Mercedes positions C-Class as sportier S-Class

To cut CO2 emissions and improve fuel economy, the C-Class drops six- and eight-cylinder engines, offering only four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines with fuel-saving hybrid technology.  

The C-Class’s fourth-generation plug-in hybrid drivetrain has an electric-only range of 100 km (62 miles) under WLTP tests, which Mercedes’ says it the longest range of any plug-in currently on the market. The mild hybrid versions will have a 48-volt on-board electrical system. The output of the 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engine paired with a nine-speed gearbox ranges from 168 hp to 262 hp.

Safety equipment includes an optional intelligent Digital Light feature that projects the headlight beams on the road guide lines in construction areas or warning symbols.

To give the vehicle greater agility, the C-Class can also be upgraded to include rear-axle steering. At speeds below 60 kph (37 mph), the rear wheels steer in the opposite direction to the front wheels and at speeds above 60 kph, the rear wheels steer in the same direction as the front wheels. Both features virtually shorten the wheelbase and make the vehicle sportier and more responsive.

The C-Class’s wheelbase has increased by 25 mm to 2865 mm, giving front and rear passengers more room.

The C-Class is Mercedes’ best-selling vehicle globally, with China its largest market since 2016.

Both the sedan and wagon versions can be ordered from March 30 and will arrive in European showrooms in the summer.

The C-Class will be built in in Bremen, Germany, Beijing and East London, South Africa. The U.S. will mainly be supplied from the South Africa plant after Mercedes stopped producing the car in Vance, Alabama, to focus on crossovers.

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