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Earlier when Mercedes launched the C-Class petrol version the company had announced that the diesel variant will follow soon and here it is. The diesel variants of the new C-Class have been imported as CBUs (completely built units) for now. Having said that, the plans to produce locally assembled models is likely to happen in near future. Besides, Mercedes-Benz said it has commenced the local production of the new-generation C-Class petrol at its Chakan plant. Also Read - Max Verstappen Beats Lewis Hamilton to Take Pole Position For Bahrain GP
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“With the launch of the C 220 CDI we now present the complete portfolio of the new generation C-Class to our Indian customers,” Mercedes-Benz India Managing Director & CEO, Eberhard Kern said. The commencement of local production of the new C 200 Avantgarde petrol within three months of its India debut, reiterates the company's commitment of providing customers fascinating products which are made in India, he added.
On the design front, The C-Class diesel looks the same as its petrol cousin but it gets a four-cylinder diesel engine which is the most fuel efficient in the segment with economy figures of 19.27 kmpl (ARAI). As for the fuel tank capacity the C220 diesel comes with a massive 66-litre tank.
As for the interiors the new C-Class C220 diesel features exclusive seats covered with full ARTICO leather built with high-strength steels and intelligent lightweight construction. Mercedes-Benz’s newly designed seat cushions furthermore enhance the comfort for the rear-seat passengers who also enjoy the additional legroom and knee room offered by the C220.
Coming to its powerhouse, under the hood you can see a 2.2-litre CDi, 4-cylinder, diesel engine with the capability to produce 170 PS of peek power and 400 Nm of peek torque. The engine is mated to the 7G-Tronic seven-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox that is somewhat of a standard feature in all Mercedes-Benz cars now. The engine also features a ECO start/stop function which helps in saving fuel and reduces emissions.
Mercedes-Benz has raised the manufacturing capacity of its Chakan plant to 20,000 units annually and production will commence from the newly constructed facility in 2015. The plant currently produces five models – C-Class, E-Class, S-Class, ML-Class and GL-Class.
(With Inputs form PTI)