Mercedes-Benz India has silently launched a petrol version of the recently introduced 2018 C-Class facelift. Priced at ₹ 43.46 lakh (ex-showroom, India) the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class petrol - the C200 - only comes in one trim, Progressive, and shares its features list with its diesel counterpart, the C220d. While the company hasn't officially announced the launch of the car, Mercedes-Benz dealers have confirmed that the car is on sale and deliveries will start sometime in early January 2019. The biggest change, however, is that the new facelifted C-Class petrol is powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine.
The new 1.5-litre engine powering the Mercedes-Benz C200 is a four-cylinder unit that produces 181 bhp at 5,800-6,100 rpm and develops 280 Nm of peak torque at 3,000-4,000 rpm. The highlight here is that the C200 comes paired with what Mercedes calls the 'EQ Boost' - a mild-hybrid system that comes with a 48-volt electric motor which offers an additional 16 bhp and 160 Nm of torque. Transmission duties, however, will continue to be taken care of by the tried and tested 9G Tronic automatic unit.
Visually, and in terms of features, as mentioned before, the new C200 is identical to the C220d. This means the car will come with the same chrome-twin-slat grille LED High-Performance headlamps, integrated LED daytime running lamps, panoramic sliding sunroof, twin-5-spoke alloy wheels, and LED taillamps, among others. The cabin too comes with the same Avantgarde interior package with an all-black treatment and a 64 colour ambient light package as well.
It will also come with the all-new 10.25-inch media display screen and new generation telematics. The system also gets the NGT 5.5 smartphone integration system that allows you to connect your device via Bluetooth to use telephony and music functions. The display itself comes with the higher resolution of 1920 x 720 pixels for superior image quality with a pin-sharp display of all infotainment content.
The diesel models - C220d and C300d - remain unchanged. While the former is offered in two variant options, a base model Prime and the Progressive trim, priced at ₹ 40 lakh and ₹ 44.25 lakh respectively, the top-end C300d come in the range-topping AMG Line variant, which is priced at ₹ 48.50 lakh, (all prices ex-showroom Pan India).