Mercedes’ compact saloon much more mini S-Class than ever before, but really now exclusively powered by four-pot engines
It’s time for the ‘W205’ C-Class to move over – there are a new Baby Benz in town. Mercedes’ all-new version is here, with design changes that bring the car nearer to the range-topping S-Class . That’s nothing when compared with what’s been done to the log cabin, though.
Just like the H, there’s now a huge portrait screen jutting out of the centre console just like a plinth. The touchscreen measures nine. 5 inches across as regular, or if preferred, there’s a good optional 11. 9-inch version. The larger E-Class will presumably have to wait around until its next refresh to obtain a similar setup. Awks.
Just over through the infotainment screen is a standard-fit FLAT SCREEN screen that forms the device cluster. It measures 10. twenty five inches, and it’s possible in order to upgrade to a fancier 12. 3-inch version. All of this tech works from the latest MBUX operating system, which gives the particular C-Class over-the-air updates for the first time.
In terms of dynamics, Mercedes provides given the C new four-link suspension at the front and a fresh multi-link setup up back. Adaptive shock absorber are optional along with a firmer ‘sport’ setup, while the plug-in hybrid derivatives get rear air suspension because standard.
As a sign from the times, the engine line-up can be exclusively inline-four from launch, and can likely remain that way for the rest of the particular W206’s life. Yep, even when considering the AMG C53 and C63 models , with the latter expected to adopt the hybridised version of the A45’s ‘M139’ 2 . 0-litre.
When it comes to derivatives that have been confirmed, we have the 1 . 5-litre kicking off the range, delivering 168bhp in the C180 and 201bhp in the C200. The C300 utilizes a 261bhp mild hybrid 2 . 0-litre unit, giving a 0-62mph moments of 5. 7 seconds. On the diesel powered front, you can have either a 161bhp C200d or a 197bhp C220d.
Although the specifications haven’t been fully confirmed however, Mercedes says diesel and gas plug-in hybrids will join the product range soon after launch, each with a 129bhp motor and an impressive electric-only selection of 62 miles.
You will be unsurprised to learn it’s larger than the old car, growing 65mm long, 10mm in width and 25mm within wheelbase. The growth spurt plus clever packaging mean the saloon’s boot is 45 roomier on 360 litres, while if you get rid of the seats down in the property, there’s another 40 litres associated with space to play with. With a more 1375 litres available, that following Ikea trip will be a breeze.
Sales in Europe start at the end of March, with the AMGs more likely to arrive early next year.