The drive to get ahead is written all over the face of the new C-Class Saloon, with a front that exudes dynamism and modernity. The bumpers have been redesigned: depending on the equipment option they are enhanced by lustrous chrome elements and engaging new MULTIBEAM headlamps.
The new tail lamps have a particularly stylish design, emphasising the vehicle's width and enhancing the sense of power at the rear.
The appeal of the new C-Class Saloon lies not only in its power: it can also promote the driver's well-being through the optional ENERGIZING comfort control system. Lights, sounds and fragrances can be combined together at the touch of a button to relax or revitalise the vehicle's occupants. It includes ambient lighting with up to 64 colours to show off the interior at its very best.
The new C-Class Saloon is as intuitive and simple to control as a smartphone. The fully digital instrument cluster allows a completely new visualisation of driving data. To personalise your driving experience you can choose between three extensively animated styles.
In conjunction with the new 10.25-inch high-definition display screen of the multimedia system, the new Touch Control buttons of the multimedia system, the new Touch Control buttons on the steering wheel and LINGUATRONIC voice-activation, maximum ease of operation is guaranteed.
The new generation of Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive.
Quick, precise, alert: state of the art Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive assistance systems support the driver more effectively than ever. Pulling away in traffic queues, situation-appropriate enhanced braking power if the risk of a collision is identified, maintaining a safe distance on the motorway at speeds of up to 210 km/h – they're all areas in which the C-Class Saloon can help the driver today. It's hard to imagine a more reliable and attentive partner for your journey.
It is catastrophically easy to tumble down the ziggurat pyramid of excellence, at least when it comes to the sports saloon segment. The boundaries of the class are constantly shifting - new or at least recent entrants such as the Jaguar XE, VW Arteon, or Alfa Romeo Giulia seeking to upend the status quo - and the three big German brands constantly vying and shuffling for the top spot overall.
Hence why Mercedes-Benz, for this mid-life update of the C-Class saloon, estate, coupe, and cabriolet, rather gone to town on the upgrades. Bad enough that the current Audi A4 is winning many friends and influencing more, but there’s an entirely-new BMW 3 Series just over the horizon, so the C needs to keep itself fresh if it’s to compete.
So, while the styling may look either tiresomely or reassuringly familiar (delete according to taste, but we think that the C was already an A in the looks department) underneath and inside the alterations have been quite substantial. That starts in the engine bay where, essentially, all of the core powerplants have been changed. Of currently most significance for Irish C-Class buyers is the fact that the mainstay diesel engines switch from the old 2.1-litre engine to the newer 2.0-litre unit, first seen in the E-Class.