The New 'W206' Mercedes C-Class Is Here With Inline-Fours Only

Mercedes' compact saloon is more mini S-Class than ever before, but it's now exclusively powered by four-pot engines
The New 'W206' Mercedes C-Class Is Here With Inline-Fours Only

It’s time for the ‘W205’ C-Class to move over - there’s a new Baby Benz in town. Mercedes’ all-new version is here, with styling changes that bring the car closer to the range-topping S-Class. That’s nothing compared to what’s been done to the cabin, though.

Just like the S, there’s now a huge portrait display jutting out of the centre console like a plinth. The touchscreen measures 9.5 inches across as standard, or if preferred, there’s an optional 11.9-inch version. The bigger E-Class will presumably have to wait until its next refresh to get a similar setup. Awks.

The New 'W206' Mercedes C-Class Is Here With Inline-Fours Only

Just over from the infotainment screen is a standard-fit LCD screen that forms the instrument cluster. It measures 10.25 inches, and it’s possible to upgrade to a fancier 12.3-inch version. All of this tech works off the latest MBUX operating system, which gives the C-Class over-the-air updates for the first time.

In terms of dynamics, Mercedes has given the C new four-link suspension at the front and a fresh multi-link setup up back. Adaptive dampers are optional along with a firmer ‘sport’ setup, while the plug-in hybrid derivatives get rear air suspension as standard.

The New 'W206' Mercedes C-Class Is Here With Inline-Fours Only

As a sign of the times, the engine line-up is exclusively inline-four from launch, and will likely remain that way for the rest of the W206’s life. Yep, even when it comes to the AMG C53 and C63 models, with the latter expected to adopt a hybridised version of the A45’s ‘M139’ 2.0-litre.

As for the derivatives that have been confirmed, we have a 1.5-litre kicking off the range, providing 168bhp in the C180 and 201bhp in the C200. The C300 uses a 261bhp mild hybrid 2.0-litre unit, giving a 0-62mph time of 5.7 seconds. On the diesel front, you can have either a 161bhp C200d or a 197bhp C220d.

The New 'W206' Mercedes C-Class Is Here With Inline-Fours Only

Although the specs haven’t been fully confirmed yet, Mercedes says diesel and petrol plug-in hybrids will join the range soon after launch, each with a 129bhp motor and an impressive electric-only range of 62 miles.

You’ll be unsurprised to learn it’s bigger than the old car, growing 65mm in length, 10mm in width and 25mm in wheelbase. The growth spurt and clever packaging mean the saloon’s boot is 45 roomier at 360 litres, while if you chuck the seats down in the estate, there’s another 40 litres of space to play with. With a maximum of 1375 litres available, that next Ikea trip will be a breeze.

Sales in Europe commence at the end of March, with the AMGs likely to arrive early next year.



It looks grumpy and awkward

02/23/2021 - 13:30 |
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Freddie Skeates

How dull and derivative. Looks like every Merc on sale rolled into one. Fleets are gonna love it

02/23/2021 - 13:44 |
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I think that’s the point. Small saloons like these in Europe are almost exclusively fleet fodder.

02/23/2021 - 14:53 |
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With the short trunk it really starts to look too much like an a-class for my taste. But I love the interior changes, massive step up from the old stuck-on screen design. I think the Wagon is a very desirable car at its price point

02/23/2021 - 15:39 |
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