MERCEDES-BENZ has unveiled its latest compact luxury C-Class in Singapore. At first glance, it looks suspiciously similar to the outgoing model. It wasn’t a major facelift, for sure. According to its maker, the changes are subtle. In fact, most of the upgrades are down to the features and electronic architecture of the car. What gave the car away is the redesign work on the front of the vehicle as well as the design of the headlamps and tail lamps.
Mercedes-Benz first introduced the C-Class in 1993 as a compact luxury replacement for the outgoing 190 E. Now into its fifth year of production, the C-Class has been, and still is, the most successful model and possibly the bread and butter of the brand. In the last four years, it sold a combined total of over 415,000 units worldwide. There are many factors that made it a best seller even by industry standards, however, it’s in part thanks to the wide range of offerings which includes two sporty two-door version (the coupé launched at the end of 2015 and the cabriolet has been available since the summer of 2016), and a four-door beefed up AMG version.
The Variants (C200, C300, C180)
A new generation of 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engines version is available with three different output variants. The C200 armed with 135 kW/184 horsepower at 280Nm is also equipped with a onr of a kind drive system, and a 48-volt onboard electrical setup (EQ Boost), which offers an additional charge of 10kW (14horsepower) for a more rapid response while waiting for the turbocharge to build up to full charge. The combination helps to reduce fuel consumption while maintaining comfort and agility while driving.
The other two new two-litre models are the C300 configured with 190 kW and 258 horsepower at 370 Nm and a modest basic petrol model the C180 with 115 kW and 156 horsepower at 250 Nm.
Mercedes-AMG: More performance for the C 43 4MATIC
One of the most of the most prized series in the Merc stable is the hyped-up performance-driven versions from AMG. Launched in 2015, the Mercedes-AMG C 43 4Matic is a prime example of what a performance model should be. The current breed of the C 43 is built with V6 bi-turbo engine is fast, responsive and agile. The two turbochargers are especially spontaneous with an increased output of 23 horsepower to 390 horsepower and a peak torque of 520 Nm from 2500 to 5000 rpm.
It races from 0 to 100km/h in 4.7 seconds and clocks in at a top speed, (electronically capped) of 250km/h. Combined with the AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission and advanced software, the dashing speedster achieves very short shift times with dynamic response on the road.
The new-look C-Class is defined in particular by its front and the design of the headlamps and tail lights. With the model facelift, the Saloon features the diamond grille as standard in combination with AMG Line and the front bumpers have been redesigned for all lines. The C-Class models come with LED High-Performance headlamps and for the first time in this model, series adopted multibeam LED headlamps with Ultra range high beam (optional). As compared to the previously available LED Intelligent Light System, the new system offers junction light, roundabout light, city light, and bad-weather light.
The interior of the new C-Class is characteristic of the brand’s luxurious layout out and fancy offerings including a digital cockpit (31.2 cm), larger media display (26 cm), and new multifunction steering wheel with touch control buttons. The ambience lighting with 64 colours creates a lounge-like atmosphere while energizing comfort control works to enhance the driver’s well-being and fitness. For the audiophiles, an optional sound system with nine loudspeakers at an output of 225 W is available, or choose between the standard sound system or the Burmester surround sound system.
The new C-Class has one of the most innovative driving assistance systems. The new setup offers Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC and Active Steering Assist to provide greater comfortable support for the driver in steering and keeping a safe distance.