The entry-level Mercedes Benz E 220d variant gets power from a 2.0-litre diesel engine making 191 bhp and 400 Nm peak torque
Mercedes-Benz India has entered a new diesel variant into the recently launched E-Class in India today. The entry-level diesel variant dubbed E 220d will make the luxury sedan more accessible to customers and will play a key role in the volume prospects of the highly advanced model.
Priced at Rs. 57.14 lakh (ex-showroom, Pune), it is more than Rs. 12 lakh cheaper than the 350d and just a lakh costlier than the base E 200 petrol. The German automaker took us aback when India was chosen as the first right-hand-drive market for the extended wheelbase version of the E-Class. Launched following its success in China earlier this year, it is available in two different variants namely the E 200 petrol and the E 350 d V6 diesel.
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This allows for the E 220d to be the second diesel variant in the lineup. Power source is the 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel motor which is good enough to put out 191 bhp and 400 Nm of peak torque. We earlier suspected that this engine would arrive in India soon and were absolutely right.
The diesel mill is connected to a nine-speed automatic transmission sending power to the wheels. No manual gearbox will be on offer from the new and highly promising variant. The same engine is available in the international markets since the new generation model was revealed and effectively replaced the 2.1-litre mill.
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The reason for delayed entry of the base E 220d is due to the conversion time that took to downgrade the power unit from Euro VI to BS-IV emission compliance. The new diesel engine is said to be a lot cleaner and more fuel efficient. Three months ago, Mercedes introduced the E-Class with a V6 diesel engine making 258 horsepower.
It may act as a perfect alternative for people seeking a diesel variant instead of the petrol. On the hindsight, the new 2.0-litre diesel could be strapped with other products in the Mercedes range in the near future as well to avoid any potential restrictions from the government.
As for the exterior, there will be no changes apart from the badge variation on the boot lid and different alloy wheel design. The new E-Class gets sharp headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lights, aggressive front grille with plenty of chrome garnishing and revised bumper incorporating large air intake up front. Besides, there is the curved roofline, wraparound LED taillights with chrome strip in between, twin exhausts with chrome finishing, etc.
By being an entry-level variant, it lacks on techs like air suspension, 360 degree camera, the Burmester audio and front seat memory function. The upholstery design is different though, so has the wood grain and most importantly the cabin at the back does carry on with the reclining rear seats. Customers will get access to main features such as LED headlights, ambient lighting, panoramic sunroof, triple-zone auto climate control system, reverse parking camera, as much as seven airbags, ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) and ESC (Electronic Stability Control).