Text: Vince Pornelos / Photos: Mercedes-Benz | posted December 16, 2013 18:26
Gasoline, diesel, hybrid versions promised
Mercedes-Benz is finishing the year on a high, as the German automaker has revealed the next iteration of the best selling C-Class sedan online.
The new W205 C-Class takes over the reins of the previous W204 that has been on sale since 2007 and underwent a facelift in 2011. Mercedes isn't calling the W205 an 'all new' model, though it appears to be carrying very little from the previous W204. The wheelbase is longer by 80mm, the body is 95mm longer and 40mm wider.
On the outside, the new C-Class gets the styling cues that debuted with models like the new A-Class, updated E-Class and S-Class. Mercedes states that the W205 has a 'striking, dynamic design [that] exudes sensual purity and arouses emotions'.
"The new C-Class showcases automotive passion by way of a contemporary design idiom,” said Gorden Wagener, Vice President Design Daimler AG. “Progressive and emotional highlights underscore the ground-breaking design style of the new C-Class and demonstrate sensual purity. The new C-Class interprets modern luxury on a new level.”
From the previous model, the new Mercedes C-Class comes in three distinct 'lines': the Exclusive Line (luxury oriented), the Avantgarde Line (more modern) and the AMG Line (more aggressive and sporty). Mercedes also points out how the C-Class can be specified with LED headlamps as a replacement of the standard HID headlamps and on top of the standard LED taillights and running lamps.
Mercedes designers also reshaped and remodeled the interior to conform to their newer design standards; Mercedes states that the new interior 'embodies a new design idiom which combines sensuousness and purity perfectly with dynamic sportiness and contributes to the quality feel of the interior'.
At the center of the dashboard is a 'floating' LCD that measures 7 inches standard or 8.4 inches if COMAND Online is ordered as an option. Other design touches include the 5 round A/C vents, a new touchpad interface on the center armrest and even a heads up display.
Mercedes also wants to set a new standard in safety, as the W205 gets Mercedes Intelligent Drive with Attention Assist, Collision Prevention Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Parking Assist, a new brake assist system and other clever technologies. On top of that, the new model gets new airbags such as pelvisbags for the two front occupants, a new windowbag, sidebags for the rear seats and a kneebag.
For driving dynamics, the C-Class gets a new electromechanical Direct Steer system that senses the speed and adjusts the ratio accordingly and the Direct Control suspension. The Direct Control suspension offers selective damping with comfort, the sportier avantgarde suspension or the sport suspension that lowers the car by 15mm. Customers can also specify the C-Class to have the air suspension system; a first in its class.
Gasoline and diesel engines will be available with Eco start/stop and Euro 6 emissions. For starters, Mercedes will offer the W205 as the C220 Bluetec (2.1L diesel, 170 PS, 400 Nm, 0-100 km/h in 8.1 seconds), the C180 (1.6L gasoline turbo, 156 PS, 250 Nm, 0-100 km/h in 8.2 seconds) and the C200 (2.0L gasoline turbo, 184 PS, 300 Nm, 0-100 km/h in 7.5 seconds). The gasoline engines get direct injection as well. 6-speed manual and improved 7-speed automatic transmissions will be available.
On top of that, Mercedes is promising a new supercharged 1.6 liter diesel with 115 PS or 136 PS. A hybrid is also in the works, to be known as the C300 BlueTEC hybrid.