Mercedes Benz India on Wednesday brought its new SUV M Class 250 CDI to India with a price tag of ₹45.64 lakh. The company has also announced the local production of ML 250CDI at the Chakan plant to keep the price of the car low.

The newly-launched M Class 250 CDI is powered by a 2143 cc diesel engine which can produce 151.5 kW at 4200 rpm and 500 Nm torque at 1600-1800 rpm. It assures a mileage of 15.26 kmpl, top speed of 210 kmph and an acceleration time of nine seconds from 0-100 kmph. The car hosts a number of safety features along with a stylish design.

The company has introduced the Sport Edition of its flagship sedans the C-Class and the E-Class in the last week. With the latest launch, the company has come out as a strong competitor to Audi and BMW. With the vehicles now being locally produced, the company expects to slash down its prices. M Class 250 CDI will be the first M Class SUV to be offered from the local plant.

The company's E class and C class flagship sedans have marked good sales in the country since its launch, selling 16,000 units and 21,000 units respectively in the country.

The company also offers a concept called self-leasing, which allows a consumer to rent a Mercedes car for two to three years on a monthly rental of ₹1 lakh, according to ZigWheels.