ 56 lakh||₹ 61 lakh|
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2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Styling
Our time spent with the new generation Si impressed us, especially as Mercedes used its ‘sensual purity’ design language on the car. The exterior, in particular, works very well, with the pulled-back cab-rearward design, power bulges on the bonnet and AMG trim on the C 300d making it the sportiest of the Avant Garde line on the C 200 and C 220d, The most attractive model of the C-Class yet. In terms of dimensions, the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class gets wider by 10 mm, wheelbase increases by 25 mm, between the front and rear seats by 21 mm. The overall length of the sedan increases by 65 mm.
2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabin & Tech
Along with the exterior design, the S-Class inspired themes are more evident on the inside. The highlight is the new 11.9-inch vertical touchscreen which gets the latest generation of MBUX based on the NTG7. It is a connected car, along with a slew of ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) features such as Active Brake Assist and Active Parking Assist. The new Si also gets a feature called ‘Cars-to-X’, which is similar to a cars social network where Mercedes cars with MBUX can communicate with each other and share information on a real-time basis. Huh. The top-spec C 300d also gets Mercedes’ smart digital lights that use up to 1.3 million pixels for lighting and can be configured according to the direction of the traffic.
Like most modern premium cars, the touchscreen houses almost all of the car controls and, therefore, gives the dashboard a clean, refined look. Another highlight is the HD instrument panel, which houses various themes and settings. Touchpad controls on the steering are now more flush. You get a Burmester sound system, ambient lighting, a connected car telematics suite that works with the Mercedes Me app, wireless charging, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and Alexa or Google Home integration. Note, that some of these may only be available on the C 300d.
However the new C is missing some features. The car lacks ventilated seats, missing rear AC controls and rear passengers don’t get USB chargers, though there are two in the elbow box and one on the dashboard. The new C-Class goes up against established rivals like Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Jaguar XE and Volvo S60.