THE NEW C-CLASS - A CLASS ABOVE
For some time now Mercedes-Benz has been leading the charge when it comes to the Indian luxury car market. With a slew of new launches, the company has been upping its game in India and recently brought in its new C-Class facelift. The new sedan features over 6,500 new parts and has changed by around 50 % over the initial variant.
The new C-Class does have some subtle differentiators, but the major changes have been made on the electrical framework of the sedan. The new C-Class also brings in the BS VI compliant OM 654 diesel engine. Along with many more functions and features borrowed from higher spec models. Mercedes is offering the new C-Class in a 220 d and 300 d variants, the latter featuring a more powerful engine tune.
EXTERIOR DESIGN & DIMENSIONS
The new facelift is quite like the outgoing model and does sport a few elements that enables it to stand out from its competitors. The fascia on the C 220 d variant which we had with us for a review gets dynamic looking LED headlamps. The C 300 d, on the other hand, comes with a multi-beam LED setup with projector lamps.
The new C-Class looks strikingly similar to the S-Class and now also gets some functionality from its elder sibling, more on that later. The body has ample chrome garnishing with curvy proportions on the exterior, adding a bit of oomph to the saloon. The fascia is broad but the C 220 d misses out on the studded grille and comes with a two slat unit with integrated chrome bits, housing the Tri-Star logo.
The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class features a rear bumper with a black diffuser, which adds more to the sedan’s modish appeal. Other features include auto dimming exterior rear view mirror on the driver side and a suspension setup with a better clearance. The rear features LED tail lamps that add a sport yet elegant flair, also bolstering the C-Class’s resemblance to the top of the line S-Class. The new C-Class facelift features five twin-spoke alloys that wear a glamorous look.
INTERIORS & FEATURES
Luxury and finesses are two words that can precisely define the dynamic interiors of the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The saloon is spacious on the inside and features an intricate use of metal, wood and other materials, all boasting of sophistication and class from every inch. The new C-Class also features a new steering wheel design with integrated touch sensitive buttons to control the various functions of the infotainment unit and more. Another addition to the new C-Class is a 10.25 inch display for the infotainment unit, also equipped with NTG telematics 5.5.
The cabin of the C-Class is spacious and roomy. A panoramic sunroof also adds to an airy feel inside the cabin. The wheelbase of the new C-Class measures 2,840 mm; this has catered to a good amount of cabin space for rear passengers. Mercedes has also offered a 64 ambient colour lighting function on the C-Class sedan. Other functionality includes multiple climates zones, electrically adjusted seats, automatic headlamps, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and much more.
THE NEW BS VI ENGINE – OM 654
Powering the new C 220 d and C 300 d is a 2.0 litre BS VI compliant four cylinder diesel engine. The mill is capable of 194 hp at 3,800 rpm and 400 Nm from 1,600 – 2,800 rpm. The C 220 d reaches a top speed of 232 km/h and can touch a 100 km/h from standstill in a matter of 7.9 seconds. The saloon accelerates in a smooth and calm manner when in comfort mode. Mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission, driving the new C 220 d feels like a breeze. Shift shock at part throttle is negligible and different drive modes cater to a varied drive experience.
The C 220 d rolls over bumps and breakers with grace and leaves occupants quite comfy inside. The suspension also caters to a smooth and balanced ride even at high speeds. Braking is catered to by a disc brake setup on each wheel. Braking is efficient and enhanced driver aides ensure optimum safety. The C 220 d also features other safety technology like a driver attention assist programme.
The steering setup on the saloon is light and caters to a sporty yet relaxed drive experience. The overall appeal of the Mercedes C-Class comes as a well-rounded luxurious package with just the right tricks and functions to enhance the ride experience.
The new C-Class has a few design updates, but a major technology overhaul under the hood. The new engine not only ensures the compliance to future emission norms but also caters to a sportier ride experience. With a few aesthetic changes and a boatload of luxury on the inside, the new Merecedes-Benz C-Class is set to continue wooing customers in the segment.