The new Mercedes C-Class is adorned with a revised dress and a completely new interior. The firm explains that the changes are much more numerous than in appearance. On the engine side, micro-hybridization is generalized while the electric autonomy climbs to 100 km on the plug-in hybrid version.
The new Mercedes C-Class was unveiled this Tuesday, February 23 in sedan and station wagon versions. The manufacturer does not hide being inspired by another model in its range, the S-Class, for certain innovations. But it is in the design that the influence of its big sister is felt the most.
A sedan that evolves smoothly
The C-Class remains one of Mercedes’ flagship models in many markets. In fact, it is logical that this evolution is meant to be gentle, and that the C-Class retains what makes its charm, and what pleases its owners.
The front remains the same proportions, but its grille gains in width while its optics are refined. The whole gives it a more aggressive look, a will that can also be found on its side and rear design.
Its sides feature lines a little more billhooked, and its rear part also becomes more expressive. Formerly rounded, the lights become horizontal and slim down towards the center of the trunk. In its visual aspect, the C-Class gains in dynamism with this 2021 vintage.
A revised interior, between luxury and technology
Already among the most opulent on the previous generation, the interior of the sedan changes in depth and is also closer to the S-Class. The dashboard is dominated by a large 11.9-inch touch screen. Slightly turned towards the driver, it measures 9.5 inches in entry-level versions of the C-Class.
In front of the driver and behind the three-spoke steering wheel, there is another screen. The latter sports a size ranging from 10.5 to 12.3 inches depending on the finish. The MBUX infotainment system is present in a new version. The voice assistant turns more to help functions and its use becomes easier, without the systematic need for the ‘Hey Mercedes’.
Qualified for “Nerve center” of the car, this multimedia system has a predictive device on board to simplify driving. It can also even be associated with home automation systems.
100 km of electric autonomy for the plug-in hybrid version
Under the hood, the C-Class embeds a systematic micro-hybridization. Coupled with a 9G-Tronic 9-speed automatic transmission, it provides 20 additional horsepower if necessary and can be combined with petrol or diesel units. The first is a 1.5 liter available in two versions of 170 or 204 horsepower. The second is a 2.0-liter 258 horsepower. On the diesel side, the 2.0-liter is available with 163, 200 or 265 horsepower.
On the other hand, it is the future plug-in hybrid version that proves the most promising. It will be based on the 4-cylinder petrol 1.5 liter and 204 horsepower that it will combine with an electric motor of 95 kW, or 129 horsepower.
It will offer a cumulative power of 313 horsepower and a maximum torque of 550 Nm. With a capacity of 25.4 kWh, the battery will make it possible to travel up to 100 km entirely electric!
Maneuverability and comfort thanks to the rear steering wheels
Despite colossal work on the engine, Mercedes has not neglected the chassis of its sedan. This offers four steering wheels for better handling in all situations. Below 60 km / h, the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction to the front wheels. Thanks to them, the turning radius is reduced by more than 40 centimeters.
Above 60 km / h, the rear wheels this time turn in the same direction as the front wheels, to increase comfort and stability. To advance comfort and livability, Mercedes is also increasing the size of its C-Class. Both now measure 4.75 meters, a gain of 6 centimeters.
This represents a gain of 2.5 centimeters in the wheelbase, which allows passengers to gain space. The trunk also benefits from this lengthening in the estate version by gaining 30 liters. It now has 490 liters of capacity, while the sedan retains 455 liters of capacity.
The new Mercedes C-Class will hit the market in June 2021. The base price is 47,000 euros, but the bill will rise for the plug-in hybridization and the station wagon version.