The new 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 200 Avantgrade launched at INR 40.90 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). This new Mercedes-Benz C-Class is longer and wider than the outgoing model and bears a strong resemblance to the bigger and more expensive S-Class. The car gets a new front grille, redesigned front bumper, 17 inch twin 5 spoke alloy wheels, a chrome band that connects the two chrome encapsulated tailpipes and a new, small diffuser. This car clearly shows to the world that the C-Class has grown up and received a new identity.
Step inside and you immediately feel the quality. Everything that you see or touch is made solidly using top notch materials. The seat upholstery and the new 3 spoke multi function steering wheel are swathed in nappa leather, the buttons on the centre console and door panels are made from aluminium, and the centre console itself is finished in wood. For that added ambience once night falls, the interior has ambient LED lighting in the dashboard, door panels and in the footwells.
Mercedes-Benz has given the new C-Class a touchpad, which turned out to be a very nifty feature. You operate it by running your fingers across it in much the same way as you would use a smartphone. With the touchpad, a whole plethora of functions can be controlled without too much effort such as the navigation module, phone, internet and the 20 disc sound system.
Full LED Lighting
The headlamp clusters are full LED units and have LED daytime running lights incorporated into them. The tail lights also are fully LED units that have lower power consumption but perform better than the regular bulbs used earlier. LEDs are present everywhere on this car, making their way even into the turn indicators integrated into the rear view mirrors. Both the headlights and the tail lamps also make use of fibre optic technology.
The new C-Class comes equipped with the latest gen COMAND that includes an internet browser, Mercedes-Benz apps, navigation, weather details and so on. The audio system can be an optional Burmester unit with 13 speakers, internet radio and support for MP3, bluetooth and iPod integration. All of this can be controlled using the touchpad and a free-standing, high resolution display mounted on top of the centre console.
The latest iteration of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class will be put on sale first with a 2.0 litre, in line 4 cylinder petrol engine that delivers 181 bhp to the wheels. This engine, coupled with a 7G-Tronic Plus 7 speed automatic transmission, is capable of accelerating this car from a standstill to 100 kph in 7.3 seconds and take it all the way to a top speed of 235 kph. Equally impressive is the fact that it can return a fuel economy figure of 14.74 kpl, not that you would really care if you could buy a Mercedes!
All in all, this new C-Class is an improvement over the older C-Class in almost every way. This car will continue up the same successful path that Mercedes-Benz has always travelled with the C-Class in India.