Mercedes Benz has just launched the W205 C-Class Diesel luxury sedan in India. The C-Class Diesel has followed its petrol powered sibling, which was launched in late 2014, into the country. The diesel powered W205 C-Class is priced at 39.9 lakh rupees for the Style variant and 42.9 lakh rupees for the Avantgarde variant, with both prices reflecting ex-showroom Delhi figures. The car’s high price has to do with Mercedes Benz’s conscious decision to go with a higher positioning for the C, as the lower priced CLA now positioned as the German luxury marque’s least priced sedan.
Meanwhile, CKD assembly of the C-Class’ petrol variant has just commenced. The car is put together at Mercedes Benz’s Chakan assembly unit, near Pune. However, prices are staying firm as the current pricing is more strategic than it is expedient. This is how it’ll pan out with the C-Class Diesel as well, as and when the car hits the CKD assembly circuit. The diesel variant of the car uses a 2.2 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged engine with 168 Bhp-400 Nm outputs. Making its India entry in C220 CDI guise, the diesel powered car use a 7 speed torque converter automatic gearbox that drives the rear wheels. Lighter and larger than before, the extensive use of aluminium has also made the W205 C-Class a very perky performer.
A 233 Kph top speed with the o-1oo Kph run in 7.4 seconds make for performance figures. Since we’re talking diesels here, fuel efficiency is the bigger draw, with the C-Class Diesel managing to go an ARAI certified 19.27 Kmpl. Luxury cars in India are predominantly diesel powered, mainly for the large monthly distances that they do. Diesel’s inherent fuel efficiency and torquey performance lower down the rev range makes a bunch of sense in India, a country where average speeds in traffic are quite low. On the other hands, petrol powered luxury cars that gulp fuel instead of sipping form a small minority when it comes to sales numbers, with the enthusiast brigade being the primary buyers.
The diesel powered version of the W205 C-Class packs in all the goodies that are on offer in the petrol powered model. Looks wise, the only difference between the cars involve the badging. Designed to look like a baby S-Class, the new C-Class is long, low and gets a coupe-like roofline. It’s indeed a looker that will turn its share of heads on roads. For the performance minded, Mercedes Benz offers the W205 C-Class with a 2.0 liter petrol motor that makes 181 Bhp-300 Nm. Like its diesel powered sibling, the petrol version of the C uses a 7 speed automatic gearbox and a rear wheel drive layout.