Mercedes-Benz C-Class gets a brand-new entry-level version in the guise of the C 160. The new model already appears in Mercedes’ configurator, with the official ordering books expected to open tomorrow.
Until now the cheapest C-Class you could get your hands on was the C 180. Under its nameplate, Mercedes was essentially hiding a 4-cylinder 1.6-liter turbocharged engine developing 156 HP. The new C 160 will basically get the same unit but in a slightly different state of tune. Power will go down to 129 HP, while torques remains relatively similar, at an estimated 200 Nm (148 lb-ft).
The 7-speed DCT is out of the cards. The upcoming Mercedes-Benz C 160 is set to be offered in the company of only one transmission, a 6-speed manual gearbox, confirming its entry-level status. The 7-speed DCT is out of the cards.
The engine on tap has been in use for some time now, albeit in a plethora of power tunes, under the bonnet of both the B-Class, the A-Class and all its derivatives – the GLA, the CLA etc.
On the German market, the brand-new C160 will have a starting price of €31,683 for the Sedan and €33,349 for the T-Model. By comparison, a similarly powered 1,6 liter BMW 316i with 136 HP and 220 Nm (162 lb-ft) has a starting price of €29,650 in Sedan guise and €31,400 for the Touring model.