Thursday, May 15, 2014

Mercedes-Benz C-Class W205

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

So, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class has been regenerated for the 2015 model year and for this new-generation C-Class, the medium luxury sedan targeted for the yuppie generation wants to take a shot at its German rivals with its provocative-ish looks, state-of-the-art technology, and its performance that is a class act ahead from the competition...but how good is it, really?

Yeah, how good is it really?

In terms of its looks, the new W205 C-Class looks more of a baby S-Class judging by its headlamps and the taillights. They all look like it came from its S-Class big brother but judging from its identity crisis, it looks rather excellent indeed because it wants to be more of a matured saloon, as matured as someone who recently came out from a rehab. Also, it's now larger than the previous generation as well.

The new model is offered in three lines such as the Exclusive, Avantgarde, and a sporty AMG Line which features an AMG Sport Pack to keep it as precise as a...well, a hedge trimmer perhaps.

What about the interior?

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class interior

Well, the interior of the new W205 C-Class is getting a bit more like today's Mercedes-Benz models since the SLS AMG judging from its circular air vents which is now becoming a trademark of the Mercedes-Benz design because they want to give it a bit more first-class as experienced from a first-class airliner. What's more catchy in the eye of a tech-savvy driver is an overload of gadgets inside. It also features a new touchpad where you can do the controls with your index finger...like what you do with your smartphone all the time. Pretty soon, all the tech will surely eat your mind if you get spoiled with it. If I'm not driving with it, I would just play around with those but when I'm driving, I need to be all eyes on the road because driving really means big business. You can't procrastinate while taking behind the wheel for some important manners.

Is it safe?

In terms of safety, the new C-Class, like any other saloons, features a wide range of safety features as well as driver-assist systems which takes good use of its radar, stereo camera and ultrasound to tell the driver what should do in various situations on the road ahead. It maybe safe but it can be sorry if you're procrastinating on the road.

Performance?

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

At launch, the new W205 C-Class is offered with a 1.6L turbo petrol on the C180, 2.0L turbo petrol on the C200, and a 2.2L diesel engine on the C220 BlueTEC. There will be more engines added throughout this year, including a high-performance 3.0L V6 BiTurbo engine developing 333PS of power and 480Nm of torque. Of course, most models will come with either a 6-speed manual or a 7G-TRONIC PLUS gearbox.

Driving Feel?

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

In normal roads, it's quite a precision well served thanks to its multi-link suspension that lets this saloon corners with ease and because it's now wearing its aluminium bodywork, the new C-Class is now more rigid and lighter than the old one but don't even try thinking that it's all work and all play because unfortunately...it's all work and no play because the new model doesn't seem to be as sporty as its rivals. Yep, like I said, it's as matured as someone who recently came out from a rehab so when it comes to obey its orders, the new C-Class is quite a loyal machine...always following the right path of the road without all the fuss. Overall, it's all of a dramatic machine that never bothers to be as sensible as any other machines.

Price?

In terms of pricing, the new C-Class is now priced at 33,558 Euros for the C180 while the C220 BlueTEC costs around 38,675 Euros. It maybe more costly than the 3-Series but the C-Class is all about being a class apart from the competition. It may have a character but it feels like it's just another day in the office.

Photo: Daimler AG

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