After suffering a few rounds of spy shots and image circulations online, the Mercedes Benz C-Class is finally revealed officially. This fifth generation C-Class comes with the latest safety systems and equipment, economical engines, excellent aerodynamics and is lighter by 100kg. Mercedes says the all-new C‑Class feels like an “upgrade to a higher class of travel”. I must say, Mercedes is pressing all the right buttons with these new models.

Mercedes-Benz C 250 BlueTEC, Avantgarde, Diamantweiss metallic,

The C-Class has always been the automaker’s best selling model, they sold 2.4 million units of the outgoing C-Class since its launch in 2007. Mercedes will definitely try to top that with this new model. Codenamed ‘W205’, Prof. Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development described it as “Mercedes at its best – that’s the new C-Class, which sets new standards for the mid-range segment on many fronts.”

Mercedes-Benz C 300 BlueTEC HYBRID, Exclusive Line, Cavansitblau

New Exterior Design

As compared to its predecessor, it is now bigger providing more space to the rear passengers for greater comfort. It is 95mm longer in length (2840 mm), with a 80mm increase in the wheelbase and 40mm wider (1810mm).

Appearance wise, this does look very much like its bigger brother the new Mercedes S-Class, both front and rear. It comes with H7 halogen headlamps as standard. As options, a static system and a dynamic version energy saving LED headlamp variants are available with “LED Intelligent Light System”. The tail lights feature LED technology in all headlamp versions. The new exterior design focuses on aerodynamic drag to achieve outstanding efficiency. For instances, at its 0.24Cd drag coefficient, it is better than most coupes. Wind noise level has been brought down as well.

Mercedes-Benz C 250 BlueTEC, Avantgarde, Diamantweiss metallic,

Lightweight Chasis

The weight loss in this new C-Class is the results of the new light weight chassis. Even with its bigger body, it’s 100kg lighter than its predecessor thanks to the mostly aluminium made body. The new body reduces weight, improves rigidity and handling, optimizes noise and vibration characteristics and level up crash safety. With that and its low drag coefficient, the new C-Class saves up to 20-percent fuel and enables sporty and agile handling.

Mercedes-Benz C250, AMG Line, Avantgarde, Diamantsilber metallic

Mercedes-Benz C250, AMG Line, Avantgarde, Diamantsilber metallic

Top-notch Interior

Designers at Mercedes Benz has raised the interior design benchmark for the C-Class’ segment. High-class materials are used to provide a luxurious feel of the interior for both driver and passengers. Much like the new A-Class, it has the 7-inch free-standing central display, round retro-like air vents, high-quality switches and dials, leather dashboard and the contemporary wooden centre console. Like how Mercedes puts it, it’s an “upgrade to a higher class of travel” in this new C-Class.

Mercedes-Benz C 300 BlueTEC HYBRID, Exclusive Line, Cavansitblau

What’s interesting is the innovative touchpad that recognizes finger gestures like our smartphones. It even allows handwriting input in letters, numbers and special characters, in any language. Head up display is also available displaying information such as vehicle speed, speed limits and navigation instructions and displays messages from DISTRONIC PLUS.

Mercedes-Benz C 300 BlueTEC HYBRID, Exclusive Line, Cavansitblau

Engine Variants

The new W205 C-Class comes in three variants, the C180 with a 1.6-litre petrol engine, the C200 with a 2.0-litre petrol engine and the C220 BlueTEC 2.2-litre diesel engine. All models are fitted with the  ECO start/stop function and have improved fuel consumption figures.

Mercedes-Benz C250, AMG Line, Avantgarde, Diamantsilber metallic

Model
 Displacement  
 cc
kW/hp
Nm 
0-100 km/h
in sec.
l/100 km 
CO2
g/km 
 Efficiency class 
C 220 BlueTEC   
 2143
 125/170
 400
 8.1
 4.0
 103
 A+
C 180
 1595
 115/156
 250
 8.2
 5.0
 116
 A
C 200
 1991
 135/184
 300
 7.5
 5.3
 123
 B

 

New engines will be introduced later on such as a new small 1.6-litre diesel engine and the advanced version of the 2.2-litre diesel engine, which are said to perform better. BlueDIRECT petrol engines with third-generation direct injection will also be available, including a special four-cylinder C180 ECO Edition model.  Mercedes-Benz has transferred the BlueDIRECT technology from the V6 and V8 engines to the four-cylinder engine, that provides spontaneous response and exemplary power delivery with high efficiency and best-in-class emission performance. The direct injection system with spray-guided combustion, employs a multiple injection process which is precision-controlled by means of an electronic system. The third-generation direct injection technology is complemented by “fast multiple ignition”.

