Mercedes Benz C-Class Relaunch
Mercedes-Benz India has officially been launched as a new strike on the compact luxury sedan segment. Its revitalised, 2018 C-Class sedan is on sale in India now at the starting price of ₹ 40 lakh (ex-showroom, India). Presently only the diesel version is on offer and it is available in three variants – C 220 d Prime C 220 d Progressive, and C 300 d AMG Line; the latter two are priced at ₹ 44.25 lakh and ₹ 48.50 lakh (ex-showroom, India) respectively. The current-gen C-Class (W205) which was launched in 2014, has got an appraisal after four years.
Actually, there are very few design changes but the striking new diamond-studded grille stands out. It is flanked with new LED headlamp sets, whereas the bumper design has also been revised. The car runs on remodelled 17-inch alloys with the choice to upsize to 18-inch. Along with finer looking LED tail lamps, the rear bumper has also got a new look.
Interior and features
The C-Class interior takes the creative idea from the S-Class and Mercedes has banked on the high-class feel to full effect. There are the customary wood inlays and options to choose colour and material selection. There comes a new start-stop button along with new seats on the C-Class. These options have fully adjustable seats with lumbar and bolsters that are adjustable with massages also being offered.
In the interior, the 12.3-inch colour instrument cluster display as a few changes and can be customised to show three layouts: Classic, Sport and Progressive. A new 10.25-inch display on the centre console is another addition. The car carries standard features like CarPlay, Android Auto, panoramic sunroof, dual zone climate control, active park assist, wireless phone charging, Apple. Seven airbags, attention assist and adaptive braking make up the Safety features.
The main modification is under the hood, with the introduction of new BS-VI compliant engines; for the C 220 d diesel engine. It is also available with a new 2.0-litre diesel motor that makes 194 PS and 440Nm of torque. It switches the previous 2.0-litre unit that made 170PS and 400Nm of torque.
According to the hardware terms, the new four-cylinder also uses the new conical sharpening process for the cylinder walls that unlocks the cylinder bore up towards the bottom ever so slightly, to cut friction at the piston skirt.
Head Lamp Alterations
The new flexible LED headlamps are known as MultiBeam LED by Mercedes-Benz. They comprise of HighBeam Assist Plus which reads inbound traffic to avoid blinding anyone while retaining long-distance brightness. At over 40kmph, with no approaching traffic, the car turns on Ultra Range, the strongest mode.
New Gliding Mode
The ‘gliding mode’ is all-new; the engine cruises or halts when down-hill to reserve fuel and revive the batteries. Primary reviews indicate that the engine resumes when required and it is so developed that you never feel the significant signs of its restarting due to the belt-drive motor/generator.
Mercedes Benz VP Says
Talking about the transformed car, Michael Jopp, Vice President, Sales & Marketing Mercedes-Benz India said, “This model update is the biggest in the history of the C-Class. In total, we have changed some 6,500 components, more than half the number of components in an average C-Class sedan. The C-Class we launched today is the sportiest and most dynamic of all time and it perfectly underlines its positioning of ‘Never Stop Improving’. The new C-Class is loaded with a variety of technologies and features that enhance driving pleasure, and offer unmatched luxury. We are confident that these enhancements will add a dash of athleticism and uniqueness to one of the most popular models in Mercedes-Benz’s rich product portfolio.”