Mercedes-Benz has announced a new entry-level version for the C-Class which will be available on order starting Tuesday.

Mercedes-Benz has announced a new entry-level version for the C-Class (W205) which will be available on order starting Tuesday.

It will get a a four-cylinder, 1.6-liter developing 129 HP (95 kW) which makes it 27 HP (20 kW) less powerful than the previous base gasoline model, the C180. Mercedes-Benz plans on selling this engine exclusively with a six-speed manual gearbox as the 7G-TRONIC PLUS transmission available on upper-spec variants will not be offered in this case.

The C160 will be available for the sedan at a starting price of €31,683 while the wagon (T-Model) will set you back at least €33,349. Deliveries of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C160 Sedan and Estate are scheduled to begin sometime in June.

Later this year, the C-Class range will grow with a coupe version while in 2016 a convertible will also join the family. One other possible body style could be a four-door coupe to go head to head with BMW's 4-Series Gran Coupe.

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Mercedes-Benz C-Class gains C160 entry-level version with 129 HP