Mercedes-Benz has introduced Classy with a capital C. The all new C-Class gains a host of innovations and hopes to set the benchmark in its segment. Lighter, quieter and with a greater emphasis on quality and driving dynamics, its sights are certainly set firmly on the evergreen BMW 3 Series.
There are two different frontal styling options for the new kid on the block; sporty with the Mercedes badge boldly in the middle of the grille or with the classic bonnet-mounted emblem part of the Exclusive design package.
On the inside, major inspiration has been drawn from the bigger S-Class. And intelligent architecture purports to give more space. There is an innovative mutli-lingual touchpad screen developed by Mercedes-Benz in the armrest above the controller on the centre tunnel. An (optional) head-up display relays important information to the driver.
Three petrol engines and one diesel engine comprises the line-up. A 1.6-litre turbocharged mill powers the C180 (115kW and 250Nm) while a two-litre turbocharged source does duty in the C200 (135kW and 300Nm). The same powerplant serves in the C250, tuned to deliver 155kW and 350Nm. The C220 diesel is powered by a 2.1-litre engine, kicking out 125kW and a hearty 400Nm of torque.
The new C-Class doesn’t compromise on safety, in typical Mercedes-Benz fashion. Equipped as standard is the Attention Assist, which can warn the driver of inattentiveness and fatigue. Adaptive Brake Assist offers protection from collisions from speeds as low as 7 km/h.
As with all Mercedes-Benz passenger cars, the new C-Class comes standard with the six-year/100 000 km maintenance contract. The new C180 BlueEfficiency retails for R415 900 and the C200 BlueEfficiency at R436 600. The C250 will set you back by R 502 600 and the C220 BlueTec by R459 000.