South Africa – Mercedes-Benz is extending its range with the new C-Class Estate models scheduled to arrive in SA in October this year – the company announced today. The new models provide a tangible feeling of modern luxury.
According to the company spokesperson, the order book is now open at Mercedes-Benz dealerships nationally, and customers can configure their estate of choice either at a dealership or electronically. The C 180 will cost you around R447 600, the C 200 R468 300 and R558 400 for the C 250 BlueTEC.
The dimensions of the new C-Class Estate have grown considerably. With an 80-millimetre increase in the wheelbase (2840 millimetres) compared with the previous model, the vehicle is 96 millimetres longer and 40 millimetres wider. A resulting 45-millimetre increase in legroom primarily benefits the rear-seat passengers. There is also more interior width and headroom than before.
The growth spurt also involves the load compartment. The sporty rear of the new C-Class Estate provides a maximum load capacity of 1510 litres (according to ISO 3832), which is ten litres more than the previous model. The load compartment volume behind the rear seats has increased by five litres to 490 litres.
The new C-Class Estate is a visual treat with its modern, dynamic design that at the same time exudes sensual purity, arouses emotions and, to top it all off, present high-tech in perfect fashion. Customers can choose from two fronts – AVANTGARDE with the sports grille or – reserved solely for the EXCLUSIVE Line – the luxury grille with the Mercedes-Benz star on the bonnet.
Unusual for a vehicle with a focus on a high level of functionality is the Estate’s high-value interior, which was adopted from the sedan. With straightforward sportiness, thrilling flowing lines and high-grade materials on the level of a luxury vehicle, the ambience is modern, luxurious and at the same time sporty. In addition to the base model, there are also three distinct design and equipment lines each for the exterior and interior.
Another new feature isthe touchpad in the new C-Class Estate developed by Mercedes-Benz. As on a smartphone, all the head unit functions can be operated using finger gestures. There is also a head-up display which puts important information directly in the driver’s field of vision.
Thanks to innovative solutions the bodyshell of the new C-Class Estate weighs less. Its exceptional rigidity provides the basis for outstanding vehicle handling and best noise and vibration comfort, as well as a high level of crash safety. With an aluminium content of 49 percent and a gross vehicle weight that is now up to 65 kilograms less, the Estate is the lightweight construction leader in its segment.
The powerful and efficient petrol and diesel engines with ECO start/stop function ensure sporty performance and driving enjoyment. Compared with the predecessor, in some cases they consume up to 20 percent less fuel.
The C 180 Estate with its 4-cylinder engine offers 115 kW of power and 250 Nm of torque and emits 132 CO2 emissions. Alongside this petrol variant is the C 200 Estate has 135 kW of power and 300 Nm of torque. The economical C 250 BlueTEC diesel model has 150 kW of power and 500 Nm of torque, whilst emitting 124 g/km of CO2.
Estate customers will have a choice of two versions of the standard-specification steel suspension, which also includes a sporty set-up. As an alternative, for the first time Mercedes-Benz offers an air suspension in this segment. The AIRMATIC air suspension manages to bridge the gap between a high level of ride comfort and dynamic, agile handling.
The C-Class Estate comes standard with the class-leading PremiumDrive 6-years/100 000 km maintenance plan requiring no customer contribution.