The 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class looks quite like the baby S-Class and is a whole lot different from the outgoing model. The makeover surely is adding a sense of freshness in its appearance, being very much familiar with the family design language.
The 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class looks very similar to the flagship S-Class sedan.
The all-new Mercedes-Benz C-Class has finally made its global debut and as we were expecting, it looks very similar to the S-Class. The design is heavily inspired from the flagship Mercedes sedan, not only on the outside, but on the inside as well. The silhouette itself is reminiscent of the S-Class. Obviously it’s compact compared to the flagship but the same outline is apparent and is a significant departure from its predecessor. Yes! The 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a significantly different from the outgoing model and the makeover definitely adds a sense of freshness in its appearance, thanks to the familial design language.
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The face on the new model looks a bit sharper sporting a slightly protruding nose while it also gets a new and bigger radiator grille. Then there are sleeker headlights while at the rear there are horizontal taillights, similar to those we saw in some of the newer models from the carmaker’s stable. The US-spec model will be available with a choice of 18-inch or 19-inch wheels whereas in Europe there is also a smaller 17-inch set and we expect the same model to come to our shores. At the rear, the new-generation model is the first C-Class to have two-piece taillights, quite like its bigger siblings – the E-Class and S-Class.
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Just like the design, even on the inside the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class has taken inspiration from the S-Class and there have been some significant changes starting with a new dashboard. It sports a neatly integrated tablet like touchscreen unit, which is raked at a certain angle. It also gets a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster along with a 11.9-inch touchscreen for the second-generation MBUX infotainment system. Lower trims in some of the markets will get a smaller 10.25-inch driver’s display and an even more compact 9.5-inch centre screen. Then, it’s a bit more spacious on the inside with a 25 mm longer wheelbase measuring at 2865 mm. Speaking of dimensions, it is 65 mm longer and 10 mm wider compared to the outgoing model and looks sportier, courtesy the sharp design and a slightly tapering roofline. Moreover, its boot space remains unchanged at 455 litres. Then it also gets the Digital Light system. The optional headlight setup gives guidelines and warning symbols onto the road along with offering a superior dazzle-free illumination by splitting the light via a whopping 1.3 million micro-mirrors.
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And finally coming to its engines and variants, there is a long list of trim levels which of course will vary in different markets. First up is the C300 which gets a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged motor 252 bhp and 400 Nm of peak torque and is coupled with an integrated starter-generator that adds a temporary boost of 19 bhp and 200 Nm. This iteration comes in both rear wheel drive (RWD) and the 4Matic all-wheel drive (AWD) setup and both trims can clock triple digit speeds in just 5.9 seconds, further ticking a top-speed of 209 kmph.
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Then there is the C200 and C200 4Matic sold in Europe and are expected to come to our market as well. This C-Class will likely get a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder motor putting out 198 bhp and 300 Nm of peak torque. The 4Matic AWD does the 0-100 kmph stint in 7.1 seconds while the RWD does same in 7.3 seconds. While the 4Matic can reach the top-speed of 241 kmph, the RWD can do 246 kmph. The German carmaker will also offer the base C180 RWD in Europe with the same 1.5-litre motor, but it will be de-tuned to churn out 165 bhp and 250 Nm of peak torque. This C180 can clock triple digit speeds 8.6 seconds which can do a top-speed of 231 kmph.
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Finally, the company will also offer diesel variants of the C-Class with a common 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine. The C200d, C220d and the C220d 4Matic, all will get the same powertrain but in different tune. In the base C200d it puts out 159 bhp and 380 Nm of peak torque. Then in the C220d it churns out 194 bhp and 440 Nm of peak torque and in the AWD C220d 4Matic it puts out 257 bhp and 550 Nm of peak torque. The AWD diesel can do a 0-100 kmph sprint in 5.7 seconds while hitting a top speed of 250 kmph.
And finally, there is also the C300e which is a plug-in-hybrid (PHEV) exclusive for the European market. The 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, petrol engine is complemented by an electric motor and in combination this powertrain puts out 304 bhp and 550 Nm of peak torque. The PHEV variant is equipped with a 25.4-kWh battery pack that can give an electric range of 100 km as per WLTP cycle.
One of the biggest upgrades in the new C-Class is the rear-wheel steering which has helped improving its turning circle radius (TCR) by 0.43 metre at 10.64 metres. The steering angle at the rear axle is 2.5 degrees or four times smaller than the more sophisticated setup installed in the S-Class. At speeds below 60 kmph the rear wheels steer in the opposite direction to the front wheels and in the same direction at higher speeds.
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