Mercedes-Benz has unveiled a preview of the new C-Class, in its sedan and station wagon versions. The German bestseller, which has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide since 1982, has borrowed many innovations from its big sister the S-Class.
In 2020, a Mercedes-Benz out of seven sold was a member of the C-Class family, according to information put forward by the German manufacturer. To maintain its status as the most attractive model to customers around the world, the C-Class relies on a design that is both sporty and modern as well as an interior strongly inspired by the Class S.
The sedan and station wagon versions gain +65 and +47 mm respectively to display the same length of 4.751 mm. The increase is also due to the adoption of a new platform with the wheelbase increased by 25 mm, which gives more room for the rear passengers. In terms of trunk, the sedan has a capacity of 455 liters. The station wagon which sees its capacity increase by 30 liters compared to the previous model, displays 490 liters.
The paw of the Class S is even more visible inside. The driver is surrounded by top quality materials combining leather, aluminum, woodwork, and other black lacquered inserts. The central display, a touchscreen ranging from 9.5 to 11 inches depending on the finish, has been tilted towards the driver for even more sportiness. The latter is surmounted by three large aerators inspired by aircraft turbines. However, passenger comfort is not forgotten, they can enjoy heated and “massaging” seats, an air ionizer and a room fragrance diffuser.
What price to afford the 5th generation of the C?
The intelligent user interface, the Mercedes Benz User eXperience, is also borrowed from the famous limousine. Described as the car’s “central nervous system” by the brand, its mission is to network all the vehicle’s functions. The MBUX allows, among other things, to control the main functions of the car by voice, to ensure the biometric connection via the Smart Home function as well as navigation in augmented reality video (optional).
All engines are fitted with integrated second-generation starter-alternators and are associated with 48v light hybridization. The German brand has announced that the C will only be available with 4-cylinders.
In essence, three power levels are offered: 1.5-liter 170 and 204 horsepower, as well as 2.0-liter 258 horsepower, as well as in diesel with a 2.0-liter unit available in 163, 200 and 265 horsepower versions. In diesel, the 2.0-liter unit is available in 163, 200 and 204 horsepower versions.
The sedan and the station wagon will also exist in a plug-in hybrid version, which will allow driving over 100 km in all-electric mode. The German firm ensured that the battery would not restrict the available space in the trunk or the cargo space.
Mercedes-Benz has not yet given any indication regarding the price of the 5th generation of the C but it should be unveiled at the end of March during the opening of pre-orders.