RE: 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class unveiled

RE: 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class unveiled

Tuesday 23rd February

2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class unveiled

New, larger W206 gets hybrid power across the board, with up to 62 miles of EV range in plug-in format



Mercedes-Benz has revealed the new W206 generation of C-Class, and confirmed that all launch variants will feature hybrid power. The initially all-four-pot line-up uses starter generator hardware to boost performance and reduce CO2 across the board, with both petrol and diesel engines in the mix. Mercedes says full hybrid variants will quickly follow, offering up to 62 miles of electric range - but that from launch, it's down to the C220 and 300 variants to demonstrate the new C-Class's updated exterior and interior.

It's fair to say the styling work carried out probably won't astound anyone familiar with the current model. The new look is marginally sharper than before and more in keeping with the wider Mercedes range, but much is inherited from from the outgoing generation. That is to be expected for a car which trades on its recognisable looks; instead it is the dimensions which have altered - the manufacturer suggesting that both saloon and estate are 'considerably larger' than their predecessors thanks to a 25mm increase at the wheelbase and a longer body.

This is said to be of significant benefit to both front and rear occupants, all of whom will likely appreciate integration of the latest MBUX technology into the new cabin - widely considered to be among the best around. That obviously includes the infotainment and a new instrument cluster - which is 10.25 inches in standard form or 12.3 inches in more expensive trim - and which is separated from the centre console display, so the layout is less slab-like than we've seen in other models. Around it are the usual cues, like its silver vents and - presumably thanks to a few ticked boxes on the options list - gloss carbon fibre-effect trim.



At launch, the C-Class gets a 1.5-litre petrol that comes in 180 and 200 guises, with up to 204hp, while the C 300 with a 2.0-litre producing 258hp from its mild hybrid setup delivers a 6.0-second 0-62mph time. Expect that to be a big seller. Unsurprisingly, the diesel range consists of just the C 220 d and C 300 models, with the latter rated at 265hp as an MHEV. With its 406lb ft of combined torque, it's the quickest model with a 5.7-second 0-62mph time, along with a quoted 55mpg combined.

Still, it's what to come that'll likely be most significant, because Mercedes's plug-in models will boast an impressive sounding 62 miles of range. Using a 25.4kWh high voltage battery mounted in the boot, with a full charge time of around 30 mins, the four-cylinder engine-based powertrains will start from 200hp, so expect them to be pretty nippy higher up the range. The hybrid variants will, of course, be vital to ensuring Mercedes's mid-sized saloon remains competitive in its key markets, including China, America, Germany, and the UK.

Mercedes has also sought to get more from the C-Class chassis. A new four-link axle has been introduced at the front (the rear remains a multi-link affair) which is claimed to improve ride and handling across the board. Adjustable damping is optional - presumably depending on trim level - although the plug-in hybrid models will get air springs at the back to better accommodate the extra weight of the battery pack. Rear-wheel steering is also on the extras list, if you fancy dialling in yet more agility. No word on UK pricing yet or the next generation AMG cars - the new C-Class isn't due on sale here till the summer - but expect prices to start at around ยฃ38k.








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pSyCoSiS

Original Poster:

2,815 posts

168 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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Not a bad front end. But I really dislike the current rear end design on the new Merc models.

Jon_S_Rally

919 posts

51 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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Quite like it from the outside I must say. An improvement over the last C-Class, which I thought looked a bit "blobby".

Inside is the standard mess though. The interior of current Mercs just seems to be a chinzy disaster of screens and fussy details.

Maccmike8

110 posts

17 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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Such a dull looking car and the rear looks horrendous.

Wheel_Turned_Out

96 posts

1 month

Tuesday 23rd February
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I know it's almost old-hat to keep complaining about it, but this touchscreen business is just ridiculous. Looks ungainly as all hell, too.

Chestrockwell

2,366 posts

120 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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Looks lovely but beware! Make sure you test drive before you buy, my 2020 C300d hates fun and is the most uninspiring and boring drive ever, it’s an old mans car. The ESP and Gearbox being the weakest points and they work hand in hand to create the dullest and most frustrating driving experience.

