“I’m drawn to you because I can’t understand the topic”… Mercedes-Benz C-Class, ‘God Simbi S-Class’
The nickname of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is ‘Baby S-Class’. In fact, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is the size of a domestic semi-medium car, so it does not match the ‘Benz’ image of a ‘luxury sedan’ that is profound and luxurious. Even 30 years ago, creating a compact sedan that requires premium brands to pay more attention to price competitiveness was considered a risky challenge. The Mercedes-Benz compact sedan C-Class came out in 1982 amidst such concerns.
At that time, Mercedes-Benz made a breakthrough by putting the most expensive and high-end specifications into the C-Class (190 model, W201). The Mercedes-Benz C-Class implemented a strategy of pursuing the same dignity and performance as its older brothers except for the weight class limit as it went through generations. Consumers responded favorably to the presumptuous C-Class. It has become a global best-selling car that has reached ’10 million units’.
The 6th-generation model, which was released globally in February of this year, explicitly aimed for the ‘Benz S-Class’. Design, performance, safety and convenience specifications are all applied to the level of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The 6th-generation Mercedes-Benz C200 4Matic Avant-garde is larger in size. The total length × width × height is 4795 × 1820 × 1455 mm. The design pursued ‘sensual purity’, the design philosophy of Mercedes-Benz. It exudes an S-class feel, befitting the ‘nickname’. The longer, wider but lower body, longer wheelbase, and short front and rear overhangs (distance from the end of the body to the center of the wheel) make it more dynamic and agile than the previous model. The power dome above the bonnet and the giant triangular star in the center of the grill are intense. The sleeker headlamps, huge air intakes resembling kayak paddle paddles, and wedge-shaped rear lamps inherit the blood of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
The interior is also armed with innovative technologies and digital functions applied to the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. It is equipped with the second-generation MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) infotainment system, which was first introduced through the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The 12.3-inch wide-screen cockpit that fills the instrument panel offers a more advanced feel. The center fascia has an 11.9-inch high-resolution LCD central display. Elegance is emphasized with a multifunctional sports steering wheel, black open-pore aluminum line wood trim and a high-gloss black center console. Ambient light consisting of 64 colors helps the driver or passengers create the interior atmosphere in the style they want. An air cleaning package that manages indoor air quality has also been adopted. Ventilation seats, electric trunks, and wireless smartphone connection, which are preferred by domestic consumers, are also adopted as basic specifications to improve convenience. The interior space has become more spacious than the previous 4th generation model thanks to the longer wheelbase. The rear seat space is also slightly wider, but there is also a center tunnel, making it difficult for three adults to ride. It can accommodate 2 adults and 1 child.
The test car adopted a second-generation mild hybrid engine and a 9-speed transmission. The maximum output is 204 horsepower, the maximum torque is 32.6 kg.m, and the fuel efficiency is 11.3 km/ℓ.
A four-cylinder petrol engine with a 48V on-board electrical system and an integrated starter generator work together to provide up to an additional 20 horsepower when accelerating. The steering wheel is light and thin. It transmits a comfortable driving tendency by hand. The drive modes consist of Eco, Comfort, Individual, and Sport. Comfort mode is comfortable and comfortable. It is quiet with less road noise and wind noise. Switching to Sport mode makes the steering wheel heavier and more responsive. Equipped with 4 wheel drive, it is full of stability when turning corners. High-speed stability is also good. Ride comfort is excellent even on speed bumps or on uneven road surfaces.
Adaptive cruise control has a high level of completion among imported cars. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class has improved in size, performance, convenience and safety specifications. The Mercedes-Benz C200 4Matic Avant-Garde price (individual consumption tax cut, VAT included) is 61.5 million won. It is more expensive than the existing Mercedes-Benz C200 (50.8 to 55.1 million won). Instead, the design, performance, and safety and convenience specifications were improved. Befitting the ‘Baby S-Class’, we compete with value for money rather than cost performance.
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