BBC Autos MercedesBenz CClass Bringing up baby

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Mercedes-Benz C-Class


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And despite a bracing jolt of twin-turbo power, smoothness the dominant sensation of the all-new C-Class. With the petite, $30,825 CLA assuming the C-Class’ place as the most painless to Benz ownership, the C has been to explore its real nature, the style, features and technology reserved for Mercedes’ priciest

Let’s get right to it: inside and the C-Class’ stylistic explosion the old version for dead. This may be the striking, shamelessly deluxe at the entry-lux end of the market. It’s a mélange of arches, scallops, and creases, a guided tour of cues from the flagship the rakish CLA and every model in

The C-Class’ newfound swagger France’s tony Côte a logical test spot, cliff-hung roads overlooking harbours peppered with yachts.

Viewed in profile, the windswept cabin seems to sit a back from a classic, hood. The more demure model is distinguished by a traditional ornament atop the hood, the Sport specification flaunting a glittering star on its chesty A third body style, AMG, adopts a pair of gulping front air inlets, up like the wings of a bow tie. signature LED headlamp eyebrows in hot, Tron-like blue doors are locked or unlocked, switch to white when the car is in

The cabin also comes on drawing clear cues the S-Class. Stretched 3.7 inches the outgoing model and built on a longer wheelbase, the C-Class out welcome room in back and its front roof pillars for views. Overall weight by up to 220lbs, with aluminium 50% of the chassis, up from less 10%, according to Mercedes.

A elliptical steering wheel when AMG trim is specified) a pair of binocular-like bezels house deep-set analogue a break from the S-Class’s wizardry. A slim display stands like a billboard an uncluttered centre stack, aircraft-style metal vents and finishes such as open-pore ash (Skip the piano black, a design cliché whose has come and gone.) Sculpted are ribbed and muscular, available in maroon leather, with a thigh extender for another touch.

That tablet-like centre and its myriad functions are managed by a new that resembles a Star phaser cantilevered over Comand rotary-control knob. The portion is a console handrest built-in touchpad that to improve on Audi’s standard-setting allowing not only letter, or character entry with strokes, but access to screen functions as well.

Digital notwithstanding, the C-Class essentially to steal anything from the that isn’t nailed including the Air Balancing system wafts driver-selectable fragrances in the An optional Burmester audio pumps rich sound artful, laser-perforated speaker that evoke metallic

Benz is proudly pushing its Intelligent Drive suite, at the same $2,800 as in the S- and E-Class. It sensors, laser, radar and cameras to offer semi-autonomous Set the Distronic adaptive cruise and the Benz will actually itself along gentle while controlling its own speed and The safety suite adds camera views, lane-keeping and functions, as well as Attention drowsy-driver monitor and even automated braking at up to 124mph to pedestrians and collisions. An active system is an option, along a crystalline head-up display in the sight line.

At a Michelin test facility in de Provence, drivers were to try and smack both a “pedestrian” a mannequin smartly outfitted in gear) and a slow-rolling trailer with an inflatable, make-believe hatchback. No chance. Even foot on gas and heart in throat a text message would completed the careless-driver scenario) the performed partial and then braking, coming to a halt short of danger, every Those brakes, strong and in equal measure, are a performance point.

Consumers with a stake in driver involvement find the C-Class a high at heart: fast, professional but athletically inclined than, a Cadillac ATS or BMW 3 Series. Our French featured an international cast of but North America will see two versions beginning in September. The C300 4Matic’s 2-litre four-cylinder engine will put out 241 and 273 pound-feet of torque. The C400 meanwhile, plays a surprising trump card: an all-new V6 engine with 329 horsepower and of torque, both figures (At 328 horses, the Infiniti Q50 ’s V6 is bested by 1hp.) That’s an 81-horse boost over the C300 4Matic and its 3.5-litre plant. With its seven-speed, automatic transmission, the C400 from zero to 60mph in a 5.4 seconds, accompanied by a distant but hoarse engine sound. a mid-6 run to 60mph for the C300. models initially arrive 4Matic all-wheel-drive only, but a C300 whose superior balance should make it the choice goes on sale in 2015.

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Still, don’t dismiss the power of the twin-turbo C400. rips through the gears the eager torque of its V6, and even to fifth found it pulling undiminished gusto.

Free-spending should also mark for spring 2015, when the C63 AMG is set to (European showrooms welcome it this year.) The speediest will drop its bellowing V8 for a more fuel-efficient 4-litre unit built from a pair of Mercedes’ 2-litre that aims for well 450hp. A C350 plug-in goes on sale in autumn but diesel fans in North must wait until for a C250 Bluetec.

The C-Class’ road-cushioning Airmatic air (standard on the C400) represents laudable leap. Not unlike the CLA, the C-Class’s aerodynamics create an impeccably quiet with the steering and ride and isolated in big-Benz style. the Agility Select switch, can toggle through Eco, Sport and Sport Plus for engine, transmission and steering suspension, if you opt for Airmatic represented by animated displays on the central

But the car’s personality aside more aggressive throttle and points doesn’t change as a driver moves through As with Audi’s indifferent Select, many owners likely set and forget the system, its usefulness and complexity into And in all but Sport Plus mode, the may feel too marshmallow-y for meatier with some unwanted roll in turns and over pavement.

For all its gains, the C-Class a luxury car first and a sport second. Come September, upsized exercise in pampering exact a slightly higher over its predecessor, with the sticker for the C300 likely in near $38,000 and the C400 $44,000.

Luxury customers, particularly in the US, are that a modestly sized SUV or even hatchback can address needs and still boost egos. For buyers who want styling, features and safety in a Mercedes at half the price, the math definitely adds up.


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