Mercedes has recently given its entry level C-Class range – saloon, estate, coupé, cabriolet – a major mid-life refresh. While, it is due to be launched in October 2018 in India. The subtle design cues on the exterior bring it aesthetically closer to the S-Class. On the inside are the new wood trims and an updated infotainment system and instrument cluster. Read On to find out…
First of all there are changes to the lights and grille (AMG versions), fresh electronic architecture and a new generation of 4 cylinder petrol engines. Although it has been downsized from the 2.0 L powerplant to a 1.5, but what tech it packs under the hood for the kick got us interested. For the first time the C-Class range will offer multi beam tech for headlights. The 84 LEDs light up the road without blinding the oncoming traffic. The optional UltraRange front lamps can throw light upto 650m on the road ahead.
Above all, the sides still are unchanged. It still looks pleasing to the eye, especially with the drooping bonnet and a swooping C-pillar which lend it a curvy profile. There’s a choice of 16”, 17”, 18” alloy wheels to choose from. Likewise, the rear tail lamps now rear shine with their crystalline effect.
Additionally there are 3 new shades on offer:
- Mojave Silver
- Emerald Green
- Matte Grey (reserved for the coupe and cabriolets)
Now with an optional 10.25” centrally mounted floating infotainment system and a 12.3” digital instrument console which can relay variable information related to even the nerdy stuff like G-forces and boost pressure. Furthermore, the digital display lets you configure things to your taste, and there are two USB ports, an SD card reader and a media interface.
There will be two new BSVI-compliant diesel engines coming from the OM654 four-cylinder group and 2 new turbocharged petrol units. They are:
- 1951cc motor on the C220 d, making 191hp and 360Nm of torque.
- The more powerful C 300 d, develops 242hp and 500Nm.
- 1.5-litre Turbo-petrol with mild-hybrid support and in return puts out 180hp of power
- Most powerful being the 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol unit on the C300. It can produce 255hp of power and 370Nm of torque
The most capable one here is the 2.0L petrol motor on the C300, which claims a time of 5.9 seconds for the 0-100kmph sprint. Furthermore, Dial in the Sport+ mode and the exhaust valves open up for an engaging experience.
Intelligent drive technology aiding semi-autonomous driving, with active distance control, lane change assist, emergency stop braking and steering assistance systems are expected to arrive too. Finally it’s going to be loaded with some first-in-segment tech. Moreover, it seems like the prices are expected to rise by around Rs 1.5 lakh over the existing C-Class depending on the variants which I guess will be justified by the creature comforts and power on offer.
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