Mercedes C-Class W206
New Mercedes C-Class W206 Expands the Comfort Zone
The all-new New Mercedes C-Class W206 has been revealed and it brings new-age Benz styling to the sport-luxury sedan segment
The new w206 Mercedes c-class is larger, curvier, smarter, and more electrified than ever. New styling, many new features, and an enhanced user interface are on offer. At launch, there are three petrol and two diesel powertrains, all fourcylinder, turbocharged units with EQ Boost and they will be followed by plug-in hybrid petrol and diesel models as well as an allnew four-cylinder AMG model. That’s right. The new Mercedes C-Class will have only
four-cylinder units and nine-speed autos across the range.
But, first, the design. Now reminiscent of the new S-Class, the new C-Class grille sees a large star at the centre, a new set of narrow-eyed Multibeam Led projector headlights with one LED bar accent, and the new outward and forward-sweeping taillights, complementing the flowing appearance with a sweeping shoulder-line.
The curved roof-line lends it a sporty stance while liberating occupant room. Overall, it’s 65 millimetres longer with a 25-mm longer wheelbase, 10 mm wider, a bit lower, and offers a 455-litre boot, complete with a powered boot-lid. Inside, there’s a large 10.25-inch or a full S-Class-like 12.3-inch MBUX that gives access to all vehicle functions, joined by a large centre touchscreen, 9.5-inch standard or an optional 11.9-inch unit. There’s more evident ambient lighting in the trim outline, air vents, dash, and door-panels. Optional features include four-zone climate control and heated rear seats. Safety-wise, there’s lane-keep assist, collision mitigation, and a parking camera, with dynamics aided by optional rear-wheel steering.
The engine choice includes a four-pot spread and all units — at launch, three petrols and two diesels — are electrified with a 48-volt electrical system. The petrols are the C 180, C 200, and C 300. The first two use a 1.5-litre unit while the C 300 packs the M254-series 2.0-litre unit. The two diesels, the C 220 d and C 300 d, both use the updated “OM654 M” now displacing 1,992 cc with higher output.
The biggest change is the secondgeneration integrated starter/generator (ISG), aka EQ Boost, that now adds up to 15 kW (20 hp) and 200 Nm and also allows for a glide function for further fuel-saving when coasting. Another innovation, with help from the AMG F1 team, is the segment charger
with a flow connection — an advancement of twin-scroll technology for a quicker response.
The C 180 now makes 170 hp and 250 Nm. The C 200 has 204 hp and 300 Nm and is available with 4MATIC all-wheel drive. The C 300 makes 258 hp and 400 Nm and is also available with 4MATIC. The new C 220 d produces 200 hp and 440 Nm. The C 300 d makes 265 hp and 550 Nm. Both diesels are
only rear-wheel driven as of now.
In the future, there will be EQ Power plugin hybrid models in both petrol and diesel. The e-motor is upgraded to a 95-kW unit good for 129 hp and 440 Nm. A larger 25.4-kWh battery pack offers a range of more than 100 kilometres. Expect startling efficiency. On the flip side, there will be a new AMG model with four cylinders and 9G-MCT with 4MATIC+. An AMG C 45 with the M139 and 421 hp? Surely, much more.
The outgoing C 63 makes 476 hp and the C 63 S has 510. There’s buzz about a 500+hp hybridized version with F1-style multiple motor assist — all vier-zylinder electrified