The new C-Class Estate sees Mercedes-Benz extending its portfolio of exclusive lifestyle vehicles from October 2014. What this new model has in common with its highly successful sedan sibling is a clear yet emotional and sporty design along with innovative engineering. Technical features include efficient, new engines and high-quality, refined interiors giving a tangible feeling of modern luxury.
The C-Class Estate also shines due to its large cargo volume and high level of variability.
“South Africans are known for their active lifestyle and we see this new C-Class Estate, similar to its predecessors, also becoming a popular choice among customers. Mercedes-Benz offers three model derivatives for customers to select; the C 180 and the C 200 petrol models and the economical diesel model, the C 250 BlueTEC,” says Selvin Govender, Divisional Manager, Product and Marketing, Mercedes-Benz Cars.
“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, on the Mercedes-Benz website (www.mercedes-benz.co.za),” adds Govender.
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.
Dynamic and of high value
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.
Less weight, more comfort
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.
Efficient, sporty engines
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.
Fulfilling your wish list
The new C-Class Estate features new exterior and interior line concepts and combinations identical to the sedan model. The lines available are; Standard Exterior and Standard interior, Exclusive exterior with exclusive interior, AVANTGARDE exterior with AVANTGARDE interior and the popular AMG Line Exterior with AMG Line interior equipment. Additional to these combinations, the AVANTGARDE Exterior equipment can be combined with the Exclusive Interior and the AMG Line Exterior with the AVANTGARDE interior equipment.
Further supplements and be made to the existing Exterior Sports package and AMG Line design and equipment lines and, as the expression of exclusive sportiness and dynamism, increases the potential for individualisation.
The usual high Mercedes-Benz standard of safety
Top-class safety is a feature of the C-Class Estate and the latest safety systems, COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS and ATTENTION ASSIST is already part of the standard equipment. It can help to avoid rear-end collisions – by way of autonomous brake application if necessary.
The latest assistance systems from the S-Class and E-Class are also available as optional extras. These include DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist and Stop&Go Pilot, BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist, PRE-SAFE® Brake with pedestrian detection, PRE-SAFE® PLUS, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Traffic Sign Assist and Active Parking Assist with PARKTRONIC including parking in end-on spaces.
A Bluetooth®-compatible mobile phone with data option is all it takes to make the Audio 20 system or optional COMAND ONLINE system internet-capable. This enables the internet to be surfed without restrictions when the vehicle is stationary. External audio devices such as an iPod® or iPhone® may be connected via the standard and integral Media Interface.
Orders can be placed for the C-Class Estate with immediate effect at all Mercedes-Benz dealerships throughout Southern Africa. The entry-level price for the new C-Class Estate is R447 600 (including VAT and excluding CO2 emission tax) for the C 180 Estate.
Prices* for the C-Class Estate:
As with all Mercedes-Benz passenger cars, the C-Class Estate comes standard with the class-leading PremiumDrive 6-years/100 000 km maintenance plan requiring no customer contribution.
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*Prices apply to South Africa and include 14% VAT but excl. CO2 emission tax