The new Ford Ranger Stormtrak

Ford Ranger Stormtrak and Wolftrak Limited Editions

The new Ford Ranger Stormtrak
The new Ford Ranger Stormtrak

Ford has revealed the new Ranger Stormtrak and Ranger Wolftrak limited edition models, which build on the style and capability of the company’s award-winning pick-up.

The new Ford Ranger Stormtrak offers distinctive styling and premium features for customers, while the Ranger Wolftrak is for customers who work outdoors and desire commanding off-road performance without compromising comfort and desirability.

“Customers love the bold style and tough capability of our Ranger pick-up, so we’ve developed the new Stormtrak and Wolftrak limited edition models to offer even more of both,” said John Manning of Ford Ireland.

“The Ford Ranger has grown in popularity in Ireland year-on-year to the point where it is now the top-selling vehicle in its segment.  Already for 2021, we have sold 304 Ranger units here, more than double the number of our nearest competitor and 55 percent of the total number sold from this segment.  The arrival of the exciting new Ranger Stormtrak and Wolftrak models will help to cement that leadership position for the nameplate in Ireland.”

The new Ranger Stormtrak and Wolftrak limited editions will arrive in dealerships across Europe from October this year, adding further breadth to Ford’s award-winning line‑up of Ranger variants for a wide range of customers, including the high perfromance Ranger Raptor, rally-inspired Ranger MS-RT and recently-announced Ranger chassis cab.

The new Ford Ranger Wildtrak
The new Ford Ranger Wildtrak

Ford is also introducing a new Power Roller Shutter option for Ranger Wildtrak double cab, which is specified as standard on Ranger Stormtrak .

All Ranger Stormtrak models are equipped with Ford’s range-topping bi-turbo 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine with 213 PS and 500 Nm of torque. A standard selectable four-wheel drive system offers confident off-road performance, while the advanced 10‑speed automatic gearbox is said to deliver a smooth, effortless driving experience.

Ranger Wolftrak is powered by Ford’s 170 PS 2.0‑litre EcoBlue diesel engine with the choice of six-speed manual or 10‑speed automatic transmission. A selectable four-wheel drive system with shift-on-the-fly function, electronically-locking rear differential and all-terrain tyres are standard to enable progress in challenging off-road conditions, supported by a low range four-wheel drive setting to improve performance on steep hills and soft surfaces.

Ford anticipates Ranger Wolftrak will appeal strongly to customers in farming, forestry and outdoor pursuit industries as well as private buyers.

The new Citroën C5 X will arrive in Ireland in early 2022

Citroën C5 X For Ireland In 2022

The new Citroën C5 X will arrive in Ireland in early 2022
The new Citroën C5 X will arrive in Ireland in early 2022

Citroën Ireland has confirmed that the new flagship Citroën C5 X model will go on sale in Ireland in early 2022.

This all-new model features an original design that is said to combine "the elegance of a saloon, dynamism of an estate and the elevated stance of an SUV." It has an elevated stance thanks to increased ground clearance and large-diameter 19" wheels allowing for a higher driving position with greater safety and visibility.

Inside will feature 'Advanced Comfort' seating, simple dashboard design and spacious rear cabin invites rest and relaxation. C5 X also introduces an all-new infotainment interface for Citroën that combines a new 12" HD infotainment interface, natural voice recognition system, customisable widget-based display, 4 USB Type C sockets and wireless smartphone charging.

Other technologies include extended Head Up Display and Highway Driver Assist, which combines Adaptive Cruise Control with a Stop & Go feature and Lane Keeping Assist to provide level 2 semi-autonomous driving.

Practicality will be a key focus with an easy opening tailgate, wide loading area and 545 litres of boot space available.

Ride comfort is optimised through enhanced acoustic insulation and Citroën Advanced Comfort® suspension, which is designed to recreate the iconic magic carpet effect the brand became famous for.

Inside the new C5 X
Inside the new C5 X

Roominess is said to be further enhanced by 360-degree glass areas around the cabin, including quarter windows, and a large opening glass sunroof that allows more light into the cabin.

The new Citroën C5 X will go on sale with a petrol engine or a plug-in hybrid with 225 hp and electric range of around 50 km.

Colin Sheridan, Managing Director of Citroën Ireland, said:

“For generations, Citroën have been synonymous with comfort. The C5 X, as the new flagship model for the brand, now offers an industry benchmark for driver and passenger comfort. We look forward in anticipation to re-entering the D-segment with the C5 X. We expect to announce pricing and the specification line-up for this exciting new vehicle before the end of this year and look forward to first models arriving here from January 2022 in time for the 221 registration period.”

