On a visual level, the new C-Class represents a bold departure from its predecessor. Its striking, dynamic design exudes sensuous clarity and arouses emotions. Modern aesthetic was a source of inspiration for the new saloon's sensuous lines and surfaces, whose harmony and dynamism create an immediate effect.
The designers have created minimalist, purist forms for the C-Class which emphasises its intelligent technology and engineering. The clearly defined surfaces deliberately display a degree of tension, lending them a modern and emotional character. Precise lines and sculptural surfaces create progressive light and shade effects.
In the side view a long bonnet, a passenger compartment set well back and short overhangs define the C-Class’s classic, well-balanced Mercedes-Benz saloon proportions. Large wheels emphasize the rear and communicate a stylishly sporty character. There is a choice of two different faces: sporty with centrally positioned star or – for the EXCLUSIVE line only – the classic saloon radiator grille featuring the Mercedes star on the bonnet. The fins of the radiator grille can be closed completely to optimise the vehicle’s Cd value, highlighting the status of this cultivated saloon in duly self-assured style.
Generous as the new C-Class is as regards dynamics and comfort, its fuel consumption is frugal. Its intelligent, innovative light-weight construction means a saving of approx. 100 kg compared with the previous model.
Among other factors this also accounts for up to 20 percent less fuel consumption for both petrol and diesel engines, (the latter with SCR - Selective Catalytic Reduction technology for environmentally friendly driving) and optional 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission, combine ecology with driving pleasure.
The lightweight construction reduces fuel consumption and at the same time improves the driving dynamics. An excellent drag coefficient (0.24) and efficient technology contribute to placing the new C-Class in the top rank of its segment as regards CO₂ emissions.
The new C-Class shows how responsible it is, not least with an eye to the people on board and their safety. That is why it supports the driver with innovative assistance systems. In addition to COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS and ATTENTION ASSIST, which are available as standard, considerably extended assistance systems from the new S-Class and E-Class are available which considerably increase comfort and safety as part of Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive. For example, the new DISTRONIC PLUS with steer assist and integrated Stop&Go Pilot enables safe, comfortable “going with the flow” in congested traffic.
PRE-SAFE® Brake is also an optional extra. If necessary it brakes independently, and is thus able to prevent accidents at speeds of up to 50 km/h.
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.