10 million is not a small number but that is exactly the number of C-Class cars that have been sold ever since its debut in 1982. Dubbed as the 'baby Benz', the Mercedes-Benz C-Class has been successful all over the world including India. Naturally a celebration was in order and Mercedes chose to celebrate it in a way it knows best. What you see here then is the C-Class Edition C of which only 500 units are there, so what is special about this C-Class? Let us tell you...
From the pictures you can see that this is no ordinary C-Class, instead this one has been to the gym and back. The folks at AMG seemed to have sprinkled some of their goodness onto the C-class and boy does it look good! In short the Edition C looks stunning and has a lot more swagger and muscle than before.
To summarise the exterior styling changes include
1. AMG body styling with front and rear apron and side sill panels
2. Radiator grille with chrome trim finished in high gloss black
3. Fins in high-gloss black
4. Black 2-tone 17-inch 5-spoke light-alloy wheels
5. Dark-tinted headlamps
6. Chromed tailpipe trims
7. ‘Edition C’ badging
Thanks to the AMG styling the front looks mean and coupled with the usual DRL's, dark tinted headlamps the Edition C looks sporty. Move to the rear and the same AMG treatment is also given here with the chrome exhaust looking very cool indeed. Our favourite bit however are the gorgeous Black 2-tone 17-inch 5-spoke alloys. There is of course the Edition C badging to remind you how special this car is.
These changes completely transform the looks of the C-Class and everywhere we went it got a lot of stares and craned necks.
Just like the exterior the interior is all sporty and thankfully there are no traditional colours or any sign of wood trim here. The aluminium trim on the dash looks good and the sporty three-spoke steering (in Nappa leather with contrasting topstitching) feels great to hold. There is an 11.4cm multifunctional colour display in the instrument cluster plus there is Navigation.
What you will notice first however is the black sport seats in ARTICO / DINAMICA microfibre with two-tone contrasting topstitching in blue/alpaca grey and dark aluminium trim. These seats look great and are very comfortable. In-fact to complement the aluminium trim and enhance the sportiness, even the velour floor mats have contrasting topstitching in alpaca grey. The quality, fit and finish is just spectacular and the cabin is just a special place to be in.
Mighty fun. If we had to summarise how the Edition C drives that is what we would say. It drives as well as it looks and with 172 horses and 400Nm of torque available it feels fast. The engine here is a 4 cylinder 2143 cc unit and despite our hard driving the fuel needle just refused to budge! The Edition C also has a start/stop system.
Back to the engine and it sounds good plus the 7G-Tronic PLUS automatic transmission is responsive though paddle sifters were missed. The steering is direct and the car does like corners. To get the best out of this car though you have to use Sport mode as the throttle response is toned down in Eco. Now you might think that the wider 245/40 R 17 tyres completely spoil the handling but you are wrong, granted the ride is not as good as the standard C-Class but it is not bone-jarring at all.
Price and Value
The Edition C is priced at Rs. 39.16 lakhs ex-showroom Mumbai and is limited to only 500 units which makes this one exclusive Merc. Along with all the features discussed in detail earlier the Edition C just like any Merc is loaded with safety features like six airbags, ATTENTION ASSIST drowsiness detection, Brake Assist System (BAS), Acceleration Skid Control (ASR), Electronic Stability Program (ESP), crash responsive pedals, tyre pressure loss warning etc
The C-Class Edition C tugs at the heartstrings unlike any other C-Class and for that alone it gets a thumbs up from our side. The Edition C feels special in every way and just about manages to justify its price plus the fact that this is an exclusive model only sweetens the deal.