Just a few months following the market debut of the saloon, Mercedes Benz is now unveilling the estate version of the new C-Class. The estate takes the trademark strengths of the saloon, such as safety, agility and comfort, and combines them with a significant increase in spaciousness and versatility. Quite apart from being able to hold a maximum of 1500 litres, giving it a larger load capacity than any other premium-class estate in this market segment, the new C-Class Estate also offers a host of handy features for easy loading and safe transportation – a tailgate which opens and closes automatically at the push of a button, for example.
Compared to the outgoing model, the new Mercedes estate burns as much as 12 per cent less fuel. With an official NEDC consumption of 47.1 mpg, the new C 200 CDI can make a single tank of fuel (66 litres) last for over 620 miles. Just like the saloon, the estate version of the new C-Class has been awarded an Environmental Certificate, which attests to the environmentally oriented development process conforming to the international ISO standard. In terms of safety, the new estate blazes a trail with innovations of the likes of PRE-SAFE and the Intelligent Light System, and distinguishes itself as the safest car in this vehicle class. Seven airbags, belt tensioners and belt force limiters, as well as crash-responsive NECK-PRO head restraints all make up part of the standard specification.
The new estate adopts the C-Class Saloon’s customer-focused concept for the design and equipment lines. There is a choice of three models – SE, ELEGANCE and SPORT – which highlight the vehicle’s comfort or agility to differing degrees. The SPORT line features a large Mercedes star positioned in the centre of the radiator grille that emphasises its sporty, agile nature. This traditional distinctive mark of sporty models from Mercedes is now being employed in an estate model for the first time by the Stuttgart-based automotive brand. In the ELEGANCE model, a three-dimensional, louvred radiator grille with a high-gloss paint finish accentuates other brand-typical attributes such as comfort and luxury. The SE model, meanwhile, is deliberately more restrained and traditional.
New benchmark figure: maximum load capacity of 1500 litres
During the concept phase for the new estate, the designers and engineers at Mercedes took the expectations of the brand’s customers as their yardstick.
Consequently, spaciousness, versatility and functionality were given top priority. Compared to its predecessor, the rear of the new estate is slanted far more steeply, a crucial factor for enlarging the vehicle’s load volume. This now varies between 485 and 1500 litres (VDA measuring method), depending on the position of the 1/3 : 2/3 split-folding rear seat – more than any of the model's rivals in thiS-Class of premium estate car are able to offer. Measured against the outgoing C-Class Estate, load capacity has been increased by as much as 146 litres.
This makes the estate a thoroughly practical vehicle in every respect. It is able to accommodate, for example, four golf bags including trolleys, nine large packing cases or a total of 44 drinks crates each containing six 1-litre juice bottles. The largest possible cuboid that fits into the load compartment now has a volume of 827 litres – that is an increase of 66 litres compared to the previous model and between 50 and 100 litres more than other premium estate models in thiS-Class are able to handle. The maximum utilisable interior length is a whole 2.82 metres, as measured between the tailgate and the front passenger footwell – 17 cm more than previously.