German automaker Mercedes-Benz recently launched the tenth-generation E-class for the first time in India. The E-class comes with two engines option; E 200 petrol and E 350 diesel, priced at Rs 56.70 lakh and Rs 70.15 lakh respectively.
The manufacturer is now readying a base diesel version which offers practicality without compromising on luxury and refinement. Mercedes-Benz India will be offering the new E 220d as the base diesel variant.
The E 220d will be aggressively priced and will go on sale around June 2017. We can expect Mercedes to price it around Rs 60 lakh and will likely become the most popular variant in the E-class range.
Powering the model will be an all-new 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine that generates 194bhp of power and 400Nm of torque. Mercedes will have to downgrade the 2.0-litre diesel motor that is designed for EuroVI emissions, to run on locally available BSIV diesel.
According to a Mercedes-Benz engineer, "It's such a waste of engineering resource and a step backward." The 2,143cc diesel motor which powered the previous generation E-class was easier to tune to BSIV emissions, unlike the new, high-tech 1,995cc diesel, which is designed for global emission standard.