Q. What is it?
This is the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Grand Edition and it has been built to celebrate the 50,000th Mercedes-Benz to be made in India. Mercedes-Benz is the only luxury car manufacturer in India to achieve this milestone. The C-Class has been an important model for Mercedes not just in India but all over the world as once it was the entry into the Mercedes club before the A-Class/B-Class came along. This C-Class Grand Edition is a farewell for the current C-Class before the new one comes along.
Q. How does it look?
There is no doubt that the C-Class is a handsome machine. Perfect lines and a good mix of aggression and a whiff of elegance that you get from a Mercedes. The C-Class Grand Edition gets some special touches with the AMG magic all over. So what you get is the AMG styling with the front and rear apron and side sill panels plus you cannot miss those gorgeous 17-inch 5-twin-spoke light alloy wheels with black AMG hub caps.
There is a "GRAND EDITION" badge on the side with the chromed tailpipe trims and 'Intelligent Light System' with Bi-Xenon headlamps, cornering light function, adaptive high beam assist, LED daytime running lamps & headlamp cleaning system. The C-Class Grand Edition has a tinted-panoramic glass sunroof with one-touch function. Overall the C-Class Grand has presence and we love its styling.
Q. How is it on the inside?
Inside you are greeted by the usual high qualiy materials and a clean, sporty design. The design is a lot more angular compared to the flowing interior design of the more recent Merc's. The C-Class Grand Edition features an 11.4cm multifunctional colour display in the instrument cluster and gets navigation which has over 7.9 million key points of interest including fuel filling stations, Mercedes-Benz dealership outlets, museums, restaurants and hospitals.
The C-Class Grand Edition interiors also have sun visors with illuminated mirrors, interior mirror auto dimming and door sill panels in the front & rear with the front panels sporting the Mercedes-Benz lettering. Other things remain the same including space which is good but lacking in headroom.
Q. How is it to drive?
The Mercedes C-Class Grand Edition has two engine options with a petrol and a diesel. The diesel (C 220 CDI) is a 4 cylinder 2143 cc engine with 168 bhp and torque of 400 Nm @ 1400-2800 rpm. The petrol (C 200) engine has 184 bhp. Both get the 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission. There is also a raft of fuel saving tech on board with ECO START STOP.
The diesel's performance is punchy and the gearbox does a good job. The mid-range is strong and with the smooth gearbox you will be doing big-speeds in no time at all. Refinement is good and when it comes to ride and handling the C-Class Grand Edition impressed us with its fantastic body control and super high-speed stability. The ride is decent with the really sharp potholes catching the car off-guard.
Q. Verdict then?
The C-Class Grand Edition is priced at Rs 39.16 lakhs for the Diesel and Rs. 36.81 lakhs for the Petrol variant (ex-Showroom Pune) which means it is not cheap but you get what you pay for. Here by that we mean a fast diesel luxury sedan which looks good inside out. This one is best enjoyed from the drivers seat and if you are buying a C-Class the Grand Edition is what you should be looking at.
Photography- Rajeev Bhendwal