No series at Mercedes sells better than the C-Class (W205), so changing the model to the new generation (W206) from 2021 onwards should really be true. Here is all the information about the fifth generation Mercedes C-Class including exclusive cockpit footage.
From the end of 2020 , the new C-Class will be born in hard times. With its tech concept based on the MRA II build kit (“R” for “rear”, the rear-wheel drive platform on which the E and S-Classes are also based), it should hold out for seven years — a long time for Apple, Google and Tesla They could gain more and more power with their somewhat autonomous electronic cars.
The new Mercedes C-Class with a huge screen
Mercedes reacts to this, at least externally, quite calmly. The C-Class doesn’t get turned inside out in frantic work, but it remains a good friend in terms of design and dimensions. Evolutionary progress is required – nothing more, nothing less. Inside, the signs point to change more clearly. After the new A-Class, the next model is introduced here, which with its highly digital cockpit (introduced for the first time in the EQ study) creates an impressive effect.
Mercedes C-Class 2021
In the new S-Class too, we noticed the big screen in the Erlkönig.
Because Erlkönig’s latest image shows a huge screen in the center console. We have already shown a similar display in the upcoming S-Class. A closer look reveals that the display in the lower area is seamlessly connected to a toggle bar through which the driver and front passenger can operate the air conditioning functions. The screen , approximately A4 in size, displays , among other things, images of the car’s surroundings, but also phone and audio functions with favorites menus. However, in the basic version, the screen is smaller and no longer has the air conditioning control.
The classic round air vents are attached above. The instrument panel behind the three-spoke steering wheel is also digital – and still heavily covered here. In terms of design, it’s based on the existing digital cockpit of the S and E-Class, but it’s not entirely spacious.
Speaking of width: in terms of dimensions, it remains 1.81 meters wide and 4.7 meters long. The wheelbase is likely to grow by 2cm to 2.86 metres. But the trunk is larger: 500 liters instead of the previous 315-490 liters. Even with the rear seats folded down, it has almost 1,600 liters – so far from 1,335 to 1,510 liters.
Mercedes does not write off diesel
The same applies to driving class – in a multi-layered way: the new four-cylinder M254 petrol engines with particulate filters and OM 654 diesel engines should be able to last long into the future and be suitable for Euro 7 standards. Mercedes does not want to know anything about the end of Diesel at the moment, because the new units have gutted three billion euros in development alone. A hybrid drive with a purely electric range of 70 km according to WLTP is also available. The greater range can be attributed to improved batteries, which in the future will provide 17 kWh instead of only 13.5 kWh. All models have a 48-volt electrical system with a boost function.
The fuel cell plug-in in the GLC F-Cell was dedicated to the Small Series. With the trend still going strong towards SUVs, Mercedes is also strengthening itself on this front. After the highly successful market launch of the GLC and GLC Coupe, the Estate All-Terrain will be added with an E-Class-style off-road look. The elevated body, large wheels, all-wheel drive and air suspension with height adjustment should open up new possibilities and areas of application.
In addition, Mercedes is developing its own flexible modular system. At some point, the C-Class should be able to drive an electric distance of 150 kilometers as a plug-in hybrid vehicle. To do this, the battery must go out from the trunk of the car to the floor of the car, otherwise it will be too tight. However, this requires a new technical basis. Because Mercedes is committed to the “best or nothing” mantra, considerations are underway for making one of the three building blocks (MFA, MRA and EVA). This will then be designed for both combustion engines and electric motors.
In any case, there is no need for a cardan shaft because the axles are always electrically driven. Additionally, tank sizes can be smaller, since most plug-in hybrid cars require less fuel on board. There are further advances in the field of assistance systems.
The new C-Class offers fully automated parking in and out of parking garages that have been equipped accordingly, as well as digital headlights that can illuminate the lane depending on the situation. It is designed to be able to drive completely autonomously on longer sections of the motorway (level 3). At the same time, Mercedes is promoting the connection between active and passive safety systems.
This means that sensor technology for systems such as lane keep assist and lane change assistants as well as adaptive cruise control and emergency braking aids, which are now almost normal, supports more precise airbag deployment.