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A review of the new Mercedes C-Class

Mercedes-Benz launched the new facelifted C-Class on the 1sy of September. The new C-Class’s front end looks similar to the newly launched CLS type. The car is robust and is made, built to last for years.

The quality is top notch with superior build quality. The rear quarter of the car remains mostly unchanged except for the LED tail lights which give the car a distinctive look especially at the night.

The day time running lights inside the headlamp cluster as well as the bumpers gives the car a more luxurious look. The head clusters look much better than the previous car and adds a sporty feel to the car. The projectors too adjust with loads on the car. It keeps on changing positions on turns and makes sure that the oncoming traffic doesn’t get the dazzled.

The side profile of the car is the most appealing part of the car. The sharp cuts look classy and understated. The Tail lamps now are fitted with LED’s. The indicators, brake lights are LED’s which look really attractive. The dual exhausts make it look even sportier. The panarominc sunroofs adds more beauty to the car and is painted black which really attracts many heads. The model Avantgarde in White looks really luxurious and would be our best pick.

The car features Merc’s patented, BlueEfficiency technology which is written on the front fenders.

Get inside the car, and you will be welcomed by the soft touch, leather wrapped plastics which feel very good to hold. The dashboard is made up of top most quality.

 The seats are comfortable, but little more under thigh support would have been better. The seats are electrically adjustable on both the drivers and passengers’ side. The new steering design is the best we liked about the new C-Class.

With completely redesigned dashboard with integrated central display, new instrument cluster with colour display, high-grade trim and a wide choice of colours and materials for the line-specific interior appointments. The dashboard draws lots of clues from the BMW design and the extreme left and right AC vents are the same from the Chevy Cruze. They look the same.

The car is very solid. The doors close with a THUD. The door trims are also made from high quality leather.

Come to the rear seat and you’ll be amazed. The car feels quite bigger than say, a Skoda Laura, but Laura has acre’s of room more than the C-Class. The rear seems to be a bit cramped for its size and the hump in the middle further adds to the crampness which makes the car good only for 4 people. The rear seats also feature AC vents, Sun shades. The rear sunblind can be operated with flick of a button.

 The sound system in the car is one of the best-est in terms of quality available. The sound is just terrific, probably one of the best offered by OEM’s. The speakers do not crack even at very loud volume. The Bass is very good and overall rating for the system will be 9/10.

The car in terms of space is nothing more than a Skoda Laura. But as we say, German Engineering, they even note smallest of the smallest detail.

The C-Class will feature – Attention Assist and Parktronic including Parking Guidance for the first time ever in its segments.

AGILITY CONTROL package with the selective damping system, provides a customised style of vehicle handling, showcasing the vehicle’s technological prowess. With functions such as PRE SAFE and NECK PRO, ADAPTIVE BRAKE with ABS and ASR, brake drying function and hill start assist, Thermatic Cruise control, fog lamps and rain sensors the car offers outstanding levels of safety for the passengers.

Some features which it offers are-

1) Day time running lights

2) Intelligent light system (adaptive headlights)

3) Panoramic sunroof

4) Attention assist

5) Agility control

6) Selective damping system

7) Braking drying function

Adaptive brakes (ABS and ASR)

9) Hill climb assist

10) Pre Safe

11) Neck Pro

12) Advanced parking guide system

The new C-Class is priced at Rs 29.79-lakh for the petrol variant and Rs 32.30-lakh for the diesel variant (all ex-showroom, New Delhi).

The two engine options available are-

1) Mercedes Benz C 200 BlueEFFICIENCY (P):

Mercedes-Benz C-Class facelift is powered by a 1796cc engine that generates 186-hp of power at 5600rpm and 285Nm of torque at 2400-4000rpm. It is matted to 7-speed automatic transmission.

2) Mercedes-Benz C 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY (Diesel):

Mercedes Benz C-Class facelift is powered by a 2143cc engine that generates 204-hp of power at 4200rpm and 500Nm of torque at 1600-1800rpm. It is matted to 5-speed automatic transmission.

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