As reported by Changing Lanes, Gowan Group has now taken over the importing and selling of Citroën vehicles in Ireland. Citroën vehicle sales, spare parts and after sales services will continue to operate through the existing dealership network of 23 franchise dealerships and 6 additional aftersales service providers.

Citroën Ireland will launch many new models in the coming months including the all-new C4 and ë-C4, the C5 Aircross PHEV, as well as the facelifted C3 and C3 Aircross models.

The new C5 X will be available with petrol and plug in hybrid engines
The new C5 X will be available with petrol and plug in hybrid engines

The new Opel Mokka-e on test for Changing Lanes

Opel Mokka (2021) Arrives In Ireland!

The new Opel Mokka-e on test for Changing Lanes
The new Opel Mokka-e on test for Changing Lanes back in February

Opel Ireland has confirmed that the new Opel Mokka has arrived now at Opel dealers nationwide.

Following on from the launch of the updated Opel Crossland earlier in the year, the new Opel Mokka goes on sale from €23,295 plus delivery related charges.

For the first time it will be available as an all-electric model - the Opel Mokka-e - along with petrol and diesel versions.

Available in SC, SRI and Elite trims, standard equipment on the entry level SC trim includes enhanced traffic sign recognition, lane keep assist, collision avoidance sensor with brake assist, pedestrian detection alert, electronic cruise control with speed limiter, rear parking sensors with rear view camera, air conditioning, 7” colour touchscreen, 7” colour driver instrument cluster, DAB radio and 16” alloy wheels.

The sporty SRI trim, retailing from €24,795 plus delivery, gains heated driver and front passenger seats, electronic climate control, rain sensing front windscreen wipers, electro-chrome rear view mirror, auto lights, front centre armrest, sports alloy pedals, SRI red interior trim, leather-effect seat trim, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 2 additional USB ports in the rear, a black painted roof, tinted rear window privacy glass, 17” alloy wheels and LED front fog lamps.

The luxurious Elite trim, retailing from €27,795 plus delivery, adds driver seat massage function, leather upholstery, 10” colour touchscreen with navigation, an enhanced 12” multi-colour driver instrument cluster and  17” bi-colour black alloy wheels.

Available across all three trims, petrol and diesel engines offer power outputs ranging from 100 hp to 130 hp.

Available in SRI and Elite trims, the all-electric Opel Mokka-e produces 100kW (136 hp) and 260 Nm maximum torque. In the WLTP cycle, the 50 kWh battery enables a range of up to 324 kilometres before recharging is required. A 100 kW DC fast-charger replenishes 80% of the battery in just 30 minutes. Opel offers an eight-year/160,000km warranty for the battery.

James Brooks, Managing Director at Leeson Motors, Opel Importer in Ireland, said:

“The arrival of the new Opel Mokka, together with the Crossland, heralds the beginning of an exciting new era for the Opel brand. Sporting a daring, stand-out exterior, a breath-taking interior and boasting a high level of standard comfort and safety features, the new Opel Mokka is fun, efficient, robust and innovative. With Dealers reporting strong customer enquiries already, our new Mokka is destined to change the perception of our brand and to be a true success with many existing Mokka customers and conquest buyers alike.”

The new Opel Mokka on sale now in Ireland
The new Opel Mokka on sale now in Ireland

Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV goes on sale in Ireland in 2021

New Car Registrations Ireland March 2021

Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV goes on sale in Ireland in 2021
The Volkswagen ID.4 has arrived in Ireland

The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) has released official new vehicle statistics for Ireland in the month of March.

New car registrations for March were up 54.3% (9,270) when compared to March 2020 (6,006), but down 44.45% (16,687) on March 2019.

Registrations year to date are down 3.23% (48,188) on 2020 (49,794), and down 24.85% on the same period in 2019 (64,126).

SIMI says to present a more accurate picture of the new vehicle registrations, it is important to compare registrations totals with the same period in 2019 (pre-COVID) when businesses were fully operational.

The bestselling car brands in Ireland in 2021 were 1. Toyota, 2. Volkswagen, 3. Hyundai, 4. Skoda, and 5. Ford.

The bestselling models were 1. Hyundai Tucson, 2. Toyota Corolla, 3. Toyota RAV 4, 4. Ford Focus and 5. Toyota Yaris.

