2015 Mercedes C Class

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Mercedes has unveiled the new 4th generation C class specs and details to the World. Mercedes C class debuted in the year 1993 and since then it has been one of the most important vehicle in the Mercedes lineup. The car codenamed as W205 made its official debut at the Detroit Motor show.

Mercedes has made the exterior of the new C- Class look sportier and close the bigger S-Class. The new C Class now also has an increased dimension which resulted in more interior room at the front as well as at the rear of the car. The boot space has also increased comparatively because of its increased dimension.

The new C class will be available with three engine options including one diesel and two petrol variants. The base variant also known as C180 features a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine, the other engine on offer is a more powerful version which is powered by a 2.0-liter petrol engine. Lastly the most powerful engine of the lot on offer is the C200 BlueTEC, powered by a 2.2-liter Diesel engine. All the engines are mated to a standard 6-speed manual transmission but there is also an optional 7-speed, 7G-Tronic gearbox along with Mercedes’s 4MATIC all-wheel drive system too.

The new C class definitely looks exclusive and it even has a reduced overall weight and now comes even with a more fuel efficient engine. So without wasting any more time let’s find out all the other details of the new Mercedes C Class which will also make its way into our Indian market by the end of 2014.

UPDATE 25/11/14: Mercedes Benz launched the C-Class today in India priced at Rs. 40.90 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and is only available with the C 200 AVANTGARDE trim.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mercedes C-Class.

Source: Mercedes

EXTERIOR

Mercedes C Class
Mercedes C Class
Mercedes C Class

Previously the C class was the entry level offering from the stable of Mercedes but after the A and B class entered our market the scenario changed completely. However the new C class shares lot of its styling ques with the new S and E class as already mentioned above thus it looks even more premium and stylish compared to its predecessor.

Mercedes C Class

The front face of the new car has the same grille with the centrally positioned 3 star logo which you will also find in other Mercedes cars; but there is also an option for an Exclusive line where the front features a classic saloon radiator grille with the Mercedes star placed on the bonnet (but we will most probably get the first grille in our market), even the fins of the radiator grille can also be closed to optimize the vehicle’s Cd value. The front end now features a bigger air dam which has made the front facial of the car sportier and aggressive than before. The new headlight design also looks attractive on the C class, the owner will have an option of choosing between standard H7 halogen lamps or an optional LED lights which definitely would come at an extra cost.

Mercedes C Class

The side profile of the car with a long bonnet and a passenger compartment set well back and short overhangs defines the C-Class’s classic and balanced saloon proportion. While at the rear of the car the newly designed tail lamp now features a new LED technology.

Take a look at the new C class and you will find that it has become bolder and more premium than its predecessor and has the blend of modern, striking dynamics with a hint of classic design all over its exterior.

The overall dimension of the new C Class has been provided below:

Length 4686 mm
Width 1810 mm
Height 1442 mm
Wheelbase 2840 mm

INTERIORS

Mercedes C Class
Mercedes C Class
Mercedes C Class

Take a peek inside the new refreshed cabin and you will find that it has been composed of quality premium materials and finely crafted details, the interiors have been designed keeping in mind the dynamic sportiness of its exterior. The increased exterior dimension has resulted in more interior and cabin space, even the boot capacity also has increased by almost 5 litres compared to its previous generation.

The huge central console with its flowing lines will surely attract everyone’s attention. The touchpad interface is a new addition to the C class interiors which really makes the cabin feels more exclusive and modern; it allows letters, numbers and special characters which could be entered by using hand gestures. There is even a centrally positioned 7 inches free-standing central display, the heads up display is also a new addition to the C class which provides information related to vehicle speed, speed limits and navigation instructions and displays messages from DISTRONIC PLUS. Lastly the five round air vents adds a sporty touch to the dashboard. Because of the big rear door openings getting in and out of the car is extremely easy.

Mercedes C Class

The engineers also have worked extremely hard to further lower the NVH level so that the cabin remains completely cut off from the rest of the world.

Mercedes C Class

The new C Class will be offered with three different design and equipment lines:

- The Avantagrade line will showcases the C-Class interiors as a sporty saloon
- The Exclusive line places emphasis on sophistication and modern luxury
- The AMG line lends the C Class a sporty character.

DRIVETRAIN

Mercedes C Class
Mercedes C Class
Mercedes C Class

The 2015 Mercedes C class will be available with three engine options like we already mentioned above.