Powerful engine, can’t be faulted but the ESP in Sport+ allows the tiniest slip but the gearbox short changes as it thinks it will hit the limiter. If you turn ESP off yourself (which is a chore), the same problem happens, gearbox will short change as it thinks it will hit the limiter and by the time you’ve changed; you’re nowhere near the peak torque output or the peak horsepower.

I know it’s not a performance car but my 4 Series never had that problem.

The gearbox calibration is also ridiculous as it hangs onto gears when you want to pull away slowly so you’re doing 15mph still in first and the diesel causing a racket.

Mercedes seem to be more fussed on interior’s and screens than the actual driving experience which is a shame as the C300d could have been a great car

KillerHERTZ

782 posts

161 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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Wheel_Turned_Out said:
I know it's almost old-hat to keep complaining about it, but this touchscreen business is just ridiculous. Looks ungainly as all hell, too.
At least they have kept physical buttons for the basic functions along the bottom of the screen.

valiant

5,397 posts

123 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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“Why so glum, chum?”

Looks so sad..

TurboHatchback

3,879 posts

116 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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The exterior is ok but WTF is going on with the interior? That steering wheel looks utterly bizarre and I will never buy any car where all the HVAC controls, volume etc are controlled solely through a touch screen. Give me proper physical knobs and buttons please that can be operated without looking at them so I can adjust things accurately without crashing.

Every day a journey

173 posts

1 month

Tuesday 23rd February
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Well. It looks like a c class.

That's about as excited I can get by it.

Ray_Aber

183 posts

239 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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valiant said:
“Why so glum, chum?”

Looks so sad..
I thought that too. Imagine if cars could talk

[Droopy] I'm not happy... [/Droopy]

TinyMonster

107 posts

1 month

Tuesday 23rd February
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This is the best looking 3-Series I've seen for years!

cerb4.5lee

17,803 posts

143 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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This car is a fine example of how larger capacity/more than 4 cylinder engines are dying fast. I'm starting to sound old aren't I?!

Apart from the massive screen in the middle, I do quite like the interior in this to be fair. The exterior is ok in a safe/predictable way I reckon.

Wheel_Turned_Out

96 posts

1 month

Tuesday 23rd February
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KillerHERTZ said:
At least they have kept physical buttons for the basic functions along the bottom of the screen.
Are they buttons? They look those haptic things to me, which usually just pull up a menu on the screen anyway or make you touch them three times before they even register your input.

Don't want to make myself sound too "when all this was fields", just seems a solution to a problem nobody had.

Peterbilt_379

2 posts

4 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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01WE01

751 posts

36 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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Looks sad, and plastic-y from the outside. Though certainly far more "desirable" inside and out than the competition.

Once it gets to the UK, after the first few launch cars, a lot of the interior trim options and rear wheel steering won't be available - the same way of the air suspension and trim options on the w205.

Not a bad package overall though.

sleepera6

4,890 posts

60 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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I think it looks good, the estate especially. And the touch screen systems in these Mercs are intuitive, try it. It’s the future. Buttons aren’t coming back.

Augustus Windsock

2,408 posts

118 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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Wheel_Turned_Out said:
I know it's almost old-hat to keep complaining about it, but this touchscreen business is just ridiculous. Looks ungainly as all hell, too.
We must be cut from the same cloth, and I’m actually starting to think I’m some sort of antediluvian throw-back
I hate touch screens with the exception of them being used for the sat nav, stereo and driver modes
Otherwise, give me my old RS2000 or RS500, simplicity at its best (if not the easiest on the eye...)

cerb4.5lee

17,803 posts

143 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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sleepera6 said:
I think it looks good, the estate especially. And the touch screen systems in these Mercs are intuitive, try it. It’s the future. Buttons aren’t coming back.
To be fair I can't stand Mercedes Comand system(even after nearly 4 years of using it in a 2017 GLC), so for me anything will be better than that I reckon.

RenesisEvo

3,131 posts

182 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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Visually from the rear it looks far too similar to the CLA saloon.

Any why bigger? Probably to accomodate PHEV bits, but if you had a C-class and wanted a bigger car, well there's the E-class. Or all manner of variations on that theme, and that's before you consider SUVs. Why every generation has to be larger than the last I don't know. Bigger =/= better.

130idvg

58 posts

151 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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Let’s just hope it is more reliable than the outgoing c class!