Mercedes-Benz C-class has received a mid-life update at the Geneva motor show in the year starting and now, less than seven months later, the information about the India launch on Sep 20, 2018, has out. From the exterior detailing, it has a resemblance with the new designs for the bumpers and alloy wheels. Coming to the update, it has new LED headlights and a new LED pattern to the tail-lights.
Coming to the inside, it has a 10.25-inch high-resolution screen, a 12.3-inch digital instrument console, new-design steering wheel, COMAND infotainment system and the dual touchpad control system as seen on the S-class facelift and E-class. The updates seem minor but the company has put much of efforts in order to refresh this range and included a new engine as well.
The range is expected to begin with the C 200, but rather than a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine, it will come with a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol powertrain. The reduced size of the car will not affect the power output as the smaller engine will deliver the same 184hp of power similar to the 2.0-litre engine and generates a peak torque of 280Nm, which is only 20Nm less in number than the outgoing motor.
The diesel engine will get the new 2.0-litre, four-cylinder motor that was first launched on the E 220d, but similar to the pre-facelift C-class, it will come with the two states of tune. The C 220d will generate an output of 194hp/400Nm like the E 220d, whereas the twin-turbo C 300d will get a 2.0-litre OM654 producing 245hp of power.
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Both diesel powertrain will come following BS-VI norms. Further, all variants of the updated C-class will obtain a new 9-speed, 9G-Tronic auto box taking the place of the old 7G-Tronic unit. The C-class facelift is expected to price a lakh or more as compared to the outgoing model. The C 200 is expected to be available at Rs 41 lakh, whereas the C 300d is at Rs. 47 lakh in ex-showroom.