The bestselling car in March was the new Volkswagen ID.4.

Diesel now accounts for 36.58% of the Irish new car market, petrol for 32.68%, hybrid for 17.04%, electric for 5.87% and plug-in electric hybrid for 5.51%.

1,046 new electric vehicles were registered in Ireland in March 2021 compared to 369 in March 2020. So far this year 2,831 new electric cars have been registered in comparison to 1,650 in the same period in 2020.

Electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and hybrids continue to increase their market share, with their combined market share now over 11%.

Used car imports for March (5,842) have seen an increase of 25.61% on 2020 (4,651) and a decrease of 34.87% (8,970) on March 2019. Year to date imports are up 5.46% (18,420) on 2020 (17,466) and down 31.35% (26,832) on 2019.

Light Commercials vehicles (LCV) are up 110.2% (3,008) compared to March last year (1,431) and down 1.1% (3,042) for the same month in 2019. Year to date new LCVs are up 22.41% (11,346) on last year (9,269) and up just 2.63% (11,055) on 2019.

HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) registrations are up 11.54% (319) in comparison to March 2020 (286) and 19.03% (268) March 2019. Year to date HGV's are down 2.9% (882) on 2020 (908) and down 0.23% on 2019 (884).

Brian Cooke, SIMI Director General commenting:
“With dealers still able to operate on a click and deliver basis, new car sales are only marginally back on last year. However, this does not tell the real story. The first quarter of each year is the key selling period for the Irish Motor Industry, and new car sales in Q1 when compared to the same period in pre-COVID 2019 are down 25%, or nearly 16,000 cars. This represents lost revenue to the sector in excess of €500 million and lost taxation to the Exchequer of €170 million. With the lockdown now extended into April, the Industry will struggle to make up this lost business. In this context and in light of dealers’ ability to transact in a low risk outdoor environment, it is vital that we do re-open at the start of May to allow dealers sell both new and used cars, and to protect local employment. On a more positive note, it is encouraging to see the increases in the sale of Electric Cars and PHEVs despite the restricted trading environment.”

The C5 Aircross is Citroen's take on the compact family SUV

Gowan Group Appointed Citroën Importer For Ireland

The C5 Aircross is Citroen's take on the compact family SUV
Fresh start for Citroen in Ireland with new importer

Gowan Group has taken over the importing and selling of Citroën vehicles in Ireland with effect from today.

The company already has history with the brand having acted as Importer for Citroën vehicles from 1982 to 2009 through its subsidiary, Gallic Distributors Limited.

Citroën vehicle sales, spare parts and after sales services will continue to operate through the existing Citroën Dealership Network in Ireland. At present, there is a network of 23 franchise dealerships in Ireland and 6 aftersales service providers.

Colin Sheridan has been appointed as Managing Director of the Citroen business.  Colin was formerly Sales & Marketing Director of the Peugeot brand in Gowan and played a key role in the growth of Peugeot over the past eight years.

Thirteen staff members from the former Citroën Importer have joined the new Importer operation.  Gowan Group looks forward to working with the existing Dealer Network and building sales volumes and market share for cars and commercial vehicles for the benefit of all stakeholders in the future.

Citroën is part of the iconic brand portfolio of Stellantis, one of the world’s leading automakers, which has industrial operations in 30 countries and a commercial presence in over 130 markets worldwide.

Michael Dwan, Gowan Group Managing Director said:

“We are delighted to be appointed as the Citroën National Importer for Ireland.  Gowan Group has a rich history with Citroën, having imported and sold the brand for 27 years up to 2009.  We are committed to selling and servicing through the existing Citroën network of dealers and service providers and are very excited about the prospects for the brand.”

Colin Sheridan, Citroën Managing Director said:

“This is a very exciting time for the Citroën brand.  The range of passenger and commercial vehicles on offer has proven extremely popular with the Irish consumer over the years.  In 2021, we will see some fantastic new model launches including the imminent arrival of the all new C4 (available in petrol, diesel and a fully electric version – a first for Citroën). The arrival of the new all-electric C4 complements the recent addition of the C5 Aircross PHEV and strengthens the brands LEV offering further.  A revised Aircross model will also be added to the range in July.  On the commercial side, the fully electric ë-Berlingo will be on sale in Q3, further adding to the existing LCV range which features Dispatch, fully electric ë-Dispatch (2021 International Van of the Year winner) and Relay models. I am certain the product line up coupled with the enthusiasm of our new staff members and dealer network will see the Citroën brand in Ireland go from strength to strength.”

