Mercedes-Benz India unveils 5th Gen C-Class, says 2022 will be company’s best year, Auto News, ET Auto

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5th Generation Mercedes-Benz India C-Class

New Delhi: German luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz India on Wednesday unveiled its 5th generation C-Class sedan, which will be launched in the country on May 10.

The model comes in three line variants C200, C220d and AMG C300d. All variants come with 48V mild hybrid Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) technology.

The C200 gets a 1.5-litre petrol engine generating 204 hp and 300 Nm of torque. The C220d gets a 2.0-litre diesel engine generating 200 hp and 440 Nm of torque. C300d gets a 2.0 liter diesel engine and can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds.

The automaker’s C200 and C220d score a claimed fuel efficiency of 16.9 kmpl and 23 kmpl respectively. The C300d achieves an ARAI fuel efficiency rating of 20.37 kmpl.

Some of the C-Class features include the latest generation MBUX NTG 7.0, biometric fingerprint and voice authentication, over-the-air updates, car-to-x communication, among others.

The interior design of the C-Class is inspired by that of the S-Class. The C200 and C220d are available in six colors while the C300d is offered in three colors.

Mercedes-Benz India Unveils 5th Generation C-Class, Says 2022 Will Be Company's Best Year
Martin SchwenkCEO and CEO, Mercedes Benz India said: “Currently we have an order bank of over 5,000 car reservations. The waiting period varies from 2 to 12 months.

“We are seeing a clear shift of Indian consumers towards high-end luxury goods cars. The luxury car market in the country is maturing. Over the years, the average luxury car buyer has grown to 35 now. About 48% of C-Class buyers are new buyers, while 52% are existing Mercedes Benz customers,” he said.

Mercedes-Benz India Unveils 5th Generation C-Class, Says 2022 Will Be Company's Best Year
Schwenk added that 2022 will be the best year ever for Mercedes-Benz in India.

Mercedes-Benz launched its first C-Class W-203 in India in 2001. Since then, it has sold 37,000 units of the model in the country.

The company sold 4,022 vehicles in the January-March 2022 quarter, marking a 26% growth in sales compared to the corresponding quarter of 2021.

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“In this difficult environment, resilience and pricing power are crucial. Our increased focus on desirable premium and electric vehicles, combined with continued cost discipline, has allowed us to generate strong earnings despite many headwinds,” said Harald Wilhelm, Chief Financial Officer of Mercedes-Benz Group AG.

The main levers to achieve this goal include: electrification of the vehicle fleet, charging with green energy, improvement of battery technology, intensive use of recycled materials and renewable energies in production , the company said.

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