Meet the new Mercedes C-Class: Smart, safe, snug

November 19, 2018 7:00 am

Mercedes-Benz C-Class AMG line, exterior: designo selenite grey magno, interior: platinium white pearl/black

A plush ride is not enough if you’re not enjoying the scenery, worrying about your safety and those of others around you.

There is a smart way to go about it.

The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class features the latest driving assistance systems, offering the driver cooperative support and providing for a higher standard of active safety than its predecessor. Improved camera and radar systems allow it to see up to 500 m ahead.

The new C-Class comes with extended Active Brake Assist helping mitigate the consequences of rear-end collisions with slow-moving, stopping or stationary vehicles ahead, and even with crossing pedestrians and cyclists or even prevent them altogether.

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As far as the eye can C-Class

The optionally available MULTIBEAM LED headlamps are new to the C-Class. Each headlamp incorporates 84 individually controllable LEDs. These allow extremely quick and precise, electronically controlled adjustment of the headlamps to suit the current traffic situation.

New functions in comparison to the previously available LED Intelligent Light System are junction light, roundabout light, city light, and bad-weather light.

In high-beam mode, Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus enables continuous long-range illumination of the road ahead without dazzling oncoming traffic. When no other road user is detected, the road ahead is straight and the vehicle speed is above 40 km/h, ULTRA RANGE high beam is switched on automatically. With oncoming vehicles or vehicles ahead, the LEDs of the main beam modules are partially switched off, masking out a U-shaped area of the light beam. The other areas of the road continue to be illuminated with the high beam (partial high beam).

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An inside job

Perfect mood, ideal performance

ENERGIZING Comfort control (optional) links various comfort systems in the vehicle. It systematically uses the functions of the climate control system (including fragrancing) and the seats (heater, ventilation, massage) as well as lighting and musical moods, and enables a specific wellness set-up tailored to the mood and need of the customer. This has positive effects on wellbeing and driver performance.

Up to six programs are available. The programmes all run for ten minutes. They are visualised in the central display with colour graphics and backed by suitable music. Five songs are already stored in the programme. The key function in the “Vitality” program, for example, is fast music with many beats per minute. If personal music selections are available, the system analyses them in the background and assigns them to a programme based on the beats per minute (bpm).

ENERGIZING Comfort control also incorporates ambiance lighting, with 64 colours on hand, harmoniously tailored to each of the individual screen designs.

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Go out on a high note

The C-Class comes as standard with the Audio 20 multimedia system featuring two USB ports, an SD card reader, Bluetooth connection and media interface.

The latest-generation COMAND Online system (option) boasts fast 3D hard-disc navigation with topographic map display, photo-realistic 3D buildings, and 3D map rotations.

Mobile devices corresponding to the Qi standard can be charged conveniently while on the move with the wireless charging system. The charging surface in the quick stowage tray at the front of the centre console is also suitable for large smartphones. This equips the vehicle for the best possible telephone connections and data transfer.

An additional sound system is now optionally available. With nine speakers and an output of 225 W (2 x Frontbass with 50 W, remaining five channels each with 25 W), it is positioned between the standard sound system and the Burmester® surround sound system.

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