The 2021 Cupra Formentor has arrived in Ireland

CUPRA Formentor Arrives In Ireland!

The 2021 Cupra Formentor has arrived in Ireland
The 2021 Cupra Formentor has arrived in Ireland

CUPRA Ireland has launched the new CUPRA Formentor to the Irish market, priced from €37,135.

It goes on sale with a range of engines, including plug-in hybrids and high performance versions.

The launch of the Formentor is the first, original, stand alone model for the new CUPRA brand, and joins the CUPRA Ateca, CUPRA Leon, and CUPRA Leon Sportstourer.

The Formentor is named after Mallorca’s Cap de Formentor and is pitched as a unique proposition with no direct competitors. It will be available from CUPRA’s four retailers in Dublin, Limerick and Cork.

The CUPRA Formentor range starts from €37,135 for the 1.5-litre 150hp TSI model with a 6-speed manual transmission, rising to €40,885 with a DSG transmission.

At the top of the petrol range is the flagship 310hp 4Drive VZ model for €64,425.

There are two, 2.0-litre TDI diesel models with 150hp. The version with a 6-speed manual gearbox costs €39,135, while the DSG 4Drive version costs €45,975.

Pricing for the 204hp e-Hybrid starts from €39,895, with the more potent 245hp version starting from €50,130 including SEAI grant. The Formentor e-Hybrid integrates a system that combines a 150hp 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine, a 115hp electric motor and a 13 kWh capacity lithium-ion battery to offer the best of both worlds in terms of performance and emissions. In the case of the 245hp version, 0-100km/h is possible in just 7 seconds, yet CO2 emissions are rated at just 32g/km. This model can also drive up to 54 kilometres on electric power alone.

Inside the new Formentor
Inside the new Formentor

CUPRA Brand Director Niall Phillips, said:

“CUPRA has a bright future ahead. With the addition of the new CUPRA brand, we are now a company with two distinct brands, both brands have completely different target groups, and both take on very separate roles in the Volkswagen Group. The Formentor will be a door opener to new customers that look for exclusivity, contemporary design and innovation.”

Phillips outlined the positioning of the CUPRA brand as sitting between the mass and premium brands, with a range that will expand beyond the current line-up, especially in terms of electrification.

“CUPRA will gain significant volume growth and market share relevance in the Irish market over the coming years as the Product, Electrification, Awareness and Retailer Network become more established," he said.

There are plans to double the retailer network by the end of the year.

The brand has also outlined pricing for the new Leon CUPRA PHEV models, with the 1.4-litre TSI 245hp version starting from €41,210 and the Sportstourer models starting from €42,060 including SEAI grant. This model is expected to be the top-selling Leon CUPRA and will offer a full-electric range of 52km, with CO2 emissions of 28.9-32.4 g/km.

There have been a range of new additions to the CUPRA Ateca model, too, with the new 2.0-litre TSI 300 4Drive DSG costing from €66,065.

There will be a total of seven new Electric and Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) models across the SEAT and CUPRA range, with the fully electric CUPRA Born model coming to Ireland in early 2022.

The CUPRA Tavascan fully electric SUV is also set to join the CUPRA range in 2024.

The new Cupra Formentor is available with plug-in hybrid technology
The new Cupra Formentor is available with plug-in hybrid technology

The new Mazda CX-30 e-Skyactiv-X

Mazda e-Skyactiv X Updated For Power And Efficiency

The new Mazda CX-30 e-Skyactiv-X
The new Mazda CX-30 e-Skyactiv-X

Mazda Ireland has confirmed that the 2021 model year versions of the Mazda CX-30 and Mazda3 will see the debut of the updated version of Mazda’s Skyactiv X SPCCI Spark Controlled Compression Ignition petrol engine.

Renamed e-Skyactiv X, the updated version delivers increased performance and even more efficiency.

The latest 2.0-litre e-Skyactiv X engine produces 186 ps at 6,000 rpm and maximum torque of 240 Nm at 4,000 rpm, an increase of 6 ps and 16 Nm respectively. We're told the torque improvement is most noticeable from 2000 rpm onwards, however e-Skyactiv X’s torque output has improved in almost all engine speed ranges, and particularly under acceleration from partial-load driving situations most commonly found during daily driving.

Efficiency has also been improved, with CO2 emissions dropping by 5 to 11 g/km – depending on model, transmission and trim level - with increases also in combined economy (WLTP).

