The latest Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon (W205) is the first model to employ the all-new Modular Rear-wheel drive Architecture (MRA) platform which features the extensive use of aluminium throughout its body, resulting in a 100 kg weight decrease. First introduced in 2015, the C-Class Saloon underwent a facelift in 2018.
Up front, the modified front end exudes dynamism and modernity with redesigned bumpers enhanced by gleaming chrome elements and new LED headlights. The new steering wheel with Touch Control buttons and (depending on equipment line) fully digital instruments and larger displays enable cutting-edge operation. Wireless charging for all smartphones supporting the Qi standard, smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, fully digital instrument display with three styles – Classic, Progressive and Sporty, 10.25-inch media display with 1920 x 720 pixels that showcases brilliant images are just some of the noteworthy new features.
Manoeuvring in tight spaces in the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon is a cinch with Active Parking Assist including PARKTRONIC and 360-degree camera which detects parking spaces in the instrument cluster plus visual and audible warning of obstacles. Safety-wise, all occupants will rest easy with the knowledge that a slew of safety features including ATTENTION ASSIST, COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS, Adaptive Brake Assist with brake-drying function and myriad airbags such as dual-stage front airbags, front sidebags and driver’s kneebag, pelvis bag and windowbag.
The Mercedes-Benz C200 Saloon is powered by the all-new 1.5-litre turbocharged engine with the aid of EQ Boost mild-hybrid technology. On its own, the 4-cylinder, 16-valve engine delivers 184 bhp and 280 Nm. EQ Boost adds a useful 14 bhp whenever the 9G-TRONIC PLUS automatic gearbox performs a kickdown with the 48V starter/alternator acting as an electric motor to boost performance. At full pelt, 0 to 100 km/h takes 7.7 seconds while maximum speed is 240 km/h. Amazing performance for an engine this small!
The Mercedes-Benz C200 Saloon AMG Premium Plus is equipped with Premium Plus Package features such as 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster display for the driver, Burmester surround sound system, ambient lighting, COMAND Online system with touchpad, HANDS-FREE ACCESS and KEYLESS-GO Comfort package. AMG aficionados will be impressed by a myriad of components including bodystyling and 18-inch 5-spoke light alloy wheels. Handling-wise, the AGILITY CONTROL sports suspension ensures that the car is sporty to drive, especially when the road begins to swerve, rise and dip, and the 15 mm lowered ride height makes it sit nice and low, like a sports car.