Mumbai: German automobile major, Mercedes Benz has launched the Mercedes B Class in India. It has been launched in two avatars - the B180 (priced at Rs 21.49 L) and the B180 Sport (priced at Rs 24.87 L). The prices are ex-showroom Mumbai and the bookings have already taken a toll.
This model will be a CBU (Completely Built Unit) and hence will be imported directly from manufacturing plants at Germany and Hungary. Mercedes India expects to import completely knocked down kits and assemble the car in Pune starting next year.
The car is only available in a petrol variant now. A diesel variant will be in by the third quarter next year, after modifying it to meet local emission norms. So far, the company has managed over 250 bookings, the deliveries of which will be finished by late October. With the launch, the company hopes to expand its market share in India.
- 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission with paddle shifters
- Acceleration skid control
- Easy vario seats
- 1500L boot space
- Mini spare wheel, and no run flats
- 5.8 LCD display with the ability of Bluetooth streaming
- Attention assist, 7 airbags, hill start assist & eco start-stop
- 14.8 kmpl ARAI certified mileage
- Bi-xenon headlights
- Panoramic sun roof
- Adaptive brake lights
However, the prices being put competitively, Mercedes do not plans to compete with the BMW X1 or the Audi Q3. They are developing a new compact SUV GLA Class, which will be charged with that assignment.