German luxury car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz had promised it would launch 15 new products for Indian market. So far, they have launched their CLA-Class in India on 22nd of January, 2015. They have now decided to launch another premium car in India.
On 11th of February, 2015, Mercedes-Benz India will be introducing the diesel variant of the C-Class. The German manufacturer had launched its all new C-Class for India in November itself. They had, however, only launched the petrol powered vehicles and scheduled the diesel for a later date.
The German engineers are expected to provide a 2.2-litre diesel mill under the hood. This four cylinder mill will be capable of generating 170 bhp, along with 400 Nm of peak torque output. It will be paired to Mercedes-Benz's popular 7-speed automatic gearbox (7G-TRONIC).
The new C-Class diesel will be launched in India as a Completely Built Unit(CBU). It will be later on during the year locally assembled and will be offered as Completely Knocked Down(CKD) unit. Pricing currently is expected to be higher than its petrol sibling, however, expect competitive pricing against fellow German manufacturers.
Currently Mercedes-Benz will provide both petrol and diesel versions of C-Class only as Completely Built Units. They have promised to begin local assembly of the vehicle but will only commence it around the end of 2015.
Once new C-Class diesel is launched in India, it will compete with compatriots Audi and BMW. The A4 and 3-Series will give the 2015 C-Class a tough time, however, pricing is key for Mercedes-Benz and they rarely go wrong. The petrol powered C-Class costs INR 40,90,000 ex-showroom, Delhi, and the diesel variant will be priced significantly higher.