9 Reasons To Love The New C-Class – Estate And Saloon Edition

The most successful model series from Mercedes-Benz is entering its fifth year in production with extensive modifications. The design of the exterior and interior benefits from a stylish makeover and the electronic architecture is completely new. The customer also benefits from a user experience with an optionally fully digital instrument display and multimedia systems with tailor-made information and music. The assistance systems are now at the level of the S‑Class. Have a look at the 9 reasons to love the new C-Class Estate and Saloon Edition.

1. Power and efficiency: completely new range of engines.

The C-Class Saloon and Estate will enter the market with completely new engines. A new generation of four-cylinder petrol engines is being launched in the new C-Class. At the same time these models are equipped with an additional 48 volt onboard network with a belt-driven starter/alternator (EQ Boost). The combination of a 48 volt onboard network and EQ Boost creates the conditions for additional functions that help to reduce fuel consumption even further, while improving agility and comfort characteristics.

2. Electrification continues.

When accelerating, EQ Boost can assist the 135 kW (184 PS) engine with an additional 10 kW (14 PS), bridging the brief moment until the turbocharger has built up its full charge pressure. This boosting is also used to reach the engine’s ideal rpm as quickly as possible during gearshifts. The shift time of the automatic transmission is shortened as a result. During deceleration, the starter/alternator recuperates kinetic energy and charges the battery. The water pump is electrically driven and actuated by a characteristic map. This optimally adapts the cooling output to the current need.

3. Petrol engines equipped with particulate filter.

The exhaust gas turbocharger uses a twin-scroll system. Thanks to its dual-flow configuration, the torque characteristics have been improved while keeping the exhaust back pressure low. The charge pressure is electronically controlled, which makes it possible to set the optimum charge pressure more rapidly and precisely compared to purely pneumatic control. CAMTRONIC variable valve timing is also on board. This allows two-stage adjustment of the valve lift on the intake side. Alongside the diesel engines, all the petrol engines are also equipped with a particulate filter in Europe.

4. State-of-the-art diesel: C 220 d.

This ultra-modern engine family opens up new dimensions in efficiency. It is the first passenger car diesel engine to use the stepped-bowl combustion process – named after the shape of the combustion bowl in the piston. The innovations also include the combination of an aluminium engine block and steel pistons, as well as the further-improved NANOSLIDE® coating of the cylinder walls. Despite having a lower displacement than its predecessor, reduced to just under two litres, and weighing around 16 percent less, the new diesel powerplant in the C 220 d has an output of 143 kW (194 PS), precisely 18 kW more than the previous engine. All components relevant for efficient emissions reduction are installed directly on the engine. Thanks to the near-engine configuration, exhaust aftertreatment has low thermal losses and optimal operating conditions.

5. Rear lamps defined by clear-lined contours.

The new-look C-Class combines emotionality with intelligence. The vehicle’s appearance is defined in particular by its front and the design of the headlamps and tail lights. With the model facelift, the AMG line features the diamond radiator grille as standard. The front bumpers have been redesigned for all lines. These new designs render the EXCLUSIVE exterior even more expressive and lend the AVANTGARDE exterior a yet more dynamic character.

In conjunction with AMG Exterior, the vehicle sports an AMG front apron with a new geometry and at the rear the insert in diffuser-look comes in a new design. The rear bumper of these models has a new lower section; geometry, trim and tailpipe trim vary according to the selected equipment and engine variant. The design of the front and rear lamps is defined by clear-lined contours. Exquisitely crafted details add highlights and underscore the modern character.

6. Interior design: exquisite fine-tuning.

The sporty interior exudes class, featuring flowing forms in a new interpretation of modern luxury. The centre console is characterised by an elegant flowing trim element – optionally with new materials: open-pore brown walnut or open-pore anthracite oak. The 3D real wood veneer in the centre console combines a hand-crafted character with a modern feel. The Multicontour Seat package is new. With this package, the side bolsters and lumbar support can be individually adjusted by means of an electrically driven pneumatic pump. A massage effect in the lumbar area is provided by air chambers which are inflated and deflated in a pulsing or wave-like motion when the function is activated.

7. Fully digital instrument display available.

The C-Class has a new display concept which includes an optional, fully-digital instrument cluster with the three visually distinguishable styles “Classic”, “Sport” and “Progressive”. For the first time, a high-resolution central display in 16:9 format is available, with a 10.25-inch screen diagonal and a resolution of 1920 x 720 pixels. The C-Class has touch-sensitive controls in the steering wheel. They respond to swiping motions like the screen of a smartphone. The operation of DISTRONIC and cruise control with controls directly on the steering wheel is another new feature. The infotainment system can additionally be operated via the touchpad with controller (new: haptic feedback) in the centre console or by means of LINGUATRONIC voice control. The optional head-up display is now adjustable over an even wider range.

8. State-of-the-art active safety.

The new C-Class features the latest Mercedes-Benz driving assistance systems offering the driver cooperative support, and therefore provides a higher level of active safety than its predecessor. The C-Class is able to drive semi-autonomously in certain situations. The new C-Class comes with extended Active Brake Assist as standard. Depending on the situation, this can help to mitigate the consequences of rear-end collisions with slow-moving, stopping or stationary vehicles ahead, and even with crossing pedestrians and cyclists, or prevent them altogether.

9. Optimum visibility in all conditions.

The optionally available MULTIBEAM LED headlamps are new to the C-Class. Each headlamp incorporates 84 individually controllable LEDs. New functions in comparison to the previously available LED Intelligent Light System are junction light, roundabout light, city light and bad-weather light. In high-beam mode, Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus enables continuous long-range illumination of the road ahead without dazzling oncoming traffic.

When no other road user is detected, the road ahead is straight and the vehicle speed is above 40 km/h, ULTRA RANGE high beam is switched on automatically. This produces the maximum light intensity permitted by law, which results in the brightness of the main beam headlamps only falling below the reference value of 1 lux after a distance of more than 650 metres.

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