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2018-02-14 13:14

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Germany - Mercedes says the the new-look C-Class combines emotionality with intelligence. The vehicle's appearance is defined in particular by its front and the design of the headlights and tail lights.

Mercedes-Benz South Africa says the upgraded model will be available during the second quarter of 2018. 

Redesigned features

On the new version, the AMG-Line features the diamond radiator grille as standard. The front bumpers have been redesigned for all lines. The front bumper features either a silver trim strip (standard), a chrome-plated trim strip (in combination with avantgarde exterior) or a three-part chrome trim strip (exclusive exterior). 

The keyless-go starting function is standard. The start/stop button comes in a new turbine-look design. The vehicle key also features a new design. Customers have a choice between three variants here: black with high-gloss chrome surround, white with chrome surround or high-gloss white with matt chrome surround.

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The Multicontour Seat package is new: With this package, the side bolsters and lumbar support can be individually adjusted by means of an electrically driven pneumatic pump. A massage effect in the lumbar area is provided by air chambers which are inflated and deflated in a pulsing or wave-like motion when the function is activated. The seat's pneumatic functions are operated via the multimedia system.

Fully digital instrument display available as an option

The C-Class adopts the display concept of the current S-Class, with an optional fully digital instrument display offering the three different display styles "Classic", "Sport" and "Progressive".

Central display: The multimedia screen above the centre console is also available in two sizes. In combination with Audio 20 it has a 7-inch screen diagonal and a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. Here too, the display style is "Classic".

In conjunction with Audio 20, a high-resolution central display in 16:9 format is available for the first time, with a 26cm screen diagonal and a resolution of 1920 x 720 pixels (standard in conjunction with the optional comand system). As with the instrument cluster, a choice of three display styles is also available here. The state-of-the-art mode of presentation enables the displayed information to be grasped intuitively, with clear and informative graphics accompanying the text information under the vehicle menu item, for example.

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The C-Class has touch-sensitive controls in the steering wheel. They respond to swiping motions like the screen of a smartphone. They enable the driver to control the functions of the instrument cluster and of the entire infotainment system without having to take their hands off the steering wheel. The operation of distronic and cruise control with controls directly on the steering wheel is another new feature.

The infotainment system can additionally be operated via the touchpad with controller (new: haptic feedback) in the centre console or by means of linguatronic voice control. Vehicle functions such as the seating heating can now also be operated by voice control. The optional head-up display is now adjustable throughout an even larger range says Mercedes.

Improved autonomous driving tech

According to the automaker the new C-Class features the latest driving assistance systems, offering the driver cooperative support and providing for a higher standard of active safety than its predecessor. The C-Class is able to drive semi-autonomously in certain situations.

To do this it keeps a close eye on the traffic situation: improved camera and radar systems allow it to see up to 500m ahead. The vehicle's surroundings are scanned by radar across a distance of up to 250m to the front, 40m to the sides and 80m to the rear, while with the camera a range of up to 500m is possible to the front, including 90m in 3D.

The new model comes with extended active brake assist as standard. Depending on the situation, this can help to mitigate the consequences of rear-end collisions with slow-moving, stopping or stationary vehicles ahead, and even with crossing pedestrians and cyclists, or prevent them altogether says the automaker.

The C-Class comes as standard with the Audio 20 multimedia system featuring two USB ports, an SD card reader, Bluetooth connection and media interface.

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