The C180 which is also happens to be the base version will be powered by a 1.6-liter turbo-petrol engine with a displacement of 1598 cc which will generate 156 hp of maximum power and 250 Nm of torque. It accelerates from 0-100 km/ h mark in just 8.2 seconds. The C200 has a more powerful 2.0-liter petrol engine which will generate 184 BHP of maximum power and 300 Nm of torque. This engine is capable of reaching 0-100 km/ h mark in just 7.5 seconds. Lastly the C 220 BlueTEC powered by a 2.2-liter Diesel engine which generates 170 BHP of maximum power and 400 Nm of torque. This engine accelerates from 0-100 km/ mark in just 8.1 seconds. All the above engines will come mated to a 6-speed manual and 7G-Tronic Plus Automatic transmission.

The engines also have been equipped with an ECO start/stop function and comply with the Euro 6 emissions standard. After Mercedes launches this new C Class officially there will also be some other engines on offer which will include a smaller 1.6 liter diesel engine, an optional 2.2-liter diesel engine and a four-cylinder, gasoline engine. Mercedes will also offer a hybrid version of the C Class to the World.

ENGINE MAXIMUM POWER OUTPUT MAXIMUM TORQUE OUTPUT
1.6-litre petrol 150 HP250 NM
2.0-liter petrol 184 HP300 NM
2.2-liter Diesel 170 BHP400 NM

RIDE AND HANDLING

Mercedes C Class
Mercedes C Class
Mercedes C Class

The C class uses aluminum hybrid body shell which is almost 70 kilograms lighter than the conventional steel body; this lightweight construction has helped in reducing fuel consumption by almost 20 percent without affecting the vehicles overall performance.

The new C Class will also be offered with a standard steel suspension that features a four-link front setup and optimized multi-link independent rear suspension. The 4 link front axle plays an important role in the cars agile and sporty handling characteristics.

There will also be an optional AIRMATIC air suspension, where the driver can choose between "Comfort", "ECO", "Sport" and "Sport+" modes which will have individual setting and characteristics. There is also an "Individual" option where the driver can customize the ride setting according to their wish. The new C class also comes fitted with an electric parking brake as standard. It will also be equipped with the electromechanical Direct Steer system in the near future.

SAFETY FEATURES

The new Mercedes C class comes fitted with plenty of safety features which will definitely blow away its competitors. The new C class comes fitted with an:

- Attention assist (Standard feature)
- Command system
- Attention assists function
- Collision prevention assist plus
- Distronic plus with Steering Assist
- The BAS plus Brake Assist System
- Active Parking Assist system
- Adaptive High beam Assist Plus
- pelvis bags for driver and front passenger, a newly developed window bag, side bags for the outer rear seats, a knee bag for the driver
- Active Lane Keeping Assist

PRICING

The Mercedes C 200 AVANTGARDE is priced at Rs. 40.90 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi

CONCLUSION

Mercedes C Class

The new Mercedes C class definitely is a much more improved vehicle and also offers a host of new features which will definitely leave everyone impressed. The AIRMATIC suspension is something which will attract a lot of attention because every Merc owner wants a comfortable and peaceful chauffeur drive ride home. With a new fuel efficient engine and reduced overall weight and enhanced performance this car will definitely win many hearts when it will be launched in the Indian market by this year end.

LOVE IT
    - Refreshed interiors- Technology- Lighter than its predecessors
LEAVE IT
    - Not available in the Indian market yet

Press Release

Mercedes C Class

Mercedes-Benz sets the benchmark in Modern Luxury with a technological and design revolution; launches the new generation C-Class in India

New Delhi: Embodying the brand’s claim of ’The best or nothing’ in an uncompromising style and introducing a new chapter in its success story, Mercedes-Benz today launched the new generation C-Class in India. Defining new benchmarks in its segment, the all new C-Class adopts a progressive approach with its emotional design idiom, technological advancement and high-class interior. Consolidating superior design, superior value and superior safety, the new C-Class epitomizes the successful transfer of classic Mercedes-Benz values to an attractive modern, luxury vehicle. The new C-Class was launched by Eberhard Kern, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India in New Delhi. The all-new C-Class will be available in the C 200 AVANTGARDE variant, in dealerships across India.

