In India last year, the fifth-generation C-Class from German luxury automaker Mercedes-Benz was introduced. Three variants of the new C-Class, the C200, C200d, and C300d, are offered with a choice of gasoline or diesel engines. Here is our review of the C300 diesel, which we drove this week.
Diesel car sales have decreased by 17% as a result of the Indian government’s consideration of outlawing them by 2027. But over the past few years, sales of diesel cars have been declining. Environmentalists, however, still have internal combustion engines in mind when setting their standards. I think ICE vehicles will also play a big part in the future, which will be a mix of technologies. The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class will be the topic of discussion.
The second sedan offered by Mercedes-Benz India is the C-class. It follows A class and is followed by E class. The S-Class appears to have influenced the design language of the new C-Class. So let’s start with the Mercedes-Benz C300d’s exterior.
Mercedes-Benz C300d’s Exterior
An update was recently made to the brand-new Mercedes-Benz C-class is Mercedes-Benz C300d. The exterior is new, which improves the car’s style.
Front Profile : Everything is new, including the headlights, bumper, and grill. Now that the headlamps only have one DRL, they have a blue tint that dances at night. Above the three-pointed star on the front grill, a front camera option is provided. Because the vehicle’s ground clearance is less than 160 mm and the grill has a triangular pattern, you should be careful when driving over bumps to prevent damaging the undercarriage. The car’s sleek 18-inch AMG 5-spoke alloy wheels complement its overall design.
The design, which is at the back, is distinctive and appealingly new.
Back Profile : The rear is charming and contemporary thanks to new tail lamps, updated bumpers, and some cool details. When the reverse gear is engaged, the covert reverse parking camera emerges. Although it has all-LED tail lamps, the fake exhaust somewhat detracts from the rear appearance. This beast gains some additional aerodynamics from the rear diffuser. You can tell that you are driving an AMG-spec car because of the C300d badge.
Also, the request sensors for locking and unlocking the car are the component on the handlebars that is missing. That still needs to be done manually using the key.
Colour Options : Manufactur Opalite White, Cavansite Blue, and Obsidian Black are the three paint colors that are offered for the C300d.
Mercedes-Benz C300d’s Dimensions
|Dimensions||in mm||in cm||in inches||in feet|
Mercedes-Benz C300d’s Interior
When you get into the driver’s seat, you’ll see that the S-Class served as inspiration for the front seats, dashboard, steering wheel, and instrument panel. True luxury is conveyed by the dashboard’s use of leather, carbon fiber, and a dual-tone design scheme. With the most recent MBUX, designed after the S-Class, the 11.9-inch vertical center screen is equipped. Only this vehicle receives the most recent MBUX: NTG7, following the S-Class and Maybach.
LCD Display : Following that, a 12.3-inch LCD driver display with three distinct themes stands out as the most impressive in its class. Inside the cabin, there is a strong tech-friendly vibe brought on by both screens and the AC vents in the shape of turbines. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are wireless in the C-Class. It may be distracting to use the 11.9-inch infotainment screen while driving, but it is slightly tilted by 6-7 degrees toward the driver and the touch is easy to use.
Wheel Controls : The S-Class steering wheel, which features touch-activated controls for switching between the instrument cluster’s various modes, volume, and cruise controls, served as inspiration for this design. It has a sporty appearance thanks to the Nappa leather flat-bottom steering wheel, metal weave trim, and paddle shifters on the steering wheel.
AC Vents and Other Modes : The AC controls are also integrated into the screen. The MBUX system allows for the creation of personal profiles as well as the biometric fingerprint setup for the steering wheel, ambient lighting, and seat adjustment. The dynamic button makes switching between the various driving modes easier.
Others : At night, ambient light on the front deflects all attention away from it. A slide of your finger opens the sunroof, which has two panes: one for the front passengers and one for the back. Gloss black materials used for the center console could attract fingerprints.
The experience in the back seat is unique, strange, and cozy. Although you are seated quite low, the luxury it offers attracts you. The quality, feel, and touch of the materials, as well as the leather upholstery, are excellent. Good leg and knee room, as well as a good recline angle, have been added since previous iterations. Dual-tone interiors in Sienna Brown and Black are available for the C300d. All-Black interiors are also an option.
If you’re in the back seat of a Mercedes-Benz C300d on a steamy summer day, simply raise the manual window shades to block the sun while listening to music through the 3D surround sound system from Bermester. Even more comfort is provided by the center armrests and rear AC vents. With 64 different shades of ambient lighting, the cabin’s already high-end atmosphere is elevated to a new level.
The C300d is powered by a 195 kW 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine that generates 265 horsepower and 550 Nm of torque. This engine, which has the codename OM 654 M, is the first diesel engine made by the company to feature an integrated starter-generator. It is mated to a 9G-Tronic unit, a nine-speed automatic transmission.
Mercedes-Benz C300d’s Powertrain
A 48-volt mild hybrid that boosts performance and improves fuel efficiency is also included as standard. An impressive 20.37 km/l, according to the ARAI rating, is offered by the vehicle.
|Engine Displacement||1993 cc|
|Max Torque||550Nm @ 1800 – 2200rpm|
|Max Power||265PS @ 4200rpm|
Mercedes-Benz C300d’s Features
The new-generation C-Class has a long list of features, but to give you the highlights, it has driver-assist features like active braking and parking assist. All of India’s major cities have new 3D maps and an integrated navigation system. However, there isn’t a 360-degree camera.
Other features include dual-zone climate control, wireless smartphone integration, natural voice recognition, electrically powered front seats, and a cutting-edge connectivity feature called “Mercedes Me Connect.”
Additionally, a unique Car-to-X communication feature uses a social network to link the S-Class and C-Class on the road. This feature allows the S-Class to transmit information about traffic congestion or poor road conditions to the C-Class so that the owner of the C-Class is aware and can choose a better route while driving.
Mercedes-Benz C300d’s Performance
Undoubtedly a head-turner, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class in its fifth generation Regarding the performance, the ride is smooth, but because the car sits so low, you should exercise some caution on rough and dangerous roads. You can, however, happily drive it every day.
The 1.3 million pixels that each headlight illuminates completely illuminate the nighttime roads. Mercedes-Benz C300d with a big caliper and cross-drilled rotors, the brakes not only look good but also feel sturdy and dependable in an emergency. The vehicle has a top speed of 250 km/h and a blistering 5.7 second 0 to 100 km/h acceleration time.
Mercedes-Benz C300d’s Pros & Cons
|Performance||No AMG Badging|
|Fuel Efficiency||Price Range (Expensive)|
|Design Language||No Heads Up Display (HUD)|
|Ambience & feel in Cabin||No Keyless Entry|
|Improved Mileage||Small Boot Space (450 Litre)|
With technology from its bigger brother, the S-Class, the new C-Class outperforms its predecessor. A sleek interior, a modern and opulent exterior, and a powerful engine are all features of the new Mercedes-Benz C300d. The Mercedes C300d’s sleek interior, sporty handling, and fuel economy are its three standout features, in our opinion. The price for the C-Class begins at Rs. 60 lakh ex-showroom.