It seems that Christmas is early for our executives who are waiting for the new C-Class’ arrival in the Philippines. It is now here. Bankers and corporate executives, rejoice!
The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a bigger car than its predecessor. It is 95 mm longer, 40 mm wider, but it is lower by 15 mm. This should result in a stance that is sportier and more dynamic than the model it replaces. More importantly, wheelbase has been stretched by 20 mm. Despite the bigger dimensions, weight has been reduced by 100 kg through the extensive use of aluminum.
The variants launched in the Philippines are the C200 Avantgarde, C200 AMG Sport, and C250 AMG Sport variant. Absent from this generation (specific to the Philippine market) is the upright grille with the Mercedes hood ornament, replaced by a sportier and more aggressive grille design with the Mercedes logo placed in the grille itself. AMG exterior enhancements that makes the C-Class AMG sport look dynamic even at a standstill include a sportier set of wheels, and a much more aggressive body design. The C-Class looks like a baby Mercedes-Benz S-Class, which isn’t a bad thing, more like a complement, really. More than just design features, the LED head lamps on the C250 AMG sport, and standard LED tail lamps provide clear and energy-efficient illumination.
AMG Sport Interior
The interior has been simplified. The new design now includes a tablet-style infotainment screen. The 7-inch Audio 20 infotainment system is upgraded into an 8.5 inch COMAND Online system if one opts for the C250 AMG Sport. The COMAND Online system now includes a touchpad (which is also standard on other variants). Perfect for writing letters and addresses, especially for the C250 AMG sport’s navigation system. An analog clock elegantly accentuates the C-Class’ interior, further enhanced by a host of aluminum accents and metal surfaces around the interior.
Just as well-machined as the aluminum trim are the speakers of the C-Class AMG Sport’s Burmester high-end audio system, the same sound system equipped in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The Air Balance package, meanwhile, filters the air inside the cabin, whilst adding a perfume to really highten the senses of the car’s occupants. The AMG sport models also includes the Ambient LED lighting package, which highlights the cabin’s sensual design elements at night, bringing an unparalleled level of comfort and deep relaxation.
Other assistance features for the AMG Sport models include an Active Park Assist system that automatically parks the car in order to ensure a perfect and easy parking all the time, and a reverse camera that provides a clear view of what is behind the C-Class. The C250 AMG sport adds a hands free trunk operation system. A simple foot gesture opens the trunk of the vehicle, a feature integrated in the C-Class’s standard Keyless-Go smart entry and start system.
Powering the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a 2.0 liter inline-4 turbocharged, direct injected petrol engine in two different states of tune. The C200’s engine produces 184 hp and 300 Nm of torque, while the C250’s engine produces 211 hp and 350 Nm of torque. Mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission, the C200’s 0-100 km/h acceleration is achieved in 7.3 seconds, while the C250 can do the same job in 6.9 seconds.
C200 Avantgarde – P3,550,000
C200 AMG Sport – P3,880,000
C250 AMG Sport – P3,980,000