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New Mercedes-Benz C-Class, E-Class unveiled

Izah Azahari

The new C-Class Avantgarde and E-Class facelift will be unveiled at the Mercedes-Benz Autohaus, Jati Transport Sdn Bhd today.

Following the high tech features of the S-Class model, the C-Class Avangarde is a dynamic, modern and sportier interpretation of the flagship S-Class. It includes a fully digitised 11.9 inch MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience), which was first integrated in the premium S-Class model.

Regarded as the baby S-Class, the C-Class’ sporty exterior shares the similar curves and lines as the E-Class, while maintaining its own identity and elegance.

It features a portrait style multimedia touchscreen display that is driver-oriented and compatible with iOS and Android connectivity with a MBUX Voice Assistant touch control which allows the driver to control many infotainment and comfort functions vocally.

Safety remains a priority for Mercedes-Benz and the C-Class is no exception. Compared to its predecessor, the driver assistance package offers superior safety features with additional and improved functions. It also includes a 12.3-inch customisable and fully digital driver display with speed detection and blind spot assistance.

ABOVE & BELOW: The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Avantgarde at the showroom; and the digital display with Android and IOS connectivity. PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR

The new C-Class features low fuel consumption with a four-cylinder in-line petrol engine with a 48-volt on-board electrical system that delivers an additional 200 Nm of torque via EQ boost. The engine start is quiet, while still maintaining the advantage of power from the EQ boost. The additional torque from the power delivery of the EQ boost helps accelerate the car from a standstill.

Rear-axle steering for the C-Class is available as an option for the first time, and allows for more control and increased agility, superior road-holding and a smaller turning radius to assist in L parking.

Meanwhile, the E-Class 200 Sedan facelift boasts an exterior which has been sharpened all year round and retains its timeless sense of appeal.

For the first time with an E-Class facelift, the rear end has been completely redesigned.

The dynamic front-end features the radiator grille with vertical bars, headlamps with a new contour, front bumper and elongated bonnet as well as the strategically positioned air intakes underscored the accentuated wide look.

The revised rear-end design showcases the two-part tail lights with new internal design, redesigned boot lid and rear bumper.