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06 October 2012

Mercedes-Benz roll out the C & E-Class 'Sport Edition'

Visually enhanced versions of the popular Merc sedans launched to coincide with the Indian F1 GP

Amaan Ahmed
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The month of October is upon us. And as we all know, it's time for the Formula One cavalcade to make its way to our homeland: to the Buddh International Circuit for the Indian GP. And for car manufacturers, this is just one of the many reasons to add to their portfolio.

Mercedes-Benz have chosen this month to launch the C & E-Class 'Sport Edition', which are basically the standard sedans spruced up with the help of AMG body-kits. Both cars get new front and rear bumper aprons, a blacked-out roof and a "Sport" exterior badge. The only difference between the two cars on the outside is where the C Sport Edition gets 17-inch 5-spoke alloys, the E Sport Edition goes an inch higher with 18-inch alloys, and that also completes the list of exterior changes.

When it comes to the interiors, the C & E Sport Editions sport Artico upholstery, varied trim on the dash (black lacquer for the C-Class, wood for the E-Class), climate control and an audio system with Bluetooth, USB and Aux-in. The C Sport Edition gets electric seats, too. Safety features are aplenty, the same as you get in the standard cars with 6 airbags, ABS, ESP and ASR.

Mechanically, there are no changes to the drivetrain whatsoever. The Sport Editions are essentially the C220 CDI and E220 CDI versions, and borrow the same engine & transmission combo from their non-Sport Edition cousins, the 2143cc 4-cylinder diesel generating 170bhp and 400Nm of torque that's mated to a 7-speed automatic gearbox.

Mr.Debashis Mitra, Director, Sales and Marketing, Mercedes-Benz India said at the launch: "The Sport Edition of the C-Class and the E-Class sedans are highly exclusive products with AMG exterior styling, and host of other sporty features for which a Mercedes-Benz is renowned for. These launches are part of our product offensive in providing newer products and newer variants of existing products to our discerning customers. The launch timing of these cars coincides with the Indian Grand Prix fever which is soon going to grip the nation, especially after the tremendous success of last year's race.”

Available exclusively in Polar White, the C & E-Class Sport Edition have been priced at Rs 29.9 lakh and Rs 39.9 lakh respectively (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi).

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Tags: mercedes benz, c class, e class



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