Last week, Mercedes-Benz launched the C-Class facelift in India with prices starting from Rs 40.0 lakh (ex-showroom India) for the C 220d Prime variant. It is available in two 220d variants – Prime and Progressive (Rs 44.25 lakh) – and one 300d (Rs 48.50 lakh) variant, which is exclusively available with AMG Line trim.
Currently, all C-Class variants available in India feature a diesel powertrain. So does the fact that there’s no petrol version on sale yet disappoint you? Don’t be.
On the launch day, Mercedes revealed that the company will be bringing the C 200 petrol variant in India in 2019. Although the timeline hasn’t yet been confirmed, one thing is certain that the petrol variant will come with a BSIV engine. How do we know that? Well, it’s simple math. Mercedes has already introduced BSVI-ready diesel engines which can run on BSIV fuel.
The petrol engine, however, has not been optimised for BSVI yet. In conclusion, the C 200 petrol coming next year will have the BSIV engine and will not be the new 1.5-litre unit that conforms with BSVI emission norms.
The biggest change in the new C-Class is the engines. The old 2.1-litre motor has been done away with and has been replaced by the same 2.0-litre motor that powers the E-Class LWB.
It makes 245PS of max power and 500Nm of torque in the C 300d, while the 220d variants get the 194PS/440Nm tune. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class competes with the likes of the BMW 3-Series, Audi A4, Jaguar XE and the upcoming Volvo S60.