Stuttgart-The new Mercedes C-Class wasn’t too secret as it was leaked online earlier this week, but German carmakers have put a new sedan and wagon with all the relevant information we’ve been waiting for. Officially announced.
Like the current model, the 5th generation Mercedes C-Class will be built here in South Africa for both local consumption and export at MBSA’s East London plant. Mercedes SA says it will be able to see new sedans around the third quarter of this year.
So what’s special?
The new C-Class boasts an elegant yet evolutionary exterior design that seems to be inspired by the latest CLA and CLS models. The new saloon is 65mm longer and 13mm wider than its predecessor, with a 25mm larger wheelbase but 9mm smaller overall height. As a result, the cabin space for both front and rear occupants has also been improved.
The new cabin design is probably more innovative than evolution and draws a lot of digital inspiration from the latest S-Class. Both the LCD digital instrument cluster and the touchscreen infotainment system appear to float in front of the dashboard, allowing customers to choose between two sizes of both screens. It is 26 cm or 31.2 cm for an instrument cluster and 24.1 cm or 30.2 cm for a central screen.
Like the S-Class, the new C features a second-generation MBUX digital system with three different display styles: discrete, sporty, and classic, and three modes: navigation, assistance, and service.
Control your home device from your car
In addition, the “Hey Mercedes” voice assistant is said to be able to learn more interactively by activating online services with the Mercedes Me app. Interestingly, Mercedes also offers MBUX smart home capabilities that allow owners to control appliances from the vehicle. It also connects with a motion detector that can tell the owner if someone is at home.
Other available cabin features include an integrated music streaming service, a color heads-up display, and a navigation system with enhanced video.
4-cylinder hybrid engine
The engine range is fully hybridized and the base model features a 48V mild hybrid system with an integrated starter generator and overboost of 15kW and 200Nm. High-end hybrids, on the other hand, offer plug-in functionality and an electricity-only range of approximately 100km.
The range of mild hybrids begins with the new C180. This is suitable for 125kW and 250Nm, while the C200 produces 150kW and 300Nm. Both are powered by a 1.5-liter turbo petrol engine, and the C300 is a 2-liter unit with 190kW and 400Nm outputs.
On the diesel side, Mercedes offers 147kW and 400Nm C220d and 195kW and 550Nm C300d, and like the petrol model, the mild hybrid system provides a momentary overboost feature of 15kW and 200Nm.
Mercedes hasn’t mentioned the AMG versions yet, but I’m sure they’re in progress and probably only four cylinders.
Rear axle steering, digital light
Optional technical highlights include rear axle steering, S-class digital light headlights, active steering assist (which helps keep the vehicle in the lane at up to 210km / h), and active distance assist-the latter. Two functions give the vehicle a semi-automatic driving function.
Of course, South Africa’s feature and model lineup will be announced shortly.
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