The Estate shines with a clear and at the same time emotional-sporty design, innovative technology, variability and a cargo volume enlarged even beyond that of the predecessor model. Its high-class, sophisticated interior makes modern luxury tangible with design highlights. With these qualities the Estate reinforces its reputation as a multifaceted lifestyle vehicle with outstanding properties for everyday use. In addition, with its many new assistance systems it not only offers the highest standards of safety, but thanks to intelligent lightweight construction, exceptional aerodynamics and new economical engines it also sets new efficiency benchmarks in its segment. The Estate model also provides the stage for the world première of the Mercedes connect me services, which, among other things, make it possible to connect to the vehicle from anywhere at any time and retrieve the current fill level of the tank online.
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 space 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 combined demands on lifestyle, sportiness and practicality in an estate car, in the fourth generation on a new level.
Prof Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development: “The new C-Class Estate is not only extremely practical thanks to its large, variable load compartment. With its state-of-the-art technical features it also strikes out in new directions in its segment with regard to safety, efficiency and comfort. And both men and women drivers enjoy noticeably more driving pleasure.”
Variable and practical
The dimensions of new C-Class Estate have grown considerably. With an 80‑mm/3.1 in increase in the wheelbase (2840 mm/98 in) compared with the previous model, the vehicle is 96 mm/3.8 in longer (4702 mm/185 in) and 40 mm/3.1 in wider (1810 mm/71 in). The resulting increase in space primarily benefits the rear-seat passengers who now enjoy 45 mm/1.7 in more legroom. There is also more shoulder room, elbow room and headroom than in the previous model.
The moderate growth spurt also involves the load compartment. The sporty rear of the new C-Class Estate provides a maximum load capacity of 1510 litres/53 cu ft (according to ISO 3832). It thus surpasses its predecessor by ten litres (0.35 cu ft). The load compartment volume behind the rear seats increased by five litres (0.17 cu ft) to 490 litres (17.3 cu ft).
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 as five-seater, four-seater, three-seater or two-seater version by folding forward the split rear seat bench.
Practical details ensure that the 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.
The new C-Class sets visual highlights with a modern, dynamic design that at the same time exudes sensuous clarity, arouses emotions and, to top it all off, stages high-tech in perfect fashion. Customers can choose from two fronts – with the sports grille or – reserved solely for the EXCLUSIVE Line – the luxury grille with the Mercedes star on the bonnet.
Unusual for a vehicle with a focus on a high level of utility and functionality is the high-value interior of the Estate, which was adopted from the Saloon. With straightforward sportiness, thrilling flowing lines and high-grade materials on the level of a luxury vehicle, it realises a modern, luxurious and at the same time sporty ambience. In addition to the base model, there are also three distinct design and equipment lines each for the exterior and interior.
The Estate also bears the quality seal of the European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation for a scientifically tested high level of allergy-friendliness. Mercedes-Benz is the only vehicle manufacturer to earn the ECARF seal.