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New Mercedes C-Class Details | Industry News

Mercedes fifth generation C-Class is now available to order with prices starting from €53,350 for the C180 petrol version. The new C-Class faces a wider field of competition than ever before. Not only is it up against the 3 Series and A4, you now have the Tesla Model 3, Polestar 2 and continuing onslaught of SUVs encroaching on every model class.

Petrol versions of the new C-Class use a new-generation 48-volt system with a new belt driven starter-generator unit, delivering a 20bhp boost when required, and 200Nm of torque if necessary. It also enables seamless engine shut-off and start-up for emissions-free coasting. The petrol line-up starts with 201bhp and 300Nm with 0-100 km/h taking 7.3 seconds. There are two confirmed plug-in hybrid versions of the C-Class available at a later date, and hot AMG versions are also expected to follow. Surprisingly the C 220 d is still predicted to be the best-selling version of the C-Class and is also available in the more basic Sport trim level. Rear-axle air suspension will now only be offered on plug-in hybrid versions and will be standard on the C 300 e.

Standard equipment on all models includes a new portrait-orientated touchscreen infotainment system and a digital instrument panel. Sport versions also feature LED headlights with high beam assist, cruise control, adaptive comfort suspension and luxuries such as heated seats, two-zone climate control and driver assistance features such as active lane keep assist.

Inside the cabin is S-Class-inspired, with a new dashboard layout and a split deck with rounded air vents and the new central control hub, with the whole dashboard angled towards the driver.

AMG Line models come with a sportier AMG bodykit, 18” wheels, privacy glass and a sports steering wheel trimmed in Nappa leather. AMG Line Premium model includes the Memory package for the seats, steering column and exterior mirrors, also there’s adaptive LED headlights, augmented reality nav, a 360-degree camera system and cabin cosseting ambient lighting and illuminated treadplates.

The front of the C-Class is heavily inspired by the E-Class, with a new grille and full LED headlights front and rear. The C-Class saloon’s compact, sportier nature is helped by a small integrated lip spoiler and the boot space comes in at 455 litres seats up and 1,510 litres seats down.

The new CLE replaces the Coupé and convertible versions.