Dubbed the ‘baby S’, the new C-Class significantly ups the game over that of its predecessor.
The C-Class is one of the most important cars in Mercedes-Benz’s line-up, and while all previous generations of the C have seen great success in India, none have been as revolutionary as this W206 generation. Mercedes has launched the new C-Class in three variants, with prices starting at Rs 55 lakh.
In terms of design, the W206 C-Class looks nothing like the W205 and draws inspiration from the bigger S-Class. The swooping tail, sharp front-end, and strong character lines as seen on the S make their appearance here too.
Inside, the new C-Class is even more revolutionary, with a massive 11.9-inch infotainment screen, a digital instrument cluster, and even a Burmester 3D sound system (in the higher-spec variants). The new C-Class makes a big departure from the outgoing one and sets the new benchmark in the segment in terms of cabin quality.
The new C-Class can be had with one of three powertrains – the C200 petrol unit, C220d diesel engine, and range-topping C300d diesel mill. The C200 makes 201bhp and 300Nm, while the C220d makes 197bhp and 440Nm. The C300d, on the other hand, makes 261bhp and 550Nm, which ensures a fairly quick 0 to 100km/h time of 5.7 seconds. All three engines are mated to a 48-volt mild-hybrid system, which can add up to 20bhp and 200Nm in short bursts.
In terms of pricing, the C200 starts at Rs 55 lakh, the C220d costs Rs 56 lakh, and the C300d will set you back by Rs 61 lakh. In comparison, the BMW 3 Series is priced between Rs 46.9 and 52.9 lakh, the 3 Series Gran Limousine costs between Rs 54.5 lakh and Rs 56.9 lakh, and the Audi A4 ranges from Rs 40.49 lakh to Rs 48.99 lakh.