As a stylish, sporty vehicle it accompanies active, modern people on shopping sprees, on vacation or when playing sports, and is suitable for families in every respect. Consequently, it continues the tradition of the C-Class Estates, which have all combined demands on lifestyle with practicality, and takes it to a new level in this fourth generation.
The dimensions of the new C-Class Estate have grown considerably. With an 80‑millimetre increase in the wheelbase (2840 millimetres) compared with the previous model, the vehicle is 96 millimetres longer (4702 millimetres) and 40 millimetres wider (1810 millimetres). The resulting increase in space primarily benefits the rear-seat passengers who now enjoy 45 millimetres more legroom. There is also more shoulder room, elbow room and headroom than in the previous model.
The sporty rear of the new C-Class Estate provides a maximum load capacity of 1510 litres (according to ISO 3832). It thus surpasses its predecessor by ten litres. The load compartment volume behind the rear seats has increased by five litres to 490 litres.
Variability and consequently functionality also increase significantly. The rear seats now have a 40 : 20 : 40 split instead of the 60 : 40 split in the predecessor. This opens up a wide range of possibilities to use the interior as a five-seater, four-seater, three-seater or two-seater.
Practical details ensure that the load compartment is even more versatile and easier to use, and as a result it can be conveniently tailored to the driver’s need. The rear-seat backrests can be unlocked and folded electrically at the push of a button to create an enlarged and level load compartment.
The exceptional loading convenience can optionally be further enhanced with the Easy Pack power liftgate and, likewise, optional Hands-Free Access system. It allows opening and closing the tailgate without touching it. All it takes is a motion of the foot in the area of the rear bumper.
It is a vehicle focused on a high level of utility and functionality, yet still incorporates a high-quality interior, which was been adopted from the Saloon. With straightforward sportiness, flowing lines and high-grade luxury materials, it creates a modern, luxurious and at the same time sporty ambience. In addition to the base model, there are also three distinct design and equipment lines each for the exterior and interior.
The Estate also bears the quality seal of the European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation for a scientifically tested high level of allergy-friendliness. Mercedes-Benz is the only vehicle manufacturer to earn this ECARF seal.
The touchpad in the new C-Class Estate developed by Mercedes-Benz marks an evolutionary step. As on a smartphone, all the head-unit functions can be operated using finger gestures. The 65 x 45 millimetre control surface of the touchpad is built into the handrest on the central control panel and bordered by a high-quality metal support – a design feature with a high-tech feel which exudes luxury at the same time.
A head-up display is also a new feature in the C-Class Estate. As in a jet fighter, it projects important information directly into the driver's field of vision, ensuring that there is less distraction from the road ahead. The system informs about vehicle speed, signed speed limits, navigation instructions and Distronic messages.
The powerful and efficient petrol and diesel engines with ECO start/stop function comply with Euro VI emissions standards and ensure sporty performance and driving pleasure. Compared with the predecessor they consume in excess of 20 per cent less fuel.
The diesel models of the new C-Class are powered by the further advanced four-cylinder or the new small four-cylinder engine, which as BlueTEC models are all equipped with SCR technology (selective catalytic reduction). They cover an output range from 115 hp to 204 hp.
In addition, Mercedes-Benz offers a diesel engine combined with a hybrid module. The C 300 BlueTEC Hybrid with four-cylinder diesel engine and compact electric motor generates a power output of 204 + 27 hp and despite its high power output delivers 74 mpg in NEDC combined mode.
Three BlueDirect four-cylinder petrol engines and one BlueDirect six‑cylinder petrol engine with power outputs ranging from 156 to 333 hp will initially be available for the new C-Class. The four-cylinder C 350 Hybrid with plug-in technology and a power output of 208 + 67 hp will follow in due course.