We’ve seen the spy shots, the teasers, and even the leaked images forward of its premiere, however the wait is lastly over because the wraps formally come off the 2022 W206 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which makes its world debut in each sedan and S206 property kinds.
Whereas the fifth-generation mannequin to put on the C moniker might play it secure on the appears to be like entrance, there’s loads of new occurring underneath all that pores and skin, together with an improved hybrid path that takes the working vary to 100 km on electrical energy alone.
First, let’s speak concerning the dimensions. At 4,751 mm lengthy, 1,820 mm broad and 1,438 mm tall, the W206 is 65 mm longer than the W205, with the rise translating to an additional 10 mm within the entrance overhang, 30 mm within the wheelbase and 25 mm within the rear overhang. It’s additionally wider (+10 mm) and decrease (-9 mm) than the W205. At 2,865 mm, the wheelbase has additionally been elevated over the previous automobile, by 25 mm.
As revealed within the leaked pictures, the form of the brand new automobile – which is underpinned by the automaker’s second-generation MRA 2 platform – largely follows the design inclination taken by the W223 S-Class, mirroring the flagship’s slim headlamps and rakish tail lights and cutting down the proportions to a extra compact bundle.
No extra basic tri-star on prime of the bonnet, however no scarcity of grille designs choices
Three entrance ends can be found for the brand new C-Class, with totally different particulars within the grille designs – all now that includes a central tri-star – serving to to distinguish the variations in fast vogue.
The bottom mannequin options louvres, and transferring on to the Avantgarde line provides on further ornamental parts within the louvres, with the grille and entrance apron surrounds additionally wearing chrome. An AMG Line is the third, and that is distinguished by a hanging diamond grille, with the pin design that includes a three-pointed star sample completed in chrome.
On the again, the brand new tail lights are a two-piece design, with the sunshine features divided between the aspect wall and boot lid lamps. Line-specific trim within the rear bumper helps differentiate the totally different mannequin variations. Except for a number of wheel choices starting from 17- to 19-inch in dimension, the W206 additionally will get three new paint finishes, particularly Spectral Blue, Excessive-Tech Silver and Opalite White.
The general kind is arguably much less shapely – and visually hanging – than the W205, though if you happen to’re a fan of diminished strains this one might have robust enchantment. In any case, it could look simpler on the attention within the steel, as has been the case earlier than, so finest to not choose too rapidly. One factor that hasn’t modified is the pretend exhaust ideas, even on the AMG Line mannequin – the actual pipes are positioned behind, pointing downwards.
As for primary lighting, the brand new C-Class ships with LED Excessive Efficiency headlamps as commonplace, however a Digital Light system as seen on the S-Class is now out there for the automobile. The system incorporates a light-weight module with three extraordinarily highly effective LEDs in every headlamp, by which mild is refracted and directed by 1.Three million micro-mirrors. Except for offering high-resolution mild, the system additionally gives new features such because the projection of information strains or warning symbols onto the street forward.
Welcome to a brand new stage of digitalisation, and the world of massive central screens
Transfer inside and it’s the place all of the motion is, with an inside that borrows the show and working idea from the S-Class, the interpretation being sported up a bit by angling the dashboard and central show by six levels in the direction of the driving force.
There are many dazzling visible cues. The dashboard itself is split into an higher and a decrease part that flows right into a wing-like part with new, flattened spherical air vents, which the automaker says is harking back to plane engine nacelles.
As is the case, there isn’t a scarcity of inside trim choices, which embody new interpretations of open-pored veneers in brown tones and a black, open-pored wooden veneer that includes fantastic inlays of real aluminium that comply with the dashboard’s contours. A dashboard lined with man-made leather-based and nappa-look beltlines comes commonplace with the AMG Line, however may be specified as an choice in different variants.
As for the seats, non-obligatory Avantgarde or sport seats for the brand new automobile makes use of layers and enveloping surfaces to create a visible impression of lightness, and the top restraints are a very new design, connected to the backrest with a sealed piece of trim, underneath which the adjustment mechanism is positioned.
The instrument panel has been modernised to a free-standing, high-resolution LCD display screen, and right here, two dimension choices can be found, a 10.25-inch unit or a 12.3-inch model. Additionally to be discovered is a 23 cm by eight cm color head-up show, out there as an choice.
Nonetheless, it’s the portrait-oriented central touchscreen show that’s the visible standout within the entrance finish of the cabin. Shades of Tesla abound strongly with this one, and consumers will even have two dimension choices right here. The usual display screen is a 9.5 inch unit, however if you happen to imagine larger is healthier, then the non-obligatory 11.9-inch unit (about an inch smaller than the one on the S-Class) ought to do the trick.
Each the instrument and media show may be individualised with three show types (Discreet, Sporty, Traditional) and three modes (Navigation, Help, Service). In “Sporty,” the color pink is predominant and the central rev counter has a dynamic design, whereas “Discreet” reduces content material to what’s important.
As well as, each screens may be proven in seven color schemes, according to the ambient lighting out there for the automobile. The web impact of the entire cabin presentation, not less than in pictures, is plain – it leaves the speedy competitors for useless when it comes to absolute gloss and class.
MBUX makes its look, and there’s good dwelling integration and on-line music service too
The enjoyable for everybody doesn’t cease there. Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) makes its method into the C-Class for the primary time, and the second-generation iteration has an improved “Hey Mercedes” voice management system, which is now extra interactive and able to studying by activating on-line providers within the Mercedes me App.
The system additionally has good dwelling integration, which permits customers to remotely monitor and management temperature and lights, shutters and electrical home equipment in good houses. At level of launch, the MBUX good dwelling perform will help gadgets provided by good dwelling suppliers similar to Bosch Sensible Residence and Samsung SmartThings, with different names set to comply with.
