FIRST TEST 2018 Mercedes C-Class facelift: S-Class technology for the C-Class
Mercedes revises the C-Class. The design is changed only marginally but there is a lot of new technology on board. FIRST TEST 2018 Mercedes C-Class facelift via Autobild.de.
The current Mercedes C-Class has been on the market for almost four years and is still extremely popular among customers. So popular that almost every fifth new Mercedes is a C-Class. Now it’s time for a facelift – and not to scare the customer, the update is optically more than cautious. With 6500 new parts it is on paper the most extensive facelift in the history of the model, but the new parts were hidden well. Even brand connoisseurs have to look twice to recognize the facelift of the C-Class. The front aprons of all equipment variants are slightly changed. The same applies to the radiator grille, the AMG® Line is now available as standard with the diamond grill, the Exclusive Line carries the star on the hood.
At the rear the facelift can be recognized thanks to a newly designed lower part in the apron. The illuminated graphics of headlamps and taillights have also been redesigned. The fresh C-Class comes standard with halogen headlights. While Mercedes deliberately withholds the appearance of the C-Class facelift, there are some important news on the technical side – especially in the areas of driver assistance systems and networking. The revised C-Class is available from July 2018 with a large range of engines at dealers.
The most important info first: Mercedes does not offer the widescreen cockpit in the C-Class not even for a surcharge. The reason: The technical effort would be too big for a facelift. With about 6500 new parts, the model maintenance is already the most expensive update in the model history anyway. As standard, the facelift model continues to rely on a classic two-tube instrument cluster and a seven-inch screen above the center console. The presentation options are extremely diverse, so there are three different styles available. In addition, the screen above the center console measures 10.25 inches on request. This combination compensates for the absence of the widescreen cockpit.
In addition, the C-Class gets the new steering wheel including the well-known from various models touch buttons. Compared to its predecessor, the cruise control lever on the left side is also eliminated. The cruise control settings go (as in the competition) into the steering wheel. Other changes only concern details: The start / stop button has been redesigned and is now standard, so that the key can always stay in your pocket. Our test car was also equipped with the new magma gray / black designo® interior. Sitting position and material processing are still good.
Under the bonnet of the fresh C-Class works the new four-cylinder engine M 264 with 1.5-liter capacity and a 48-volt electric system. A belt-driven starter-generator (RSG) replaces the conventional starter. Means: For example, when rolling towards the traffic lights, the engine turns off at 8 km / h. Once the car acelerates, the four-cylinder jumps on extra quickly. To be precise: within 400 milliseconds. The process is much more comfortable than with many other start / stop systems.
The 184 hp C 200 pushes at low speeds surprisingly strong. This is due to the EQ boost, which supports the burner from idle speed not only with 14 additional horsepower, but especially with 160 additional Nm. So accelerates the base model in a whopping 7.7 seconds to 100. The engine is quite loud at 4500 rev / min. Turning off the gears is not necessary, after all, the well-known Neungang automatic has the right gear for every situation and generally works extremely calmly and reliably. This ensures that the C 200 is very quiet on low rpms. The Dynamic Body Control has also been revised in detail by Mercedes. This is why the facelift of the C-Class drives comfortably – even without the even more expensive Air Body Control air suspension.
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