The new fourth-generation Mercedes Benz C-Class Estate will go on sale September 2014.
The new C-Class Estate has increased its footprint with an 80 millimetre increase in the wheelbase (2840 millimetres), it is 96 millimetres longer (4702 millimetres) and 40 millimetres wider (1810 millimetres) than its predecessor. The 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. Although the footprint has increased it weighs around 65 kgs lighter.
There has been an increase its load carrying capacities – it can now carry 490 litres behind the rear seats, an increase of 5 litres and 1510 litres with the seats down, which is 10 litres more than the old model. Options will include Easy Pack power liftgate and a Hands-Free Access system. That allows the opening and closing the tailgate without touching it. All it takes is a motion of the foot in the area of the rear bumper.
There will be an array of engines, all Euro VI emissions standard compliant – there will be four cylinder diesel units including BlueTEC models. There is C 300 BlueTEC Hybrid which combines a four-cylinder diesel engine and compact electric motor generates a power output of 204 + 27 hp and which promises 74 mpg in NEDC combined mode. There are 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. There will be 4MATIC all-wheel drive models available.
There is choice of two suspension set ups – either steel springs or air suspension which is a first in this segment.
As you come to expect from Mercedes safety equipment will feature heavily across the range with Attention Assist, Collision Prevention Assist Plus and adaptive Brake Assist System as standard. Options will include BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist and Distronic Plus with Steering Assist and Stop&Go Pilot which keeps a safe following distance, even in stop & go traffic. Steering Assist helps the driver with lateral control of the vehicle, even in gentle bends, and offers a tailback vehicle following function.
We will publish full C-Class Estate pricing and UK specifications nearer the launch date in September, although we would expect a £1000 premium over the equivalent Saloon model.Published 21 May 2014