Mercedes has now presented the new generation of the C-Class, optically like the little brother of the E-Class, but technically equipped with features from the new S-Class.
The new generation of the Mercedes C-Class has now celebrated its premiere. There are no big surprises in terms of design, the new C-Class is visually in the style of the E-Class that was launched last year.
Both the sedan and the T-model look very modern and have a more dynamic look than before. For the first time, both body styles are the same length: at 475.1 cm, the sedan is 6.5 cm larger, the practical station wagon 4.9 cm.
The increase in size is said to have improved the space for all passengers in particular. The trunk volume of the C-Class Sedan, on the other hand, has remained the same at 455 liters, while the station wagon with 490 to 1,510 liters of storage space can transport 30 liters more than before.
In the interior, the C-Class is in the style of the S-Class and, depending on the equipment, has a 10.5 “or 12.3” digital speedometer and a 9.5 “or 11.9” touch screen on the center console .
The latest MBUX generation of the infotainment system also has even better voice recognition and can be connected to the smartphone. There is a fingerprint sensor for logging into the MBUX system, so every driver should be greeted with their preferred settings.
There is also an optional head-up display and augmented video. Here, a camera encompasses the environment and brings moving images to the central display.
There is also something new with the drive system; the diesel engines in the new C-Class now also have an integrated starter generator with 48V technology. At the start, the C-Class will be the C 180 with 170 PS (125 kW), the C 200 with 204 PS (150 kW), the C 300 with 258 PS (190 kW), and the C 220 d with 200 PS (147 kW) and as the C 300 d with 265 hp (195 kW).
The two more powerful petrol engines are also optionally available with 4Matic all-wheel drive. All models now also have a 9-speed automatic as standard. A little later, plug-in hybrids with around 100 kilometers of purely electric range will also come onto the market.
The rear-axle steering familiar from the S-Class ensures better handling in the new C-Class, which also brings the turning circle to less than 11 meters. Modern assistance systems, some of which are also known from the new S-Class, round off the innovations. Among other things, the Digital Light is also available for the C-Class.
Mercedes has not yet revealed any prices, the market launch is planned for summer 2021. However, one can assume that the new C-Class will be a little more expensive than before.