If you don’t want to rob a bank to get the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, otherwise known as the “world’s best car”, we have a piece of good news for you. Mercedes-Benz India has commenced the production of the new C-Class at its manufacturing plant in Chakan. The new C-Class is slated to get launched in India on May 10 and the company has already opened bookings for its existing Mercedes customers.

Moreover, the company has also revealed that it will offer the new C-Class in three variants: C200, C220d and C300d.

Powertrain details

The new C-Class will be sold in India with one petrol and two diesel variants. The C200 petrol is expected to be powered by 2.0-litre turbo petrol which will put down 197hp. The other two variants include the C220d with a 2.0-litre diesel-burner with 194hp on tap and the top-spec C300d diesel with a 245hp 2.0-litre engine. Expect all the powertrains to transmit all the performance through a 9-speed automatic gearbox.

Why should we be excited

The reason why it is nicknamed the “baby S-Class” is primarily because of its appearance. The similar shape of the headlights and shorter overhangs also help in making it look like its elder sibling. The new C-Class is also expected to be a bit roomier than before since its wheelbase is now longer by 25mm.

Stepping inside the cabin is where the similarities with the S-Class start becoming more prominent. Major attribution in this regard has to be credited to the tablet-styled touchscreen infotainment system which comes loaded with Mercedes’ second-generation MBUX system.

Once launched, the C-Class will continue to lock horns with the other entry-level luxury sedans like the Volvo S60, Audi A4, BMW 3-Series, Jaguar XE.