The C-Class is the breadwinner for Mercedes-Benz. After all, it comprises of the most inexpensive sedan the brand builds. Moreover, it has a wide range of models to suit different users, from sedans to wagons to coupes and even convertibles. Another important fact highlighting C-Class’ importance is that in 2017, more than 4,15,000 C-Class (sedan and wagon models only) were sold worldwide. This makes talking about the (facelifted) 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class that much important. Oh, and there is also the fact that it is expected to come to India in October. The new C-Class prices in Europe start from Euro 35,003 (approx Rs 28.05 lakh at current exchange rate).
|Specifications||2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class|
|Price||Euro 35,003 (approx Rs 28.05 lakh)
|Transmission||9-speed 9G-Tronic automatic|
|Front Suspension||Independent, multi-link with gas-charged shock absorbers|
|Rear Suspension||Independent, multi-link with gas-charged shock absorbers|
|Front Brake||330mm/305mm discs with floating calipers|
|Rear Brake||300mm discs with floating calipers|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||41-66 litres (7 litres’ reserve)|
engine details in table below
What’s new about the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class?
Since the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a facelift of the current-gen model, the design of the two cars is the same. However, the newer car has restyled headlamps, a new three-slat chrome-outlined grille, and restyled front bumper to help it stand out.
On the side, the new 20-spoke wheels in dual-tone finish is the only major change. The rear features restyled taillamps, new diffuser insert, and chrome outline for twin exhaust pipes.
|Engines (Displacement, layout, and fuel type)||Power (HP)||Torque (Nm)||Mileage (kmpl)|
|1.6-litre, four-cylinder, petrol||129 – 156||210 – 250||16.12|
|1.5-litre, four-cylinder, petrol||184||280||15.3 – 16.6|
|2.0-litre, four-cylinder, petrol||258||370||16.6|
|3.0-litre, V6, petrol||333||480||12.8|
|1.6-litre, four-cylinder, turbo diesel||122 – 160||300 – 360||23.8 – 24.3|
|2.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbo diesel||150 – 194||360 – 400||20.4 – 22.72|
manufacturer-provided mileage figures, no confirmation on engines’ availability in India
The interior features changes too. New materials are on offer – open-pore brown walnut or anthracite oak. New interior colours include Magma Black/Grey. For the AMG line (trim), the is Saddle Brown on offer. Seat belts are finished in Magma Grey, ditching the Crystal Grey colour. The interior is yet to go the S-Class way in terms of tech though. It features twin-pod instrument cluster with a 5.5-inch MID squeezed between them. Owners can opt for a 12.3-inch fully-digital instrument cluster in their vehicle (for a premium). Two infotainment displays are also available (both with COMAND interface) – one with a 7.0-inch display and the other with a 10.25-inch display (optional equipment). Additionally, the steering wheel has touch-sensitive controls and the HUD is now adjustable over a wider range.
The talk of the town in case of the new C-Class is the new engine lineup. The sedan gets two petrol engine options – a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol and a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol. The smaller engine comes equipped with a 48V propulsion system with a belt-driven starter/alternator. As a result, the smaller engine makes 184HP power and 280Nm torque. The bigger engine makes 258HP power and 370Nm torque. Also on offer are a 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol and a 3.0-litre V6 petrol. The 1.6-litre engine makes 129/156HP power and 210/250Nm torque. The larger V6 makes 333HP power and 480Nm torque. The only transmission available with either petrol engine is a nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic gearbox.
Two diesel engines will also be offered on the C-Class (both four-cylinder units). Of these, there will be a 1.6-litre unit with 122/160HP power and 300/360Nm torque outputs. The more powerful 1.6-litre engine gets a 6-speed manual gearbox only while the other gets a 9G-Tronic automatic gearbox. There is a 2.0-litre engine on offer too with 150/194HP power and 360/400Nm torque outputs. The only transmission option on offer is a 9G-Tronic automatic gearbox.
The C-Class gets multi-link suspension at both ends. Depending on the variant, the car will have either 305mm and 300mm disc brakes or 330mm and 300mm disc brakes at front and rear, respectively. The sedan measures 4,686mm in length, 1,810mm in width, 1,442mm in height, and has a 2,840mm-long wheelbase. (check the tables for detailed specs)
Is the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class worth consideration?
Yes, it is worth considering. Moreover, if one values comfort over everything else, it is worth buying even. After all, who does comfort better than Mercedes-Benz? The new C-Class just became more competitive in its segment against established rivals like the Audi A4 and the BMW 3 Series. It has some nifty tricks up its sleeve, such as GPS-linked automatic climate control. Based on GPS feed, the car closes its A/c re-circulation flap when inside a tunnel (to keep polluted air out) and re-opens it upon exiting the tunnel.
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class also automatically deactivates its passenger airbag if the front seat is unoccupied or if a rear-facing child-seat is detected on that seat. These are the kind of tricks that not just aid comfort but ease of use too. No wonder the C-Class has been the most successful Mercedes-Benz model for years. The new model just ups the ante.
2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class – Synopsis
- Prices start from Euro 35,003 (approx Rs 28.05 lakh at current exchange rate)
- India-bound in October (per reports)
- Has styling tweaks to differentiate it from the car it replaces
- Restyled headlamps and taillamps, new wheels, and new grille among the exterior styling changes
- Interior features new upholstery material options
- No changes in interior tech with COMAND system still the centrepiece
- Two infotainment displays on offer – 7.0-inch (standard) and 10.25-inch (optional)
- 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster on offer as optional equipment
- Two new four-cylinder petrol engines on offer – a 1.5-litre motor and a 2.0-litre unit
- Smaller petrol engine has 48V propulsion system with a belt-driver starter/alternator
- Two four-cylinder diesel engines on offer too – a 1.6-litre unit and a 2.0-litre engine
- Only transmission on offer is a nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic gearbox
- Equipped with multi-link suspension setup at both ends
- Braking handled by 305mm/330mm front disc brakes and 300mm rear disc brakes
- 4,686mm long, 1,810mm wide, 1,442mm high, and has 2,840mm long wheelbase
- GPS-linked automatic climate control system closes re-circulation flap upon entering a tunnel and re-opens it on exit
- Automatically disables the front passenger airbag if the seat is unoccupied or detects a rear-facing child-seat on it