It’s a mid-life replace for the C-class that hopes to carry it updated with newer rivals. It’s additionally the primary automobile to be launched with Merc’s new 2.Zero-litre, four-cylinder BS-VI-compliant diesel engine (sure, we sampled this engine within the E-class All-Terrain a short time again, however that automobile has but to be launched on the time of this assessment). It’s accessible in two states of tune – a 194hp C 220d and a 245hp C 300d; the latter replaces the C 250d and is the one we’re driving as we speak. No petrol variants can be found at launch, however these, together with high-performance AMG variations, are prone to be a part of the line-up within the coming months.
What’s additionally good is that, this time, they’ve carried out a greater job of differentiating the extra highly effective diesel from its lesser sibling. The C 300d comes with the AMG Line physique package (consider it as Mercedes’ model of M Sport or S-Line) and this consists of extra aggressive bumpers, aspect skirts and bigger, 18-inch alloy wheels. Additionally of be aware, is that the enticing ‘diamond’ grille from the earlier AMG C 43 is now a part of this AMG Line bundle, and that this one will get the higher-spec ‘Multi-Beam’ adaptive LED headlamps (the C 220d will get an easier full-LED setup). At Rs 48.50 lakh (ex-showroom, India), it’s not an excessive amount of of a bounce from the Rs 44.25 lakh of the C 220d Progressive.
What’s it like inside?
Right here too, it’s acquainted, as you would possibly anticipate, however once more, there are just a few adjustments of be aware. The wooden grain is now ‘open pore’ or unvarnished, which is much less susceptible to scratching and simply seems to be a bit classier. The steering wheel is model new and just like the one within the S-class, with metallic management buttons and twin touchpads. And, since that is the AMG Line variant, it’s a chunkier, flat-bottom affair. The dials stay analogue, however look good of their huge hooded enclosure, and now have a bigger color multi-info display screen between them now. Fortunately, Mercedes presents a wide-screen 10.25-inch infotainment display screen as commonplace on the C-class now, and also you now not need to cope with the earlier automobile’s small, tacked on unit that felt like an afterthought. This one is huge, crisp and excessive on decision, and makes use of the model of the COMAND interface from the E-class and facelifted S-class. In reality, Mercedes threw out and changed 80 % of the C-class’ electrical structure so as to do that; it’s the most important change on the automobile.
These apart, it’s all fairly acquainted, and this implies an enormous, cozy set of powered entrance seats (reminiscence operate and bolster adjustment for the AMG Line), and a again seat that, although effectively cushioned and good on leg room, lacks thigh assist and is tight on head room. A pleasant change is the addition of tan upholstery on the AMG Line as an alternative choice to black; the lesser trims nonetheless use beige.
What’s it wish to drive?
The engine is a stonker. 245hp and 500Nm would have required a minimum of six cylinders not way back, however as we speak we’ve got that output from a 2.Zero-litre four-cylinder (codename: OM654). Preliminary responses off the road are extremely sturdy (thanks partly to the wonderful 9G-Tronic computerized gearbox) and for those who preserve the accelerator pedal pinned, it simply pulls and pulls. Mercedes claims a 5.9sec Zero-100kph time and that appears completely believable. Kickdown acceleration, too, is spectacular, as soon as once more helped by the gearbox.
It’s additionally fairly a deal extra refined than the engine it replaces (the outgoing 2.1-litre OM651), however not fairly as quiet as Audi’s 2.Zero-litre diesel within the A4. It begins out very effectively, being very hushed as much as 2,000rpm, however past that you simply’re handled to a loud growth and a little bit of clatter. Nonetheless, it’s not unhealthy sufficient to spoil the expertise in any respect, and for those who’re simply cruising, it’s silent sufficient.
This motor, as talked about firstly, is Merc’s first BS-VI emissions compliant four-cylinder engine, a comply with as much as the three.Zero-litre six-cylinder engine that debuted within the S-class facelift. Like that motor, this one makes use of a number of know-how – a diesel particulate filter (DPF), selective catalytic discount (SCR) unit and AdBlue dietary supplements – to permit the automobile to run at BS-VI emissions ranges whereas utilizing BS-IV gas.
We’ve discovered the outgoing C-class to be a bit stiffly arrange within the suspension division, and whereas there may be nonetheless a firmness to it, it feels an entire lot extra compliant this time round. This implies it’s extra comfy with out rocking you across the place over undulations. And that’s saying one thing contemplating this AMG Line variant runs 18-inch wheels (though their thick-rimmed design makes them appear smaller). You may really feel the bigger wheels as you thunk laborious by sharp bumps, however general, the journey has seen a substantial enchancment. And it hasn’t come on the detriment of dealing with both, as you continue to get that beautiful, fast steering and effectively managed physique actions.
Ought to I purchase one?
The C-class facelift, on the floor then, is what you’d anticipate from any facelift. New bumpers, wheels, head- and tail-lamps, some gear revisions and a spruced up cabin. It’s solely when you begin driving that you simply begin to respect what it’s actually about. The brand new engine is an enormous enchancment on its predecessor – to not point out future proofed for BS-VI emissions, the up to date infotainment brings it as much as the leading edge, and extremely it appears to be a contact extra comfy too. At a worth that isn’t wildly greater than earlier than, the updates haven’t even come at an enormous premium. Simply because the C-class’ shine was beginning to fade, then, they’ve introduced it proper again updated.
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