The all new C-Class leads the segment with a host of best-in-segment features: the most powerful petrol engine, best power to weight ratio, longest wheelbase, fastest in the 0–100 kmph sprint and the lightest body shell. These combined with economical performance, extensive safety features and a new agile and comfortable suspension create an attractive, sporty, progressive and emotion evoking vehicle. Be it the use of excellent interior sound engineering and aeroacoustics, or be it the market premiere of the new generation infotainment system ‘Audio 20 NTG 5*2’ with a completely new ergonomic interface featuring a touch pad, the new C-Class will exceed customer expectations in technological innovations. The new C-Class takes engineering and use of technology to the next generation creating an unsurpassable experience for the driver.

Eberhard Kern, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India said: "The C-Class is a best seller that has always been a trendsetter in its segment and this remains true for the new C-Class as well. It interprets a new standard in modern luxury and its contemporary design idiom showcases the automotive passion of our designers. The new C-Class comes to the starting line with qualities usually reserved for higher-class automobiles – ecologically, technologically and also with regard to comfort and driving pleasure. It embodies modern automotive luxury and has all the prerequisites to be a success story. The new C-Class sets a new benchmark with its technological and design advancement. The technological prowess of the new C-Class is a prime example of how the latest generation telematics and IT systems are well integrated in Mercedes-Benz cars. The new C-Class will delight our customers with its high-class appeal and agility." “2014, our ‘Year of Excellence’ has been immensely exciting and satisfying for us with exciting product introductions, qualitative network expansion, complimented by a double digit growth. With the brand-new C-Class, we are continuing to create new benchmarks in modern luxury for our discerning customers in India. The new C-Class joins the latest generations of the E- and S-Class to create the youngest and most wide-ranging saloon line-up of any automaker globally. We are immensely satisfied in bringing the latest product from our global portfolio for our customers here, and keep them fascinated and delighted with the Three Pointed Star. We are glad that our strategy for India is on the right track and paying results” Mr. Kern further added

Driving Performance

The 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with direct injection is one of the most fuel efficient petrol engines in the C-Class-segment with a fuel efficiency of 14.74 km per litre. Together with the large fuel tank capacity of 66 litres it gives the customers freedom to explore places around them without worrying about frequent trips to the fuel station. The engine also boasts of ECO start/stop function and a lower engine weight compared to other 4-cylinder petrol engines in this segment.

The 2 litre petrol engine produces 135 kW at 5500 rpm with a maximum torque of 300 Nm between 1200-1400 rpm. It accelerates from 0 to 100 kmph in 7.3 seconds with a top speed of 235 kmph. The powerful motor coupled with a 7-speed automatic transmission combines a high level of comfort with driving pleasure and efficiency. It impresses with smooth operation and rapid gear shifts. At the same time, the 7G-TRONIC PLUS transmission contributes to reducing fuel consumption and emissions.

Drive mode selector (AGILITY SELECT): At a touch of the Drive Mode Selector, drivers can choose between Comfort, Economy, Sport, Sport+, or Individual driving modes. Parameters such as the engine, transmission and steering characteristics are adjusted according to the selected transmission mode.

Higher Ground Clearance: The C-Class is equipped with a suspension specifically designed for India. This results in improved comfort on Indian roads and a greater ground clearance.

Long Wheelbase: Through its long wheelbase of 2840 mm the new C-Class will provide its passengers with better ride comfort, great handling and stunning driving performance differentiating it from its competitors. The long wheelbase will also offer passengers (especially in the rear) more legroom and therefore assure a more comfortable ride for all passengers.

Cruise Control: Cruise control with SPEEDTRONIC allows relaxed, economical driving particularly on long journeys. In addition to the desired cruising speed, an individual maximum speed can be set e.g. to be sure of obeying speed limits.

Aerodynamics: Wind resistance is a principal factor in achieving fuel consumption reduction and the reduction of CO2 emissions. With extensive aerodynamic and aeroacoustic development work the new C-Class boasts of an impressively low drag coefficient of Cd = 0.27 and further noise reduced interior for a more comfortable driving experience

Exterior - Sensuous clarity and purist forms

The new C-Class represents a bold departure from its predecessor. Its emotional, sensuous surface geometry makes it appear muscular and full of character. At the same time the design showcases the high-tech character in a purist, clear and exciting fashion. The front end, the three-dimensional radiator grille and the clearly traced headlamp contours mould the ‘face’ of the new C-Class - strong in character and brand-typical. The AVANTGARDE exterior design includes the sports grille with twin louvres, which emphasises the long bonnet and therefore the vehicle’s powerful and dynamic nature.

