Production of new Mercedes C-Class LWB commences in China
To cater to the demands of car buyers in China, and with their affinity towards rear seat space and long wheelbase, Mercedes Benz has commenced production of Mercedes C Class LBW in China. Dubbed C Class L, this new model is slated for official launch in the country from September 2015.
It was just six months ago that the Mercedes Benz C Class went into production in Bremen, Germany. Now, the fact that it is on production lines in Beijing, is noteworthy as it marks a key milestone in the companyâ€™s growth strategy in China while it is produced through joint venture with Beijing Benz Automotive Co (BBAC).
The new Mercedes C Class Long Wheel Base measures an additional 80mm thereby resulting in added interior space, specially in the rear area. Other features include semi autonomous driving pilot and a touchpad for operations of head unit in Chinese handwriting.
Mercedes Benz C Class will be offered in two trim levels â€“ Sedan and Sport Sedan and will be powered by an engine locally produced at BBAC in Beijing itself. This 1.8 liter engine produces 201 bhp peak power and 309 Nm peak torque and will be capable of acceleration from 0 to 100 kmph in 7.6 seconds to hit a top speed of 241 kmph.
The new Mercedes Benz C Class could also come to India by 2015, though not in a LWB version. Local assembly will be planned so as to keep prices competitive.