The updates to Mazda’s 2.0-litre Spark Controlled Compression Ignition engine have been achieved through adjusting the compression ratio, optimisation of combustion control, modified pistons and updating the Mazda M Hybrid mild-hybrid system’s software. This results in a broader operating band of combustion efficiency, so e-Skyactiv X delivers higher maximum engine torque and improves real-world fuel economy. The intake valve timing has been adapted through modifying the intake camshaft, this leads to a reduction in pumping losses and further increases the engine’s specific heat ratio, resulting in improvements to the e-Skyactiv X’s fuel consumption.

Additionally to the updates to the combustion engine, the Mazda M Hybrid mild-hybrid system has had a software update that enables faster reactions of the system’s belt-driven ISGs torque control. This improvement on control smooths drivability by increasing or reducing torque control when needed. For example, when the e-Skyactiv X’s air supply unit turns on – to provide sufficient air needed for a lean combustion fuel-air mixture – or off again, the units inertia creates torque fluctuations. The Mazda M Hybrid’s enhanced software enables torque reactions issued through the belt-driven ISG that are quick enough to flatten the torque curve. As a result, the engine feels smoother during linear acceleration.

Corresponding to the renaming of the e-Skyactiv X engine, Mazda’s 2.0-litre Skyactiv G engine is moving to e-Skyactiv G naming and across the 2.0-litre range CX-30, CO2 has been reduced by 7-8g/km.

On sale now, the 2021 Mazda CX-30 line-up feature a choice of e-Skyactiv X or e-Skyactiv G models, which are offered exclusively with front-wheel drive. GT Sport grades are also available with Mazda’s advanced all-wheel drive system with the e-Skyactiv X engine, in either manual or automatic transmission.

The 2021 Mazda3 is also on sale now with the same upgraded e-Skyactiv X engine. It benefits from 5-11 g/km CO2 reductions, alongside the same power and torque improvements. The 2021 Mazda3 Saloon is offered exclusively with the e-Skyactiv X engine, with the hatchback available in both e-Skyactiv X and e-Skyactiv G.

The new MG5 EV Sportwagon will go on sale in Ireland in April!

MG5 EV Expands MG Range In Ireland

The new MG5 EV Sportwagon will go on sale in Ireland in April!
The new MG5 EV Sportwagon will go on sale in Ireland in April!

MG Motor has confirmed that the new MG5 will arrive in Ireland in April, priced from €27,645 including grants and VRT relief.

The new MG5 EV Sportwagon will join the new MG ZS and the MG HS, which went on sale in Ireland at the end of 2020.

The brand has already established a network of 6 new MG dealers.

The addition of the new MG5 to the range will help strength the brand's presence selling exclusively electric and hybrid models on the Irish market.

The new MG5 is a unique offering in the electric vehicle market, offering the practicality of an estate car with an electric powertrain. It's powered by a 52.5 kWh battery with a system power of 156 hp and range of 345 km (WLTP).

A CCS adaptor allows fast charging that will charge the battery to 80% from 0 in 50 minutes. A full charge at home using a wallbox will take about eight and a half hours.

Two trim levels are available:  Excite and Exclusive.

Gerard Rice, Managing Director of MG Motor Ireland, said: “Building on the recent successful launches of the ZS EV and HS PHEV, the MG5 EV completes the package to essentially offer electric for all drivers in Ireland. The MG5 EV will appeal to both families and business users alike, with plenty of flexibility for loading the passengers and cargo combined with an impressive electric driving range."

The new MG5 EV comes with a 7 year/150,000km fully transferable warranty as standard.

The most exciting new model at Hyundai is the new Tucson, with a plug-in hybrid to join in 2021

New Car Registrations Ireland February 2021

The most exciting new model at Hyundai is the new Tucson, with a plug-in hybrid to join in 2021
The Hyundai Tucson continues to sell well in Ireland

According to new car registrations data released by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI), new car registrations for Ireland in February were up 5.3% with a total of 13,834 cars registered compared to February 2020 (13,138).

Registrations year to date are down 11% (38,986) on the same period last year (43,788).

The bestselling car brand in Ireland in February 2021 was Toyota, followed by Hyundai, Volkswagen, Skoda and Ford.

The bestselling car for the month of February was the Hyundai Tucson, followed by the Toyota Corolla, Toyota RAV4, Toyota Yaris and the Ford Focus.