There’s additionally an On-line Music service, which totally integrates main music streaming providers into the MBUX infotainment system, and an over-the-air (OTA) replace function ensures that the sytstem’s software program is all the time stored up-to-date.
The dazzle and tech isn’t the one factor that the corporate is shouting up – there’s additionally extra inside area within the W206. These embody as much as 35 mm extra knee room and a further 13 mm headroom within the rear, and elbow-room has additionally gone up by 22 mm within the entrance and 15 mm within the rear over the W205. Baggage capability within the sedan stays because it was within the previous automobile, at 455 litres.
Solely four-cylinder engines throughout the petrol and diesel vary, all gentle hybrids
Beneath the hood, the C makes the switch to a full four-cylinder engine lineup, and it will embody AMG fashions. At level of introduction, the W206 can be out there in a wide range of petrol and diesel variations, all outfitted with EQ Enhance gentle hybrid tech within the type of a 48-volt electrical system and an built-in starter-generator (ISG), which supplies clever help at low engine speeds.
Petrol variants are the C 180, C 200, C 200 4Matic, C 300 and C 300 4Matic, whereas two oil burners can be found, these being the C 220 d and C 300 d. The C 180, C 200 and C 200 4Matic run with a 1.5 litre turbo, with outputs starting from 168 hp on the C 180 to 201 hp on each C 200 variants.
As for the 2 C 300 variants, they’re outfitted with the automaker’s new M254 2.zero litre turbo mill, with the unit providing 255 hp and 400 Nm when it comes to output. As commonplace, all C-Class fashions can be outfitted with a 9G-Tronic automated transmission.
Upcoming plug-in hybrid to function an all-electric vary of 100 km
The debut of the brand new C-Class additionally talked about the upcoming look of the plug-in hybrid variant. Whereas not formally detailed as but, preliminary specs of the C 300 e PHEV have been provided – working with a 2.zero litre M254 mill, the variant could have an electrical output of 127 hp (95 kW)129 hp) and 440 Nm of peak torque, the latter out there proper from the beginning.
Outfitted with a 25.Four kWh battery with 96 cells in a so-called pouch configuration and inside cooling, the PHEV will provide an all-electric vary of round 100 km (on a WLTP cycle), which is about triple that on the previous-gen C 350 e. The total electrical energy is out there as much as 140 km/h, at which level the automaker says it’s softly capped.
A regular-fit 11 kW charger is out there for three-phase charging at a Wallbox linked to the home AC mains, whereas an non-obligatory 55 kW DC charging will juice up the battery from zero to full in round 30 minutes. Additionally, the brand new battery, developed in-house by Mercedes, has a extra compact footprint, eliminating the step within the boot seen beforehand and guaranteeing the baggage compartment ground is now stage.
Rear-wheel steering goes on, 4Matic will get enhancements
Elsewhere, the 4Matic system in all-wheel drive fashions has additionally been reworked and is now lighter than earlier than. Modifications embody a brand new front-axle drive, which permits greater torque ranges to be transferred with a super axle load distribution for improved driving dynamics, in addition to a brand new switch case with much less friction losses.
Different technical highlights embody rear-axle steering and an accompanying, extra direct steering ratio on the entrance axle. The system provides a 2.5 diploma steering angle on the rear axle to cut back the turning circle of the automobile by 43 cm, to 10.64 metres.
At speeds beneath 60 km/h, the rear wheels steer in the wrong way to the entrance wheels, and by as much as 2.5 levels reverse to the front-axle angle throughout parking. This nearly shortens the wheelbase, making the car extra manoeuvrable in consequence.
In the meantime, at speeds above 60 km/h, the rear wheels then steer as much as 2.5 levels in the identical path because the entrance wheels. This digital improve within the wheelbase supplies improved dealing with stability and security at excessive speeds, throughout quick lane-changes or sudden evasive manoeuvres.
The system additionally wants fewer turns of the steering wheel for full lock. With rear-axle steering, and relying on the drive idea, this requires 2.1 turns as a substitute of two.35 turns (rear-wheel drive with consolation steering) or 2.Three turns (on 4Matic variations with consolation steering).
New suspension, enhancements to driving help programs
Elsewhere, a brand new, dynamically-configured suspension that includes a brand new four-link axle on the entrance and a multi-link axle on the rear mounted to a subframe makes its method on to the W206, and this supplies the premise for a excessive stage of suspension, trip and noise consolation, whereas providing agile dealing with and driving dynamics, says the automaker.
The automobile can be out there with a repeatedly adjustable damping setup in addition to a sport suspension. Airmatic has been ditched as an entire providing (the automaker says that the system was dropped on the brand new automobile as a consequence of a scarcity of demand from consumers beforehand), however air suspension will nonetheless function on the rear on each the sedan and property vesions of the plug-in hybrid.
As is to be anticipated, the C-Class is full of a plethora of security and driving help programs, and objects within the kitbag embody Lively Distance Help Distronic, which now will increase the working velocity in response to stationary autos on the street to as much as 100 km/h from 60 km/h beforehand.
The Lively Steering Help, which helps the driving force to remain in lane at speeds as much as 210 km/h, now comes with further lane recognition with the 360-degree digicam to supply higher efficiency in bends and improved lane centring on highways. Elsewhere, the Site visitors Signal Help system provides cease signal and pink mild warning features as a part of the Driving Help Package deal.
Different mod cons embody Energising Consolation, which creates an identical ambiance within the inside, in addition to the acquainted Air Stability bundle, which supplies a person perfume within the inside according to private desire and temper.
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