Mercedes-Benz South Africa has unveiled locally–produced C-Class range to the local market, offering new looks, safety, and performance.
The new C-Class has a strong South African flavour, while its new edition boasts a wealth of improvement.
In terms of its looks, the car features a redesigned front end, with new-design headlamps and tail lamps.
It was built in Mercedes-Benz East London plant.
Mercedes-Benz will invest R10-billion to expand the C-Class production plant in East London and to equip it for the future.
The decision to have the new generation of C-Class (W206) in East London re-affirms the plant and Mercedes-Benz commitment to South Africa.
“This investment represents Mercedes-Benz confidence in South Africa and its labour force for our popular C-Class range,” said Johannes Fritz, CO-CEO of Mercedes-Benz South Africa and Executive Director of Mercedes-Benz Cars.
The electronics are new, with safety and driver help systems now at the level of the flagship S‑Class series.
There are also new petrol and diesel engines across the range.
The current generation C-Class was Mercedes-Benz top-selling model, retailing over 415,000 cars worldwide in 2017.
Marketing Director of Mercedes-Benz Cars South Africa Selvin Govender said the secret of the C-Class’s success is partly down to the wide model range, including two sporty two-door versions: the Coupé and the Cabriolet, which have opened entire new audiences in the local market.
“South Africans just love the C-Class. This new model is our sportiest and most dynamic C-Class to date, and with its looks, safety and performance, we’re confident it will appeal to a broader audience than ever before,” said Govender.
The exterior: the best-looking C-Class yet?
The new-look C-Class boasts a striking new front and a new design of the headlamps and tail lights.
The sedan features the diamond grille as standard with the AMG Line, with front bumpers redesigned for all lines, and rear bumpers varying according to the selected equipment and engine variant.
The C-Class comes with LED High-Performance headlamps featuring a striking interior design. For the first time in this model series, MULTIBEAM LED headlamps with ULTRA RANGE high beam are available.
Interior design: exquisite fine-tuning
The new C-Class features a brand new electronic architecture, with the major addition being the latest Mercedes-Benz driving help systems.
This puts the new series on a par with the S-Class, providing a higher level of active safety than ever and the ability to drive semi-autonomously in even more situations.
It has also given the interior a facelift.
Its sporty interior’s centre console has an elegant flowing trim element, with the new materials: open-pore brown walnut or open-pore anthracite oak.
The new Multicontour Seat package now literally offers a massage: The driver can adjust the side bolster and lumber by means of an electrically driven pneumatic pump, with a massage effect in the lumbar area available through air chambers- inflate and deflate in a pulsing motion.
The car’s new display concept includes an optional, fully-digital 12.3-inch instrument cluster, and the upgraded infotainment system includes standard smartphone integration the driver can access through touch-sensitive controls in the steering wheel, which respond to swiping motions like the screen of a smartphone.
The operation of DISTRONIC and cruise control with controls directly on the steering wheel is another new feature.
New engines: electrification continues
The new C-Class sees the launch of a new generation of four-cylinder petrol engines.
There is a new 4-cylinder, 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine in the C200, with 9-speed automatic transmission across the range.
The 1.5-litre engine is supplemented with a 48-volt onboard network and the EQ Boost integrated starter-generator that produces an additional 10 kW and 160 Nm while accelerating.
There’s also a new-generation 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine in the C300, with outputs of 190kw and 370Nm.
The new 1.6-litre variant of the current diesel engine family will celebrate its world premiere in the C-Class. The C 220 d 4MATIC providing a healthy 143 kW and 400 Nm.
There’s also more performance for the mighty range-topping C43 4MATIC, which boasts a V6 bi-turbo engine that combines powerful output with low consumption and emissions.
For the new C-Class, the AMG development engineers have increased the output of the 3.0-litre V6 engine by 17 kW to 287 kW.
The peak torque of 520 Nm is available from 2500 to 5000 rpm.
This package allows impressive performance figures: the new C 43 4MATIC Sedan accelerates from a standstill to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds, with top speed electronically limited to 250 km/h.
Another new feature is the automatic notification if the vehicle suffers an impact caused by another vehicle when parked, is towed away or there is a break-in attempt.
The highly sensitive sensors of the standard “Anti-theft alarm system” can detect such situations and immediately send a “push notification” message to the Mercedes me App.
The optional feature includes the new sensors and the corresponding software.
|Sedan Coupe Cabriolet|
|C180 R586,500 C180 R666,000 C200 R793,500|
|C200 R613,500 C200 R766,000 C300 R884,000|
|Mercedes-AMG C43 Vehicle Pricing:|
|Sedan Coupe Cabriolet|
|R948,500 R983,500 R1,100,000|