Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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  • 2015

  • Product Design
    Automotive and Transport

Designed By:

  • Gordon Wagner

Commissioned By:

Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific

Designed In:

Germany

On a visual level, the new C-Class represents a bold departure from its predecessor. Its emotional, sensuous surface geometry deliberately displays a degree of tension and as a result appears muscular and full of character. At the same time the design showcases the high-tech character in a purist, clear and exciting fashion.

Intelligence and emotion – these two polar opposites define the design of the Mercedes-Benz brand. The design of the new C-Class is a statement of this current Mercedes-Benz style of design. Consequently, progressive and emotional highlights underscore the ground-breaking design style of the new C-Class and demonstrate sensuous clarity.


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  • The all-new C-Class heralds a new chapter in the Mercedes-Benz success story and sets new standards in the premium medium-size category. Thanks to an intelligent lightweight-design concept boasting weight savings of up to 40 kilograms, excellent aerodynamics and new economical engines, the C-Class establishes new efficiency benchmarks in its segment. A host of new assistance systems offers safety of the highest standard, while a new optional air-sprung suspension provides for exemplary ride and driving comfort as well as nimble and agile handling. In all, the high-class appeal of the new C-Class feels like an "upgrade to a higher class of vehicle".

  • The Mercedes-Benz designers have styled the interior on a level which is rarely encountered even in higher vehicle segments. This applies to the carefully chosen high-class materials and their pleasant touch and feel as well as to the precision of the finely crafted details. The driver and front passenger enjoy a great deal of space and luxury in an unobtrusive, modern style on board the new C-Class. This gives rise to a feel-good atmosphere which is new to this category of vehicle - settling into your seat in the C-Class is akin to the uplifting feeling of being upgraded from economy to business class on an airliner.

  • The body-in-white of the new C-Class provides an innovative basis for reduced weight, outstanding rigidity, including load introduction rigidity for excellent handling, combined with optimum noise and vibration characteristics and a high level of crash safety. Thanks to intelligent and innovative lightweight construction, the aluminium hybrid body is around 70 kg lighter than a conventional steel body. The vehicle's overall weight is even reduced by up to 40 kilograms. As such, the new C-Class leads the "lightweight rankings" in its segment. This spawns numerous benefits: the lightweight construction of the new C-Class cuts fuel consumption by over 10 percent without any loss of performance just to name one.

  • It is the declared aim of Mercedes-Benz to make the highest standard of safety available to everyone. To this end, the new C-Class incorporates almost all of the new assistance systems with a host of enhanced functions which celebrated their world premiere in the S-Class and E-Class only a few months ago. The assistance systems enhance both comfort and safety. Mercedes-Benz calls this Intelligent Drive.

    Mercedes-Benz has systematically advanced and substantially improved the air conditioning system in the new C-Class. This applies in particular to the control quality, performance, efficiency and air quality. The new C-Class is also the only vehicle in the segment to offer tunnel detection via satellite navigation. It uses map data from the navigation system and the GPS location data to close the air-recirculation flap automatically when the vehicle enters a tunnel, subsequently re-opening it when the vehicle emerges from the tunnel. Another highlight contributing to a feel-good atmosphere is the AIR-BALANCE package with active fragrancing, air ionisation and more efficient filtration.