Class C, a reduced limousine
We unveiled it to you a few weeks ago and you probably weren’t surprised. It is a tradition at Mercedes to launch, a few months after the S-Class limousine, the small C-Class. And the fact that the latter looks a lot like its big sister is another house tradition. In fact, the new C-Class whose general presentation you can find here inherits in particular the spectacular driving position of the S with, as a centerpiece, a giant vertical central screen.
History to give it every chance to do as well as its predecessor which has sold more than 2.5 million copies (!) Worldwide since its launch in 2014, the star brand has also taken care of the range of engines for its sedan and station wagon launched at the same time. All the engines will all be electrified with micro-hybridization or plug-in hybrid proposals about which we now know a little more.
A plug-in gasoline hybrid to begin with …
From September, the C-Class will be available in a plug-in hybrid gasoline version. It combines a turbo-gasoline four-cylinder developing 204 hp with a 95 kW (129 hp) electric motor integrated into the nine-speed automatic transmission. Note that under the latter Mercedes has chosen to implement electronic power control in order to reduce the number and length of cables and share the same cooling device.
If the significant cumulative power (313 hp) of these two engines should allow this C300e to deliver good performance, it is in that of electric autonomy that the C intends to dominate its rivals. Indeed, the German does not do things halfway on the battery side with a capacity announced at 25.4 kWh, enough, under the WLTP approval cycle to announce a range of action close to 100 km in zero emissions mode. And the other C-Class plug-in hybrid, with an unexpected thermal engine, will benefit from the same accumulator …
… and diesel to plug in for 2022
From the plug-in diesel hybrid, Mercedes is not the first brand to have thought of it. You probably remember the Volvo V60 that tried it a few years ago. What is certain is that this proposal is atypical in the current “dieselophobic” atmosphere. According to Mercedes, this variation is aimed in particular at heavy-duty riders who want to maintain reasonable fuel consumption during their long journeys, something difficult with gasoline PHEVs which become greedy, as we have shown you many times thanks to to our measurements when their battery is empty. This C-Class PHEV diesel, which should probably be called the C300de, has the same electric motor (95 kW) as its petrol equivalent. Thermal mechanical side, it is the four-cylinder turbo house of 200 hp that will be associated with it. If Mercedes does not communicate the cumulative power, this plugged-in diesel C should exceed 300 hp and its torque, probably over 600 Nm, should be plentiful. But be aware that this version will not land before the second half of 2022.
Another more reasonable version and finally the 4Matic on the program
Mercedes has already announced a more reasonable version of the C-Class plug-in hybrid gasoline. Beyond the fact that no additional information has leaked on the subject, it is however not certain that this proposal will be marketed on the French market. On the other hand and Contrary to what had been announced during the unveiling of the C-Class, the plug-in hybrid versions will not only be well available as sedans and station wagons, but also with 4Matic all-wheel drive in addition to the standard two-wheel drive (rear-wheel-drive) versions. On the other hand, an official of the brand confirmed to us that the rear steering wheels would be unavailable for the C-Class plug-in hybrids.