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New Mercedes-Benz C-Class goes electrified only

Mercedes-Benz has revealed its new-generation C-Class saloon and estate, introducing an electrified-only engine line-up including plug-in hybrids, plus increased luxury and latest technology.

The new-generation C-Class saloon and estate start deliveries this summer

Due on sale from 30 March 2021, the sixth-gen model incorporates styling elements from its A-Class, E-Class and CLA stablemates, while also bringing increased space, including more room for rear passengers. Luggage capacity stands at 455 litres for the saloon – the same as before – while the estate ranges from 490 to 1,510 litres; up by 30 litres for both minimum and maximum space.

Engine line-up ditches the former six-cylinder units in favour of electrified four-cylinder units from the current modular FAME Mercedes-Benz engine family, using both 48V mild hybrid petrol and diesels from launch.

Petrol engines cover the entry-level 170hp C 180, the 204hp C 200 and the 258hp C 300, with CO2 emissions from 141g/km to 180g/km.

Diesels include a 200hp C 200d and a 265hp C 300d. CO2 emissions start from 130-152g/km.

Engines come with a nine-speed automatic as standard and the C 200 and C 300 have the option of Mercedes’ 4Matic four-wheel drive.

The plug-in hybrid petrol and diesel models will arrive shortly after launch and use a 129hp motor and a 25.4kWh battery, giving around a 100km (62-mile) range.

Exterior design is dominated by more dynamic proportions, combining a short front overhang, long wheelbase and rear overhang.

The interior adopts highlights from the new S-Class, incorporating sporty elements, such as the driver-focused dashboard and central display.

As with the new S-Class, the latest C-Class is equipped with the second generation of the MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) infotainment system and includes a more interactive version of the ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice assistant, which is capable of learning by activating online services in the Mercedes Me app and can even by used to control domestic equipment and household appliances. It can also be updated over the air.

Equipment options include a colour-head up display and an Augmented Video system, which uses a camera to pick up on local images such as traffic signs and superimpose them on a video in the central display to make navigating easier.

The C-Class Saloon and Estate models will arrive in dealer showrooms in summer 2021.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.