Diesel accounted for 36.32% of the new car market, petrol for 33.6%, electric for 4.59%, plug-in hybrid for 4.88% and hybrid for 18.14%.

New electric car registrations increased for the month of February with 813 registered compared to 390 in the same month last year. So far this year, 1,791 new electric cars have been registered in comparison to 1,281 in the same period last year, an increase of 39.81%.

Both hybrid and plug-in hybrid continue to increase their market share too.

Light Commercials vehicles (LCV) are up 51.30% (3,315) compared to February last year (2,191) and year to date are up 6.39% (8,339). HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) registrations are down 15.8% (224) in comparison to February 2020 (266). Year to date HGV's are down 9.5% (563).

Used car imports for February (5,757) have seen a decrease of 7.04% on February 2020 (6,193). Year to date imports are down 0.94% (12,579) on 2020 (12,698).

Brian Cooke, SIMI Director General commenting:
“While new car sales were slightly up when compared to February last year, they are down 11% year to date and down 18% on 2019. Strong pre-orders at the end of last year along with the ability to offer a click and deliver service have helped the Industry, as has the reduced VAT rate during the first two months of the year, which has brought some March sales forward. Looking ahead to March, with most year-end pre-orders having been fulfilled, the increased VAT rate and with the absence of car hire, it is anticipated that the month ahead will be a challenging one for the Industry. From a health and safety perspective, the Industry has proven during the duration of the pandemic that showrooms can operate in a safe environment for their employees and customers. The large size of dealerships, the low average footfall, the ability to do business on a strict appointment only basis and the option of displaying cars outside lends itself to social distancing and safe retailing. Car sales are very low risk, but offer a high return to the State in terms of employment and Revenue. In this context SIMI members are ready to open showrooms for business safely, but if this is not possible a move to click and collect would help the sector in the interim.”

The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class will arrive in Ireland in September

Mercedes-Benz C-Class (2021) Debuts

The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class will arrive in Ireland in September
The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class will arrive in Ireland in September

Mercedes-Benz Ireland has confirmed that the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class will launch in Ireland in September.

The new generation C-Class features styling cues from other models in the Mercedes' range, including technology features from the flagship S-Class - the latest generation MBUX infotainment system, optional rear-axle steering and comprehensive electrification.

New Saloon and Estate models are characterised by short front and rear overhang, long wheelbase, and sporty bonnet with power domes. In what Mercedes calls its ‘cab-backward’ design, windscreen and passenger cell have moved gently towards the rear.

Mercedes-Benz promise more space inside the vehicle with greater elbow space and added rear head and knee room.

An all-new interior design features a dashboard covered with man-made leather with nappa-look beltlines and new veneers in brown and black tones.

There's also a technology upgrade in the form of the latest generation MBUX and ‘Hey Mercedes’ multimedia and voice-activated assistance systems with touch screen functions.

Five petrol and three diesels are available at launch, all with four-cylinder, turbo charged engines and 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission. Petrol models will include the C 180 (1.5-litre), C 200 and C 200 4MATIC (1.5-litre), and the C 300 and C 300 4MATIC (2.0-litre).

Inside the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Inside the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Diesel models include the C 200 d, C 220 d and C 300 d 2.0-litre engines.

Plug-in hybrid versions with an electric range of around 100 kilometres will join the range later.

A new suspension is said to deliver agile handling, along with high ride and noise comfort. Optional rear-axle steering, operative at speeds below 60 km/h, means fewer turns are required to reduce the turning circle. Sport suspension with continuously adjustable damping is also optionally available.

Latest generation driving assistance features deliver more comfortable and safer driving with functions that include distance assist, steering assist, lane keeping assist, and a feature that can detect and raise the body height in anticipation of an impending collision.

Improved surround sensors give the driver even better support when parking and manoeuvring at low speed, while emergency braking functions protect other road users.

Comparing it to its predecessor, Ciaran Allen, sales manager for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars, said: “in all but name, the new C-Class is pure S-Class in so many respects”.

“Coming immediately behind the flagship model, it raises the bar beyond what owners might have expected from a first-tier offering in the luxury segment. In that regard, it sets a new benchmark for Mercedes-Benz itself and others,” Allen added.

The most popular models in Ireland are expected to be the C 180 and C 200 d. Pricing for the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class range in Ireland will be announced closer to its arrival date in September.

Petrol, diesel and hybrid for the new C-Class
Petrol, diesel and hybrid for the new C-Class