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The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class has been unveiled to the world, and is now powered by a range of four-cylinder mild-hybrid engines, offering improved efficiency.

24 Feb 2021 | International News : Germany


Mercedes-Benz unveiled the latest iteration of its most popular model, the new C-Class, during a digital world premiere on 23 February 2021. The latest C-Class is now electrified, with all engine variants mated to Mercedes-Benz's second-generation starter-generator.

The C-Class is Mercedes-Benz's most popular model in the last decade
The C-Class has always been the cornerstone of Mercedes-Benz, with over 2.5 million Saloon and Estate models of the still current generation sold since 2014. The lineage of the C-Class can be traced back to its predecessor, the Mercedes-Benz 190 introduced in 1982.

It was a compact and lighter offering created with lines derived from the marque's upper medium-size category and the luxury and premium classes. This category of compact Mercedes-Benz cars have proved to be highly sought after - all in all, over 10.5 million Mercedes-Benz cars in the C-Class category has been sold since 1982.

Launced alongside the saloon is the C-Class Estate, which sports a progressive roofline
A combination of a short front overhang, long wheelbase and rear overhang gives the new C-Class sporty and dynamic proportions. The windscreen and passenger cell have also been moved rearwards, creating a 'cab-backward design'. Lines have been reduced to a minimum, with elaborately sculptured surfaces incorporated to create unique light effects. The Estate model also sports a progressive roofline and inclined rear window to add a sporty touch.

Up front, you'll find Mercedes-Benz's hallmark radiator grille featuring a central star, with design and character of the radiator grille differing in details. For the first time, the C-Class saloon features a two-piece tail lamp with light functions divided between the side wall and boot lid lamps.

The stylish and refined interior is equipped with the second-generation MBUX found in the new S-Class
Inside, you'll find a driver-centred interior with Mercedes-Benz's usual stylish and refined designs. The second generation of Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) that is also equipped on the new S-Class can now be found in the C-Class, offering an enhanced experience.

With the new MBUX, the voice assistant 'Hey Mercedes' becomes more interactive and capable of learning by activating online services in the Mercedes me App. Moreover, certain actions can be performed even without the activation keyword 'Hey Mercedes'. These include taking a telephone call. 'Hey Mercedes' can now also explain vehicle functions, and it is also able to recognise the vehicle occupants by their voices. The second-generation MBUX also features Over-The-Air updates - as soon as a new update from Mercedes-Benz becomes available, a message appears in MBUX. The update is downloaded and installed in the background.

The range of four-cylinder engines found in the new C-Class are assisted by an ISG
In the powertrain department, the new C-Class has been electrified throughout the range. The C-Class is now offered with a range of four-cylinder engines assisted by an Integrated Starter-Generator (ISG) to create a mild-hybrid solution that offers excellent power combined with maximum efficiency.

The second-generation ISG offers an additional output of up to 20bhp and 200Nm of torque. It uses a 48-volt on-board electrical system that allows functions such as gliding, boosting or energy recovery, and makes significant fuel savings possible - the new C180's fuel consumption ranges from 13.9km/L to as low as 16.1km/L according to WLTP.

The upcoming C-Class plug-in-hybrid boasts an all electric range of around 100km
Christian Fruh, Chief Engineer for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class shared his personal thoughts on the new C-Class, "For me, the highlights include the new plug-in hybrid generation with an electric range of around 100km (WLTP), nimble handling, and a user-friendly boot".

Mercedes-Benz's fourth-generation plug-in hybrids will also be available in the near future. With an electric output of 127bhp and an all-electric range of around 100km, the plug-in hybrid C-Class can also operate in all-electric mode without using the combustion engine at all. Clever positioning of the larger battery with an increased capacity means there is no longer a step in the boot and through-loading is now possible.

The suspension of the new C-Class offers comfort and sporty handling
The C-Class features a new four-link axle at the front and a multi-link axle at the rear mounted to a subframe, providing the basis for a high level of suspension, ride and noise comfort, agile handling and driving fun. It is also optionally available with continuously adjustable damping and a sport suspension, with air suspension at the rear standard for the plug-in hybrid models. Rear-axle steering is also optionally available for even more agility and reduction in turning circle.

The C-Class is equipped with the latest generation of Driving Assistance Package, which offers advanced functions to ensure a comfortable and safe drive. These includes the Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC that can automatically maintain a preset distance from vehicle ahead and respond to stationary vehicles on the road, Active Steering Assist that helps the driver to stay in lane as well as Traffic Sign Assist that recognises signs on overhead gantries and at roadworks.

The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class is expected to be available in Singapore in Q4 2021.

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