Mercedes unveils at this year’s Geneva Motor Show in a world premiere the new C-Class in Saloon and Estate guise with new petrol and diesel engines, and as plug-in hybrid models. Important news for the brand with the three pointed star, as the C-Class is the most successful model series from Mercedes-Benz: The brand sold a combined total of over 415,000 Saloon and Estate models worldwide in 2017.
Now in its fifth year of production, the design of the exterior and interior gets a stylish makeover. The electronic architecture is also completely new. Options include a fully digital instrument display and multimedia systems featuring customized information and music offerings. The assistance systems likewise benefit from the new electronic architecture and are now on a par with those of the S Class. Just read on…
Hans Knol ten Bensel
A new face…
The new-look C-Class is defined in particular by its front end and the design of the headlamps and tail lights. On the new version, the AMG Line features the diamond radiator grille as standard. The front bumpers have been redesigned for all lines. They feature either a silver trim strip (standard), a chrome-plated trim strip (in combination with AVANTGARDE exterior) or a three-part chrome trim strip (EXCLUSIVE exterior). MULTIBEAM LED headlamps with ULTRA RANGE high beam are available for this model series for the first time.
…and instrument display
The C-Class adopts the control and display concept from the current S Class and comes with the option of a fully digital instrument display with three individually selectable display styles. The C Class has touch-sensitive controls in the steering wheel. 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.
Improved driver’s assistance systems
Driving Assistance Systems have also been improved. The C Class is able to drive semi-autonomously in certain situations, also using map and navigation data for assistance functions. For example, Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC as part of the Driving Assistance package uses map information and predictively adjusts the speed e.g. when approaching bends, junctions or roundabouts. Other new developments include intuitively understandable Active Lane Change Assist and Active Emergency Stop Assist as new functions of Active Steering Assist.
See the light and sit back…to be pampered
The optionally available MULTIBEAM LED headlamps are new to the C Class. Each headlamp incorporates 84 individually controllable LEDs. These allow extremely quick and precise, electronically controlled adjustment of the headlamps to suit the current traffic situation.
ENERGIZING comfort control (optional) links various comfort systems in the car. It systematically uses the functions of the climate control system (including fragrancing) and the seats (heater, ventilation, massage) as well as lighting and musical moods, and enables a specific wellness set-up tailored to the mood and need of the customer.
All this underlines the know-how of the brand when it comes to ensuring premium level comfort in its cars, both for the driver and its passengers. We will be keen to see and drive the new C-Class “in the flesh”. For the time being, just take a look at the photos…
Hans Knol ten Bensel