2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class launch highlights: The Baby S takes fresh new aim
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A look at the pricing of C-Class vs 3 Series vs A4
The BMW 3 Series starts at ₹46.84 lakh for the 330i Sport and goes up to ₹65.88 lakh for the range-topping M340i XDrive. The 320d Luxury Edition with its diesel engine is priced at ₹50.87 lakh.
The more premium BMW 3 Series Gran Limousine starts at ₹54.48 lakh for the 330i Luxury Line with the 2.0-litre petrol motor while the range-topping 330 Li M Sport First Edition is priced at ₹56.87 lakh.
The Audi A4 is the most affordable of the three options here. It starts at ₹40.49 lakh for the A4 Premium and goes up to ₹48.99 lakh for the Technology variant. Do note that all prices mentioned above are ex-showroom and subject to change.
The new C-Class from Mercedes has a starting price of ₹55 lakh for the C 200 and it goes up to ₹61 lakh (ex showroom prices) for the range-topping C 300d with AMG line styling.
Martin Schwenk, MD and CEO at Mercedes-Benz India says…
"Cars have evolved over the years and in the luxury space, high-tech features have become a key differentiation point."
Mercedes C-Class launch event gets underway
The Germans are continuing to highlight comfort that the new C-Class offers but having driven the sedan recently, we feel that its true strengths lies in the ultra premium cabin and the whole lot of technology on offer.
How will Mercedes likely price the new C-Class
There's a whole lot that is new, a whole lot that's great in the new C-Class. But expect Mercedes to command a premium price. We think the new C-Class is likely to start at around ₹60 lakh (ex showroom).
The C 200 has a petrol motor at its heart which produces 204 hp and offers 300 Nm of torque. The figures go up to 170 hp and up to 500 Nm with the 48V battery.
The C 220d has a diesel engine which produces 200 p and offers 400 Nm of torque. With battery power, these figures rise to around 220 hp and 600 Nm.
If diesel is your choice, the C 300d could well stand out and that's not just because of its styling. The motor offers 265 hp and 550 Nm of torque. The figures rise with the 48V battery. As such, it can fire to 100 kmph in just 5.7 seconds.
Mercedes C-Class first-drive review:
2022 C-Class dimensions
The latest C-Class has gone up in length by 65 mm to 4,751 mm. Its wheelbase too has seen a 25 mm increase to 2,865 mm while the car is 1,820 mm wide.
C-Class in three variants
The Mercedes C-Class is being made available in three variants - C 200, C 220d and C 300d.
Did you know?
The average age of a C-Class buyer in India is now at 35 years.And Mercedes is looking to impress the younger lot with a plethora of in-car features.
C for Cool. C for Comfort. C for C-Class
Mercedes is betting big on the updated looks of the C-Class, plus the comfort quotient in the cabin to appeal to prospective buyers. There is a massive in-car tech update as well.
Why is the C-Class so special?
For long, the C-Class has been the window into the world of luxury, Mercedes style. While the A-Class Limousine launched early 2021 is now the entry-level sedan model from the company, it is still the C-Class that forms the more solid baseline for the Mercedes sedan lineup.
Sedans vs SUVs
Mercedes is continuing to bet big on its sedan models. And there is good reason for it. The company says 48% of all its India sales comes through sedans with models like the C-Class, E-Class and even the S-Class faring well.