Mercedes-Benz India has made it official that it would launch the diesel variant of the 2015 C-Class sedan on February 11, 2015 in the country. Being christened as 'C220 CDI', it would be sold via CBU route initially. However, the company would assemble it locally at its Chakan production facility in Pune at some later stage. The petrol variant of C-Class, launched in November 2014, also comes via CBU route.
The C-Class diesel would be quite attractive in terms of exterior appearance and even more luxurious and comfortable inside the cabin. There has been immense demand for the diesel variant of C-Class all across the globe, rising beyond company's expectation, and it has forced it to turn to the CBU route, before finally manufacturing it locally at Chakan plant. Mercedes-Benz C-Class diesel would lock horns directly with the BMW 320d, Audi A4 2.0 TDI, and Volvo S60 D4, while expected to come around at a price tag of Rs 40 Lakhs (Ex. Showroom). 2015 C-Class petrol variant comes at a sticker price of Rs 40.9 Lakhs (Ex. Showroom, Delhi).
Mechanically, Mercedes-Benz C220 CDI would be powered by a 2.2L diesel engine which would generate a maximum power of 170bhp and 400Nm of peak torque. It would be linked to a 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission, which would transmit the power to the rear wheels of the sedan. It would propel the 2015 C-Class to touch the 100 kmph mark from standstill in a mere 7.4 seconds, while clocking an electronically limited top speed of 233 kmph.