Mercedes-Benz C 250d launched in India; gets class-leading 204 hp diesel engine mated to the segment-first 9G-TRONIC automatic gearbox
Mercedes-Benz India has launched the new model in the C Class mid-size luxury sedan range dubbed as C 250d yesterday which will be locally produced at the company’s manufacturing base in Chakan, Pune to meet increasing demands of the popular model. The C 250d comes as part of the German brand’s push to strengthen its position as the leading luxury car maker in the country.
It sets the benchmark by being the powerful model in its class and as C Class being the best-selling range, Mercedes has decided to introduce nine-speed 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission in the segment through the C 250d. Priced at Rs.44.36 lakh (ex-showroom, Pune), the c 250d is economical as well as eco-friendly.
The C 250d, awarded as the ‘World Car of the Year’, will join the C 200 and C 220d variants in the C Class product line-up. It emits 30% below the regulated NOx limits and 60% below the stipulated particulate matter limit claims Mercedes-Benz. The fuel efficiency is said to be at a healthy 19.71 km per litre.
The Mercedes-Benz C 250d gets power from an inline, four-cylinder, 2,143 cc diesel engine which develops 204 hp of maximum power output at 3,800 rpm and 500 Nm of peak torque between 1600 and 1800 rpm. It comes linked with a 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission driving the rear wheels. This is about 27 hp and 120 Nm more than the Audi A4 35 TDI and 14 hp/100 Nm powerful than the BMW 320d M Sport.
Riding on set of 17-inch five-twin spoke alloy wheels painted in Vanadium Silver finish, the increase in power and torque figure meant that the all-new C 250d is more than four lakhs costlier than the aforementioned rivals. Despite having ECO start/stop function for better efficiency, the luxury sedan can sprint from 0 to 100 kmph in just 6.6 seconds and can top-out an electronically limited speed of 247 kmph.
Besides the mechanical prowess, the C 250d features LED Intelligent Light System – adjusts headlamps automatically depending on road and weather conditions – and Garmin MAP PILOT as standard. It gets panoramic sliding sunroof, seven-inch multimedia touchscreen infotainment system with standard Solar (amber), Polar (ice blue) and Neutral (white) ambient lighting.
The other intelligent assistance systems offered in the all-new C 250d are reversing camera with 180° view, Attention Assist and Active Parking Assist with PARKTRONIC. The safety equipment made available in the C 250d are ABS, BAS, ESP, ASR, Hill Start Assist, belt tensioners for driver and front passenger seats, etc.