In addition, the new C-Class will follow the foot steps of the E and S-Class by offering a diesel engine combined with a hybrid module. The C 300 BlueTEC HYBRID with four-cylinder diesel engine and a compact electric motor generates an output of 204 + 27 hp and uses only 3.9 litres of diesel per 100 km/h in NEDC combined mode. A more economical hybrid model that will feature plug-in technology will come later as well. Too many to choose from.

Mercedes-Benz C 250 BlueTEC, Avantgarde, Diamantweiss metallic,

AIRMATIC suspension – first in its segment

Steel suspension is fitted as standard in the new C-Class with three DIRECT CONTROL suspensions selections, “Comfort”, “Avantgarde” and “Sports”. You can opt for the new air suspension (AIRMATIC), first that can be fitted in its segment; for both front and rear axles. With it, you can have the AGILITY SELECT that switches between “Comfort”, “ECO”, “Sport” and “Sport+”. A custom “Individual” option enables you to configure your own suspension settings. When vehicle is loaded, AIRMATIC is able to do an all-round self-levelling for optimum ride comfort.

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Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive: Satefy Systems

This new C-Class is equipped with almost all of the new assistance systems that’s fitted in the new E and S-Class.  The assistance systems enhance both comfort and safety. Mercedes-Benz calls this Intelligent Drive. (Watch Michael Schumacher tests the C-Class’ Safety System here.)

  • COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS. At speeds of 30 km/h and above, it issues a visual warning if the gap between the driver’s vehicle and the vehicle ahead is too small, with an additional acoustic warning at 7 km/h and above if there is a danger of collision, and provides an adaptive braking assistance function which, depending on the situation, can boost braking if the driver is not braking hard enough. If the driver does not react, now, for the first time in a series-production system, a collision with slower or stopping vehicles ahead when driving at speeds of up to 200 km/h can be prevented or at least minimised by automatic, autonomous partial braking. The system also brakes in response to stationary vehicles at a speed of up to 50 km/h, and is able to prevent rear-end collisions at speeds of up to 40 km/h.
  • DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist and Stop&Go Pilot helps the driver to maintain a suitable distance, even in stop-and-go traffic. The steering assistance feature is new and helps the driver with lateral control of the vehicle, even on gentle bends, and offers a traffic jam vehicle following function.
  • The PRE-SAFE Brake provides autonomous braking in the absence of a driver reaction. In typical urban driving scenarios, it can prevent collisions with pedestrians or stationary vehicles at speeds of up to approx. 50 km/h; or, at speeds of up to approx. 70 km/h reduce the impact of such collisions.
  • Brake Assist PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist can, depending on the situation, boost the braking strength applied by the driver, if necessary up to full brake application and, for the first time, can also react to crossing traffic and pedestrians.
  • Active Blind Spot Assist issues a visual and – if the indicator is activated – an acoustic warning of the presence of a vehicle in the blind spot area; and can prevent a potential side-on collision by applying the brakes unilaterally at the last moment.
  • Active Lane Keeping Assist warns against unintentional drifting across a lane through vibrations of the steering wheel; and if the vehicle actually crosses a lane marking, corrects the vehicle’s position through unilateral brake application. It also applies the brakes unilaterally if the vehicle drifts across a lane marking and the neighbouring lane has, for example, oncoming traffic, overtaking or overtaken vehicles in it.

Mercedes-Benz C 250 BlueTEC, Avantgarde, Diamantweiss metallic,

Airbags

Mercedes added more airbags in this new C-Class such as pelvisbags for driver and front passenger, a newly developed windowbag, sidebags for the outer rear seats and a kneebag for the driver. The front passenger seat can additionally be fitted with automatic child seat recognition. The airbag is automatically deactivated when a child seat is fitted and reactivated once it has been removed.

The new C-Class is available for booking in Europe, price starting from   €33,558 to  €38,675. It’s scheduled to debut at the Detroit Motor Show in January.

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