Mercedes Benz India has launched the all-new, fourth generation C-Class luxury sedan. The W205 C-Class was first unwrapped last year and the car has finally arrived into India, a key market for the German luxury car brand. The W205 C-Class sedan that Mercedes Benz has introduced here is the petrol powered version, with the diesel powered model to follow shortly. The car uses a 2 liter petrol engine and is sold under the 200 CGI moniker. The car is priced at 40.9 lakh rupees, ex-showroom Delhi.
The 2 liter petrol motor on the W205 C-Class makes 181 Bhp of peak power and 300 Nm of peak torque. A 7 speed automatic gearbox comes mated to this petrol motor. The petrol powered C-Class gets a top speed rating of 235 Kph while the 0-100 Kph run is dispatched in a quick 7.3 seconds. Like all generations of the C-Class sedan, the latest, W205 version also takes inspiration from the S-Class, in this case the W222 saloon. With a sharply raked, coupe like rear, the W205 C-Class looks the part of a baby S-Class.
In terms of dimensions, the W205 C-Class is larger than the outgoing model yet lighter. The lightness is courtesy a aluminium-steel construction, which reduces kerb weight by a full 100 kilograms. Improvements all around, in terms of performance, fuel efficiency and tail pipe emissions, are direct consequences of this reduced kerb weight. The diesel powered variant of the Mercedes Benz C-Class uses the familiar 2.2 liter-4 cylinder unit, a long time staple on the sedan range. The motor makes 168 Bhp-400 Nm, and will soon get a higher state of tune – 204 Bhp-500 Nm.
Like the petrol motor, the diesel engine drives the rear wheels of the W205 C-Class by means of a 7 speed automatic transmission. The diesel variants of the C-Class will be introduced in March 2015. A revised COMAND infotainment interface and a bevy of new safety aids, many of them inspired by the ones on the W222 S-Class, have made it to the W205 C-Class sedan. The W205 C-Class will continue to take the CKD kit approach into India with assembly taking place at Mercedes Benz’s Chakan factory.