Longer, wider and lighter than its predecessor, and featuring sculptured and sensual design lines not unlike those of the S-Class, the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class has grown up. The clear design emphasising width and the powerful shoulders give the new C-Class a decidedly athletic appearance from the rear. A soft edge which merges into the tail lights accentuates the indent in the C-pillar which is essential for the powerful shoulder. A strongly vaulted spoiler lip on the boot lid has a positive effect on the Cd value, and also characterises the appearance.

With the dynamic LED headlamps with LED Intelligent Light System the main headlamps feature two newly designed modules. The up-to-date design with inward running contour creates a brand-moulding element with the functions "direction indicator", "position light" and "daytime running lamp". Their characteristic night design lends the new C-Class its very own distinctive look in the dark, too. The tail light cluster features a modern twin-torch-effect design with all light functions making use of LEDs. For the first time the rear fog lamp is integrated in the tail light cluster.

Interior - Upgrade inside

The cockpit and passenger compartment come across as clear, sensuous and with a host of new unusual styling details. Clarity stands for visible high-tech attributes and straightforward sportiness – purism in the best sense of the word. Sensuousness stands for design ideas with exciting flowing shapes and high-grade materials – a reinterpretation of contemporary luxury. Electrically adjustable "Cobra-look" front seats with an organic, sporty design and integral head restraint are fitted into the all-new C-Class. The seat adjustment range compared with the W204 series has been enlarged by 10 mm in height and by 6 mm in the lowest seat position and allows even more individual adjustments. The seats are covered with full ARTICO leather. High-strength steels and intelligent lightweight construction are the technical distinguishing marks of the sturdy rear seats. Their newly designed seat cushions furthermore enhance the comfort for the rear-seat passengers who also enjoy considerably more legroom and knee room.

The interior skilfully combines the architecture of the Mercedes-Benz sports cars with a newly interpreted, sporty and flowing centre console design. The sportily designed, width-emphasising dashboard is optically divided into lower and upper sections which are separated by a trim strip. The newly integrated control and display system is consistent with the Mercedes-Benz operating philosophy.

This multimedia system combines entertainment, information and communication: The new generation Audio 20 CD with touchpad features now an entirely new designed user interface and graphics, 3D navigation and also allows networking with mobile devices via Bluetooth®.

User-friendly navigation, precise map data and excellent route guidance with the Garmin® MAP PILOT brings all the familiar benefits of a Garmin® navigation system to the Audio 20 CD with touchpad. It’s all done by simply inserting an SD card with navigation software and map data sets. The infotainment system is also capable of connecting to the internet with a Bluetooth® and data-enabled mobile phone. Mercedes-Benz Apps such as Mercedes-Benz Radio can be used even while driving.

The interior of the new C-Class provides an ambience that enhances the overall experience of the occupants, with 3 colour ambient lighting, Reversing Camera, Panoramic Sliding Sunroof, KEYLESS GO starting function, spacious and illuminated boot with a total capacity of 480 litres. The rear seat backrests can be split-folded into a 40/20/40 ratio

Safety and Assistance Systems

The integral safety concept from Mercedes-Benz groups together all active and passive safety components into a well thought-out system – for the safety of the vehicle occupants and other road users. It brings the vision of accident-free driving another step closer for the designers. More than ever before, it meets the requirements for a high level of vehicle and road safety, based on what actually happens in accidents.

With new and extended functions, in addition to the standard safety features such as ABS, BAS, ESP, ASR, Hill Start Assist, etc., the C-Class remains the leader in terms of measures designed to guard against danger and initiate protective measures. ATTENTION ASSIST is able to warn the driver when it detects typical signs of drowsiness in steering behaviour. Adaptive High Beam Assist Plus allows the high-beam headlamps to be kept on permanently since oncoming traffic or vehicles in front are masked out in the beams’ cone of light. PRE-SAFE® system comes with belt tensioners for driver and front passenger seats, closing function for side windows and panoramic sliding sunroof and positioning of front passenger.

The new C 200 AVANTGARDE is priced at Rs. 40.90 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi and is available for sales in dealerships across the country.



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