|Mercedes-Benz Malaysia today added the anticipated C-Klasse (C-Class) to its impressive list of recent line-ups that include the CLA-Class and S-Class. As the best selling variant, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class needs no further introduction, except for the fact that the car has been gifted a sensuous and progressive design with a host of innovations on the inside and out.|
Two versions of the C-Class are available: the C200 with Avantgarde trimmings and the C250 Exclusive; aptly known as the ‘Baby’ S-Class. Compared to the previous generation C-Class, the newer one has an overall expanded dimension. Its wheelbase has been enlarged by 80mm to 2,480mm, length is upped 95mm to 4,686 mm and width has increased by 40mm to achieve 1,810mm. Thanks to a light aluminium hybrid body, overall weight of the car has been slashed by 100 kilograms.
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class shares acute resemblance to the CLA- and S-Class
At a glance, the new C-Class exterior motifs have prominent influences from the CLA and especially, the S-Class. In keeping with today’s trends, the C-Class has been refined to create that higher level of contemporary appeal, nicely blended with the car’s sharp lines and sculptured surfaces. The Avantgarde C200 gets that recognizable twin-louvre and central Three-point Star, while the C250 Exclusive receives the classic Mercedes grille with Three-point Star on the bonnet. For the exclusive variant, an AirPanel active radiator shutter is included for automated cooling whenever the situations calls for it. The AirPanel shutter is meant to improve Cd (Co-efficient drag) and reduce air resistance.
On the side, the trim panels and flowing roof silhouette contribute to effective Cd ratings at just 0.24. Like the S-Class, the C-Class is completely free of conventional light bulbs; it uses LEDs all around. The rear of the C-Class features a sculpted tailgate with a pointed edge to resemble a duck-tailed spoiler, beautiful two-pronged and reverse LED, and a chrome-edged bottom bumper with black trim and rectangle exhausts. Wheels and tyres with 17-inch and 225 50 R17 specifications complete the C-Class’ exterior package.
Interior-wise, the driver and front passenger enjoy plenty of space and luxury in a discreet, modern guise. This gives rise to a feel-good atmosphere which is new to this class of vehicle, settling into one’s seat in the C-Class is akin to the uplifting feeling of being upgraded from economy to business class on a plane. Based on the architecture of Mercedes Sports cars, there’s a new center console with flowing lines and plenty of unique elements in the C-Class. The large one-piece center console panel performs an elegant sweep from the center air vents to the armrest. These seamless clear-cut lines create a sense of open space and convey a thrillingly purist and modern feel.
A centrally positioned free-standing display is the main eye-catching feature across the console, with a screen size measuring 7 inches. A touchpad has been integrated to the hand rest above the controller to enable easy finger gestures; much like smartphones. Pertinent interior highlights of the C-Class consist of the Audio 20 unit, five-rounded air vents on the dashboard, ARTICO leather on the instrument panel, 3-D effect switches, ambient interior lighting, and the HUD (Head-up Display); depending on specifications.
With a boot space of 480 liters, the C-Class offers an adequate trunk load capacity for two large luggages, at the very least.
The C200 and C250 are both instilled the 2.0-liter direct injection powerplant, paired to a 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission. The C200 churns a respectable 184 hp at 5,500 rpm and 300 Nm between 1200 – 4000 rpm, while the C250 up-the-ante to 211 hp and 350 Nm.
The C-Class features multi-link with coil springs and gas-pressure shock absorbers with stabilizer on the front axle, and multi-link independent suspension for the rear. Stopping power relies on vented front disc brakes and rear disc brakes, as well as the ABS with Brake Assist and ESP.
Major safety attributes for the C-Class include the Attention Assist, Collision Prevention Assist Plus, Active Parking Assist and all-round airbags.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class prices and availability
Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has estimated a six-month period for first deliveries of the new C-Class. The CKD (Completely Knocked-Down) C-Class is scheduled to be on tap around the second quarter of next year. The fully-imported C-Class has an expected price of RM 285,888 and is an eligible variant for Mercedes-Benz Services’ Hire Purchase Balloon financing option of RM 110 per day with a 20 percent down payment and 60-month tenure.