Mercedes Benz introduced the new generation W205 or C-Class in India at an ostentatious ceremony in New Delhi. The next-gen sedan was launched at a price tag of Rs 40.90 lacs (ex-showroom Delhi) and is only available in petrol trim for the time being - diesel model will probably arrive early next year.
C-Class has always been a top seller for Mercedes and this new version will carry forward the legacy that started from the very first W201. Having undergone a total of four transformations, it has evolved and now derives its appearance from the S-Class - making it look like a baby S.
Key features and highlights:
Engine, transmissions and dynamics
It is powered by a 2.0 litre Twin Turbo inline four cylinder petrol motor. It delivers a tremendous 181bhp@5500rpm while producing a peak torque of 300Nm at a mere 1200-1400 revs. This motor is mated to a 7G-tronic dual clutch gearbox that seamlessly changes gear and sends the power to the rear wheels.
The engine, transmission and suspension traits could be changed according to the mood of the occupants by a system named AGILITY SELECT. There are 5 settings on offer namely: Comfort, ECO, Sport, Sport+ and Individual. The C-Class can achieve a top speed of 235kmph and accelerates from naught to 100 in just 7.3 seconds. It manages a decent mileage of 14.74kmpl.
Starting from the nose, it gets the signature Mercedes grille on which the Tri-Star badge is tucked on two vertical slats. Flanking the front grill are full LED lights with eyebrow like DRLs that could be observed in some other Mercs too. The understated front bumper goes well with the overstated air gulping scoops it carries. The sides get great lines, one emerging from the headlamps side and runs towards the back while slowly dropping down at the rear wheel. The other is at the bottom and softly rises as it moves to the rear wheel arches. Rear is where it looks the most like an S-Class, though, a little more compact. It is offered in 5 different shades of Cavansite Blue, Obsidian Black, Polar White, Iridium Silver and Citrine Blue. Dimensionally it stands 4686mm long 1810mm wide and 1442mm tall, gets a wheelbase of 2840mm and a turning radius of 5.61mm.
The cockpit of the new C-Class is derived from Merc’s sport car, AMG GT, and is made to provide maximum comfort rather than a radical look. The dash gets retro A/C louvers and flows towards the rear from the centre in perfect proportions. The central console gets a 17.78cm wide screen that is connected to the infotainment system and the Garmin map pilot. To control this system, a futuristic touchpad is provided well within the reach of the driver on the central bridge. It also gets dual zone THERMATIC automatic climate control while the tri spoke multifunction steering wheel adds to the premiumness. The ambient lighting could be changed between three colors (Polar-ice blue, Solar-Amber and Neutral-white) and 5 intensities. To beat the sun, it gets roller sunblinds in both rear doors. It gets ARTICO leather upholstery that further epitomizes its interiors.
To add to driver's convenience, it gets cruise control with speedtronic variable speed limiter while four way lumbar support for driver and front passenger is also provided. ECO start/stop function, KEYLESS GO starting function and paddle shifters are also there for ease of access. The temperate display provides a lot of info to the occupants of the outside atmosphere. The infotainment system gets Micro-USB drive, iPod dock, iPod lightning connectivity. Moreover, Bluetooth interface with HD-voice capable hands-free function is another smart function of the system.
C-Class is made very safe from the ground up, its rigid bodyshell is 100 kilos lighter and made more strong by use of hybrid frame construction. The monocoque is crash tested and is able to withstand greater impacts.
On the active front it gets some essential protective traits:
Hill Start Assist.
Electronic Stability Program.
Tyre pressure monitoring system.
ATTENTION ASSIST-detects drowsiness on the basis of driving traits.
On the passive front it gets:
7 SRS Airbags that deploy according to the side of collision and that too in two stages.
Merc’s PRE-safe coordinates between all its system and shuts all the windows and panoramic sunroof instantaneously before the collision.
The front headrests also pop towards the occupant to provide support in case of rear collision.