The C-class has been around for a long time now and its adversaries have taken the amusement forward, especially in the innovation and infotainment offices. Be that as it may, the C’s exemplary plan and strong extravagance esteems have kept it attractive. A refresh, notwithstanding, is once in a while a terrible thing, and that is the thing that we will get, in India, in October 2018. We found the opportunity to test the refreshed C-class in Luxembourg and Germany, and there’s a considerable amount to report.
Be that as it may, the looks don’t represent quite a bit of what’s new. The outside is to a great extent the same, with just minor changes to the grilles, guards and wheels to report. There are new arrangements for the full-LED headlamps, in any case, the more essential setup offering two columns of LED units one on the other, and the further developed ‘Multi-Beam’ setup utilizing a vast projector unit that can shoot its light bar 650 meters not far off. Decent! There’s likewise another LED design in the tail-lights and the AMG C 43 models currently get round tailpipes as a differentiator.
Mercedes has presented more matte wood (instead of lustrous) trim alternatives and darker cowhide hues, which we trust makes it to India to supplant the to some degree old fashioned dark and beige.
Inside, the huge change is to the screens. You currently get a discretionary 10.25in focal screen for the COMAND infotainment and a 12.3in screen supplanting the simple dials – the two choices we seek Mercedes ticks after India. The controlling wheels are the same as in the S-class – a more exquisite one for the standard auto and a sportier level bottomed one for AMG models – and both currently highlight more controls, including the double touch-cushion interface for the infotainment. Other than that, it’s important that Mercedes, tuning in to input on the current auto, has presented more matte wood (instead of shiny) trim choices and darker cowhide hues, which we trust makes it to India to supplant the to some degree old fashioned dark and beige.
Every one of the motors are either all-new or refreshed. The 200 petroleum, for example, is presently a 1.5-liter, four-barrel turbocharged unit, instead of a 2.0-liter (in spite of the fact that the power yield is the same), the 300 oil in the cabriolet is currently up to 258hp, the 220d is the new 2.0-liter (code: OM654) unit we saw on the E-class (the 2.1-liter OM651 is no more), and the twin-turbo 250d is supplanted by the 300d, which is an all the more intense adaptation of the 220d’s 2.0-liter engine. The AMG 43 engine is a similar twin-turbo 3.0 V6 as previously, yet control is presently up 23hp to 390hp. We drove the C 300d and the AMG C 43.
The new C 300d makes indistinguishable 500Nm of torque from the C 250d, however control is up from 204hp to a strong 245hp! Do you feel the 41hp knock instantly? Not exactly, on the grounds that the 250d was a solid motor regardless, and in light of the fact that the 9G-Tronic programmed gearbox did (and still does) such a stellar activity of conveying the power. Be that as it may, truly, it is apparent that you generally have a solid save of intensity available to you, and this is especially felt when you’re overwhelming at high speeds. It’s additionally more refined than the old 2.1-liter unit, yet there’s still a significant boomy clamor when you open it up a bit. The gearbox, as well, is consistent generally, however can bumble marginally when kicking down hard for sudden increasing speed.
There’s likewise another LED design in the tail-lights of the new form and the AMG C 43 models presently get round tailpipes as a differentiator.
The huge admonition when it came to assessing ride and dealing with (other than Europe’s phenomenally smooth streets, obviously) was that our C 300d vehicle test auto had air suspension and AWD – neither of which will be accessible on the Indian adaptation. The ride quality, subsequently, was pleasant and cushy, and we’ll need to sit back and watch how they adjust the detached steel springs when the auto comes to India; the present auto, for example, is set up a bit too firm for our market. Besides, in view of the AWD and the air suspension, the guiding felt no place close as sharp or associated as the one we have in India, however rather felt somewhat moderate and delicate.
We likewise drove the AMG C 43, however strangely, we drove it in the Coupe body style, as Mercedes is probably going to convey this form to our market too. As previously, it gets 4Matic AWD, however now it has a 23hp power knock as well. This auto feels the same as previously, despite the fact that – and this might be on account of driving through a German woodland resembles driving through a resound chamber – it appears to be significantly louder this time. Despite everything it feels somewhat heavier and more secured than the standard autos, and every one of the settings on the versatile dampers feel a touch firmer as well.
The last bit of the experience is simply the suite of Level 2 Autonomous or self-driving tech that appeared in India on the facelifted S-class, which functioned admirably in the C-class on our test drive. Be that as it may, Mercedes says, put something aside for a couple of little sub-includes, this won’t come India, basically as it would disturb the model pecking order – the E-class doesn’t get it, so the C can’t.
The controlling wheels of the new C class are the same as in the S-class – a more exquisite one for the standard auto and a sportier level bottomed one for AMG models – and both currently highlight more controls, including the double touch-cushion interface for the infotainment.
Absolutely, in the event that you were at that point considering a C-class, the arrangement has just gotten sweeter currently, however that is the situation with most updates, would it say it isn’t? Additionally, it just feels like a more present day auto this time around. Some intriguing inquiries do emerge however. Will the Indian market take to a cut back 1.5-liter engine? Will Mercedes do what needs to be done and spec the auto to the maximum with the high-goals screens (a bogeyman of the present auto is its little and dated infotainment unit)? Will they get the suspension for India right this time? Will India acknowledge a roadster body style, regardless of whether just for the top of the line AMG variation? These are on the whole inquiries that will be replied in October, but on the other hand they’re a decent sign, since that implies the portion has developed, and you can make certain Mercedes has been tuning in to criticism and will advance with it. What is in no uncertainty, however, is that this one model range has such a great amount of assorted variety to offer. With a large group of motors and body styles to suit a few purchasers and spending plans, the facelifted C-class will surely have something for everybody.