When it comes to sedans, the Mercedes-Benz C Class has for many years been one of the most recognizable premium sedans out there, and many classic versions are still on the road. From the W202 that was popular in the 90s to the more recent W205. As the saying goes, “the only constant in life is change” Mercedes-Benz felt it was time for change and a new C Class was born.

With over 10.5 million C Class models sold globally to over 100 markets, the 6th generation C Class has gone through its final stages of prep and Mercedes-Benz South Africa have been serving it to the public since December 2021. 

With a minimalist design blueprint, the new Mercedes-Benz C Class looks smooth and refined. According to Mark Raine, the vehicle’s exterior design is based on the current S Class, and if our eyes are anything to go by, the two models do look very similar. When it comes to size, the new C Class is larger than the vehicle it replaces at 4750 mm in length and 1820 wide. Its wheelbase has increased by 25 mm. All of this results in an improved interior room for the premium sedan. The wheel size for this C Class will either be 18 or 19-inches to give it a wide track and sturdy stance. 

2021 Mercedes-Benz C Class model range

There will be both petrol and diesel variants available “The new C-Class will be launched into the South Africa market initially with the C200 and C220d engine derivatives, both sporting four-cylinder units from the current modular FAME (Family of Modular Engines) Mercedes-Benz engine family,” said Selvin Govender, Director of Marketing and Sales for Mercedes-Benz Cars. “The C200 is also available at launch in a limited debut edition known as Edition 6, which has numerous visual accents highlighting its exclusivity. Edition 6 will be limited to 400 units.” Govender added.

With just two model derivatives available initially, we’re confident that these variants will soon be followed up with other variants including exciting AMG’s to beef up the model range. With the current model line-up, you can expect the C200 to deliver 150 kW of power and 300 Nm, while its diesel sibling, the C220d will produce 147 kW and 440 Nm. Mercedes-Benz says the diesel engine achieves a combined consumption figure of 4.6l/100km, which under the current circumstances is golden. In the petrol variant, the combined fuel figure is 6.6l/100km. Like the S Class, the new C Class is equipped with the second generation MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) system. 

Do you know what the best part about all of this is? It’s the fact that the Mercedes-Benz C Class is manufactured right here in Mzansi, at Mercedes-Benz’s plant in East London, making it a proudly South African Product.

How much is the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C Class?

Mercedes-Benz C200                                      R849 000

Mercedes-Benz C220d                                    R908 500

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