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Mercedes-Benz has lifted the covers off the all new Mercedes-Benz C-Class, with two trims currently available at launch - AMG Line and Avantgarde.

14 Jan 2022 | Local News : Singapore

Welcome to a new, even more digital and efficient world, and welcome home, your personal universe: The all new Mercedes-Benz C-Class is now here in Singapore, and it in all respects creates a future-proof comfort zone in a time of widespread transformation. As the first classic model series from Mercedes-Benz, the new C-Class is electrified throughout its model range, thanks to plug-in hybrids and mild hybrids with 48V technology and an integrated starter-generator. The car's highly efficient battery system achieves an electric range of over 100km (WLTP) as a plug-in hybrid which, according to Mercedes, should arrive sometime next month.

Design wise, the C-Class is highly appealing. It already looks to be in motion at a standstill with its dynamic proportions, thanks to the combination of short front overhang, long wheelbase and rear overhang. The sporty bonnet powerdomes that come standard accentuates this urge of forward motion. With a length of 4,751mm and a width of 1,820mm, the new C-Class is considerably larger than its predecessors. The wheelbase has also increased by 25mm to 2,865mm, which allows both the front and rear passengers to enjoy more space.

The diamond grille on the AMG Line comes with the star design in chrome
The brand's hallmark radiator grille characterises the front. All models feature a central star, with the design and character of the radiator grille differing in the details. In the Avantgarde line, there are additional decorative elements in the louvres, while the radiator grille and front apron feature chrome surrounds. The distinguishing feature of the AMG Line is the diamond grille with the star design in chrome.

Three new paint finishes - spectral blue, high-tech silver and opalite white - have also been added to the colour range.

The preceding model was already a great step forward in terms of a high-value appeal in the interior, and the new C-Class goes even further with respect to modern luxury. The interior adopts highlights from the new S-Class, while adding a sporty touch of its own. The dashboard and the portrait-orientated central display, which has a screen diagonal of 11.9-inches as standard, are slightly tilted towards the driver by six degrees, which makes the cockpit more driver-focused than before.

The dashboard and the central display are tilted towards the driver by six degrees
The driver area also features a high-resolution 12.3-inch LCD screen. It is free-standing, and appears to float in front of the wing profile. This sets the driver display apart from traditional cockpits with classic round dials.

The special design of the comfort or sport seats of the new C-Class uses layers and enveloping surfaces to create a visual impression of lightness. The head restraints are a completely new design and are attached to the backrest with a sealed piece of trim under which the adjustment mechanism is located.

A dashboard covered with man-made leather and featuring nappa-look beltlines is available for the C-Class (optional equipment, standard with AMG Line). The range of available trim showcases innovative surfaces. These include new interpretations of open-pored veneers in brown tones and a black, open-pored wood veneer featuring fine inlays of genuine aluminium that follow the dashboard's contours.

The new C-Class comes with the second generation MBUX infotainment system
Like the new S-Class flagship, the new C-Class is equipped with the second generation MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) infotainment system. The vehicle interior becomes even more digital and intelligent, as both the hardware and software have made great strides: Brilliant images on the LCD screens make it easy to control vehicle and comfort functions.

Best of all, the software for the MBUX system will always be kept up-to-date. 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 user then has to agree explicitly to its activation again. In this way the vehicle is always up-to-date. Features which have not even been invented yet can also be installed by means of Over-the-Air updates in vehicles already sold. To transfer the data, Mercedes-Benz relies on mobile communications technology and the communication module installed in the vehicle due to the high security standard.

Both the C180 and C200 are equipped with a 1.5-litre four-cylinder powerplant
Currently at launch, there are a couple of models available - the C180 AMG Line as well as the C200 Avantgarde. The C180 is equipped with a 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine that puts out 168bhp and 250Nm of torque to the rear wheels via the 9G-Tronic gearbox. The C180 will complete the century sprint in 8.6 seconds, before reaching a top speed of 231km/h. 

The C200, on the other hand - while sporting the same 1.5-litre four cylinder engine - will pump out 200bhp and 300Nm of torque and will finish the century sprint in just 7.3 seconds. It has a top speed of 246km/h.

More interestingly, Fourth generation plug-in hybrids will follow soon after the launch. With an electric motor output of 95kW/(127bhp) and an all-electric range of over 100km (WLTP) - thanks to the battery that has a total capacity of 25.4kWh - the C-Class plug-in hybrid models will operate in many cases and on many days in all-electric mode without ever using the combustion engine.

With its ambient lighting, the cabin looks like a million bucks
The high energy density of the hybrid traction head is achieved using a permanently excited synchronous motor with internal rotor. The 440Nm peak torque of the electric motor is ready to go right from the start, resulting in high agility when moving off, along with dynamic driving performance. The full electric power is available up to 140km/h, at which point it is softly capped.

The high-voltage battery has been developed in-house by Mercedes-Benz AG. It consists of 96 cells in a so-called pouch configuration. When the battery is completely discharged, it can be fully charged in around 30 minutes with the 55kW DC charger. A standard-fit 11kW charger is available for AC charging.

The positioning of the battery in the vehicle brings advantages on a day-to-day basis compared with the previous model: There is no longer a step in the boot, and through-loading is now possible. Air suspension and level control at the rear are standard.

*Prices for the new C-Class start from $247,888, with models available at launch currently priced at:

Car Model Price as of press time (inclusive of COE)
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Mild Hybrid C180 AMG Line (A) $255,888
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Mild Hybrid C200 Avantgarde (A) $279,888

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