The fifth-generation C-Class, launched this week, is known as the ‘Child S-Class’ by the carmaker. “The letters C and S sit at reverse ends of the alphabet … in our portfolio, they’re transferring nearer collectively,” mentioned Ola Källenius, CEO, Mercedes-Benz, concerning the new C-Class. However does the automobile deserve a lot reward? Keep in mind, Mercedes-Benz calls the S-Class the ‘greatest automobile on the earth’!We just lately drove the C-Class on hilly roads round Mussoorie in Uttarakhand.

What’s the C-Class?

First launched in 1982, the world has seen 5 generations of the C-Class. It was launched in India in 2001, and over 37,000 models have been offered right here. At one time limit, it was the entry-level Mercedes-Benz automobile in India, however now it’s a correct luxurious automobile in nearly each facet—be it consolation, connectivity, expertise or consideration to element.

New Mercedes-Benz C-Class evaluation: C is the brand new S, nearly 5

What defines its design?

It has grown in measurement (nearly the dimensions of the earlier era E-Class), and the design is rather like that of the S-Class, particularly the rear space with two-section tail-lights. It has an extended wheelbase in comparison with the earlier era C-Class.

How is the cabin?

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New Mercedes-Benz C-Class evaluation: C is the brand new S, nearly 6

The dashboard seems like a murals and seems impressed from the S-Class. Know-how options adopted from the S-Class embrace the big central display (outfitted with the most recent era NTG7, the corporate’s infotainment system), in depth personalisation and biometric authentication, wi-fi smartphone integration, and over the air updates to the automobile’s software program. Entrance seats are very spacious, and the three-spoke steering wheel is oh-so-sexy.

There’s a lot ‘comfort’ contained in the cabin that it appears like tailored across the occupant. For instance, the central display is driver-oriented, sunblinds in left and proper rear doorways, electrical sunblind for rear window, the rear-seat backrest could be absolutely folded to entry the boot, and ambient lighting that modifications colors.On the rear, the big central tunnel means there’s room just for two passengers.

Regardless of longer wheelbase in comparison with the earlier era mannequin, the area to maneuver round your legs is proscribed. The C-Class, clearly, is a driver’s automobile, as a substitute of a chauffeur-driven car.The boot area is proscribed—most of it’s taken up by the spare tyre.

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New Mercedes-Benz C-Class evaluation: C is the brand new S, nearly 7

Which engines energy it?

The entry-level mannequin (C 200) will get the 1496cc petrol engine (204 hp, 300 Nm). The 1993cc diesel is out there in two output choices (200 hp/440 Nm and 265 hp/550 Nm). The latter one propels the automobile forward like a rocket, with a 0-100 km/h acceleration timing of simply 5.7 seconds.

How does it drive?

Within the petrol mannequin, the cabin is eerily quiet, however within the diesel the engine rattle could be heard contained in the cabin (which is regular for any diesel automobile). As soon as the engine warms up and also you’re on the street, the rattle nearly dies down. On clean roads, the C-Class drives nearly sticking to the street, and even whereas cornering at excessive speeds it doesn’t lose its line. However on unhealthy roads or gravel, the journey turns harsh. A few instances it scraped tall velocity breakers as effectively whereas driving throughout villages close to Mussoorie.

How good a purchase is it?

Priced Rs 55 lakh to Rs 61 lakh ex-showroom, it’s costly. Its conventional opponents (BMW 3 Collection for Rs 46.9 lakh and Audi A4 for Rs 40.5 lakh) come throughout as extra worth for cash. However Mercedes-Benz India is at the moment having fun with its place within the solar, it has nearly 5,000 bookings, demand is powerful, and it might demand some premium. But it surely’s additionally a indisputable fact that the brand new C-Class, a mini limousine, seems much better than its rivals, and its competitor presumably is the equally priced 3 Collection Gran Limousine.

Specs

Variant C 200 C 200d C 300d
Gasoline Petrol Diesel Diesel
Engine 1496cc 1993cc 1993cc
Energy 150 kW (204 hp) 147 kW (200 hp) 195 kW (265 hp)
Torque 300 Nm 440 Nm 550 Nm
0-100 km/h 7.3 seconds 7.3 seconds 5.7 seconds
Value Rs 55 lakh Rs 56 lakh Rs 61 lakh

Opponents: BMW 3 Collection (Rs 46.9 lakh) and three Collection Gran Limousine (Rs 54.5 lakh), Audi A4 (Rs 40.5 lakh) and Volvo S60 (Rs 45.9 lakh)

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