Space concept and model range: (E)state-of-the-art

Jul 15, 2014
With its greater load capacity and variability than its predecessor, the all‑new C-Class Estate sets new standards in its segment. Its sensuously clear design and sporty interior with high-class appeal turn it into the lifestyle estate with a very special aura. With the lightest bodyshell in the segment, outstanding aerodynamics and economical, lively new engines it also sets new efficiency benchmarks. The extensive technology package includes numerous safety features and a new agile, comfortable suspension. 
The new C-Class Estate combines a striking, dynamic design and high-class appointments with outstanding variability and a high level of utility. With its versatility it also adapts to a wide variety of requirements. As a stylish, sporty spacious vehicle it accompanies active, modern people on shopping sprees, on vacation or when playing sports, and is suitable for families in every respect. Consequently, it continues the tradition of the C-Class Estates, which all in their own time demonstrated how demands on lifestyle, sportiness and practicality can be combined in an estate car, in the fourth generation on a new level.
The dimensions of the Estate have grown. With an 80-millimetre increase in the wheelbase (2840 millimetres) compared with the previous model, the vehicle is 96 millimetres longer (4702 millimetres) and 40 millimetres wider (1810 millimetres). The resulting increase in space primarily benefits the rear-seat passengers who now enjoy 45 millimetres more legroom. There is also more interior width and headroom than in the previous model. The seat adjustment area for the driver is also larger. The likewise larger track width of 1584 millimetres at the front and 1566 millimetres at the rear provides the broad base for the new Estate's agile handling.
The optimised space concept also includes enhanced details which go largely unnoticed in the first instance, but which have a positive impact in everyday motoring.  For instance, the vehicle including the exterior mirrors may well be twelve millimetres wider than its predecessor, yet thanks to a new folding system it is seven millimetres narrower with the exterior mirrors folded in – an advantage which comes into its own in practical situations such as manoeuvring in tight multi-storey car parks.
More load capacity, more variability
The moderate growth spurt also involves the load compartment. The sportier rear of the new C-Class Estate provides a maximum load capacity of 1510 litres (according to ISO 3832) and thus surpasses its predecessor by ten litres. The load compartment volume behind the rear seats has also increased by five litres to the current 490 litres.
Variability and consequently functionality also increased significantly. The rear seats now have a 40 : 20 : 40 split instead of the 60 : 40 split in the predecessor. This opens up a wide range of possibilities to use the interior according to individual wishes. For instance the C-Class Estate can be converted from a five-seater to a four, three or two-seater version by folding forward the split rear seat bench.
Practical details ensure that the large load compartment is even more versatile and easier to use, and as a result it can be conveniently tailored to the individual transport tasks. The electric unlocking of the rear seat backrests at the push of a button provides a flat, larger load compartment where necessary using the Singlefold function for the rear seat backrest. The switches for the electric backrest unlocking on the D-pillar are finished in silver shadow.
Four load-securing rings in the load compartment floor ensure the cargo is stowed securely. Side recesses between the wheel arch and tail lamp also provide stowage space. To protect the cargo an integrated combined luggage compartment cover and retaining net which is firmly attached to the bodyshell can be pulled upwards over the load and the safety net.
The loading convenience of the new C-Class Estate can optionally be further enhanced with the EASY-PACK tailgate and the likewise optional HANDS-FREE ACCESS system. It allows opening and closing the tailgate without touching it. All it takes is a motion of the foot in the area of the rear bumper.
Mercedes-Benz has also revised and optimised the stowage compartment concept. Compared with the predecessor the volume of the available stowage facilities has increased from 20.5 litres to 23.9 litres on vehicles with a manual transmission. Automatic models even offer a stowage capacity of 33.5 litres, which is thanks to a distinctive centre console.
Dynamic design with two different fronts
The new C-Class sets visual highlights with a striking, dynamic design that exudes sensual purity while arousing emotions at the same time. Customers can choose from two different fronts – sporty with a central star or – reserved solely for the EXCLUSIVE line – the classic Saloon grille with the Mercedes star on the bonnet, which puts particular emphasis on the status and reputation. The interior spaciously and stylishly showcases straightforward sportiness and aesthetic elegance with high-quality materials worthy of the luxury class with surprising new design ideas. In addition to the base model, there are also three distinct design and equipment lines each for the exterior and interior.
Lightweight construction par excellence
With regard to technical features the new Estate surpasses its successful predecessor in many areas and sets a multitude of new benchmarks in its segment besides. With an aluminium content of 49 percent and up to 65 kilograms less weight for the entire vehicle the Estate is the lightweight-construction leader in its segment. Other benchmarks: 112 grams CO2 emissions for the C 180 BlueTEC and the C 200 BlueTEC as well as 99 grams CO2 emissions for the C 300 BlueTEC HYBRID.
Agility with unrivalled comfort
The new C-Class Estate also boasts the best ride comfort – above all with the AIRMATIC air suspension which is offered for the first time in this segment –, outstanding NVH (Noise, Vibration, Harshness) values, the most comprehensive line-up of cutting-edge assistance systems as well as innovative technologies such as a multifunction touchpad, a head‑up display and GPS-controlled climate comfort.
Estate customers will have a choice of two versions of the standard-specification steel suspension, which also includes a sporty set-up. As an alternative Mercedes-Benz for the first time offers an air suspension in this segment. The AIRMATIC air suspension manages to bridge the gap between a high level of ride comfort and dynamic, agile handling.
Efficient and lively engines
The powerful and efficient petrol and diesel engines with ECO start/stop function comply with Euro 6 emissions standards and ensure sporty performance and driving pleasure. Compared with the predecessor they consume up to 20 percent less fuel.
Three BlueDIRECT four-cylinder petrol engines and one BlueDIRECT six-cylinder petrol engine with power outputs ranging from 115 to 245 kW (156 to 333 hp) will initially be available for the new Estate. The four-cylinder C 350 HYBRID with plug-in technology and a power output of 155 + 60 kW (211 + 82 hp) will follow in due course.
The diesel models are powered by the further enhanced four-cylinder or a new small four-cylinder engine, which as BlueTEC models are all equipped with SCR (selective catalytic reduction) technology. They cover an output range from 85 kW (116 hp) to 150 kW (204 hp).
In addition, Mercedes-Benz offers a diesel engine combined with a hybrid module. The C 300 BlueTEC HYBRID with four-cylinder diesel engine and compact electric motor generates a power output of 150 + 20 kW (204 + 27 hp) and despite its high power output runs on just 3.8 litres of diesel per 100 km in NEDC combined mode (equivalent to 99 grams of CO2).
As is customary, the new C-Class Estate is also available with 4MATIC all-wheel drive.