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Mercedes to bring all models in petrol by Sept; launches AMG SLC43 at Rs 77.5L

Mercedes-AMG SLC43 was launched at Rs 77.5 lakh (ex-showroom New Delhi).

autos Updated: Jul 26, 2016 17:05 IST
HT Correspondent
Roland Folger, MD and CEO of Meredes-Benz India at the launch of new Mercedes-AMG SLC43  in New Delhi on Tuesday.
Roland Folger, MD and CEO of Meredes-Benz India at the launch of new Mercedes-AMG SLC43 in New Delhi on Tuesday.(Sanjeev Verma/ HT Photo )

Mercedes-Benz India launched the all new AMG SLC43, a sleek, sexy sportscar that clocks 0 to 100kph in just 4.7 seconds. The price tag of the newest speed toy is Rs 77.5 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

The new successor to the AMG SLK55 is powered by a 3.0-litre bi-turbo V6 engine that churns out 367PS at 5,500-6,000rpm and 520Nm from 2,000rpm to 4,200rpm, when mated to a 9-speed automatic gearbox.

“With the launch of AMG SLC 43, we continue to follow our top-of-the-pyramid approach and take pride in offering the widest range of performance vehicles,” Mercedes-Benz India managing director and CEO Roland Folger said at the launch in New Delhi on Tuesday.

It’s Mercedes-Benz’s sixth new product in India this year and tenth from the AMG garage, the high-performance division of the Stuttgart-based auto giant. The company has strategic focus on the AMG brand in India, Folger added.

One of the worst hit by the Supreme Court ban on diesel vehicles of 2,000cc or more engines in the Delhi-NCR, the German automaker plans to have petrol versions of all its models sold in India. The company hopes for a solution on the diesel ban in the region which traditionally has been the key market for the auto maker in India.

“We will be complete with petrol engines in September. Then we will have basically a petrol variant in each of our carlines available. It was a decision we made in the middle of last year,” Folger told PTI.

Basically it gives customer a choice, he added.

“Ten years ago roughly we had only petrol engines so it’s not that unusual for us. It gives customer a choice it is not so much about new segment really,” Folger said.

Mercedes-Benz along with Jaguar Land Rover are among the worst hit by the ban on 2,000 cc and above diesel cars in Delhi/NCR.

When asked if their have been job losses at company’s dealerships in Delhi/NCR, Folger said: “In the last six months the dealerships in the region have been supported by our other dealers with more petrol options. So there have been no job losses as such.”

(With inputs from PTI)