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