This, ladies and gentlemen, is not an S-Class reduced to about 75% of its original size. Or maybe it is? Visually, the similarities between the all new 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the recently introduced S-Class are more than obvious. But, for this generation of C, the similarities are not just visual. As we reported a bit more than a month ago, the new C will feature most of the safety and comfort systems that would be normally reserved for the top-of-the-line sedan from Stuttgart.
We are sure that the new C will not only be the most luxurious offer in the entry level luxury sedan segment, but the safest and most technologically advanced as well. The new C comes with a very wide variety of electronic systems, including Attention Assist, Adaptive Brake Assist, Collision Prevention Assist Plus, Distronic Plus with Steering Assist and integrated Stop&Go Pilot, a semi-automatic traffic jam assistant which at speeds under 60 km/h is able to follow the vehicle ahead even where lane markings are unclear or completely lacking, Brake Assist System Plus, a system that can detect crossing traffic and boost the braking force if the driver fails to apply the brakes sufficiently, and Enhanced Active Lane Keeping Assist, that prevents the vehicle from unintentionally drifting out of lane when broken lane markings apply and a risk of a collision arises, Active Park Assist, plus a 360-degree camera and Traffic Sign Assist with Wrong-Way Alert, which warns of speed limits and alerts the driver to no-overtaking zones and no-entry signs. The famous PreSafe system detects stationary vehicles as well as pedestrian and brakes automatically if the driver fails to react, thus preventing accidents up to 50 km/h and mitigating the severity of collisions at speeds of up to 72 km/h.
As far as passive safety is concerned, the C-Class, codenamed W205, comes with redesigned windowbags, sidebags for the outer rear seats, a kneebag for the driver and pelvisbags for driver and front passenger, whatever the latter one is. In addition to the advanced airbag system, the chassis’ design has been optimized with crash safety in mind. A high-strength safety passenger compartment forms the core of this concept. It is surrounded by specifically configured and field-tested deformation zones which ensure maximum safety for the occupants by virtue of optimised force paths and a combination of aluminium castings and ultra-high-strength materials, which results in the new C-Class complying not only with all current national laws but also with all rating requirements, as well as meeting the more stringent internal Mercedes-Benz safety standards based on what actually happens during accidents.
The equipment list includes many other interesting elements, as well, like the climate control system that works along side the GPS system. The map information from the navigation system and the GPS location data are used to close the air recirculation flap automatically when the vehicle enters a tunnel, subsequently re-opening it when the vehicle emerges from the tunnel. Sound-wise, the new C-Class is equipped with the unique Frontbass system, which uses the space within the cross-member and side member in the body structure as a resonance chamber for the bass speakers. Like the S-Class, a Burmester surround sound system is optionally available. On top of that, just like the S-Class, the new C-Class can be fitted with an optional air suspension (AIRMATIC) on the front and rear axles. Being the first model to offer air suspension in this segment, “Comfort”, “ECO”, “Sport” and “Sport+” options are available for the driver to configure the ride characteristics.
Finally, as far as the available engines are concerned, three models will be offered at launch. There will be two petrol versions and one diesel. The C 220 BlueTEC will feature a 2143cc diesel burning I4 engine with a power output of 170 hp / 125 kW and 400 Nm. As far as petrol engines are concerned, the entry level C 180 comes with a turbocharged 1.6l engine and 156 hp / 115 kW and 250 Nm, while the C 200 comes with a turbocharged 2.0l 4 cylinder powerplant and 184 hp / 135 kW and 300 Nm. More versions are expected to be offered later, including the C300 with a 235hp from the 2.0l unit and the C400 with the new 3.0l turbocharged V5 and 339 hp. A Hybrid system and 4-Matic all wheel drive system will be also offered. Two new 6-speed manual gearboxes and the 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission will be offered from launch, though.
The new C-Class can be ordered from now from all all authorised Mercedes-Benz dealers, with prices starting from €38,675 for the C 220 BlueTEC, €33,558 for the C180 and €36,414 for the C 200 in Germany, including VAT. Click “more” for our extensive photo gallery.
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