The Mercedes C-Class Sedan (W206) is to be presented in spring 2021 and delivered from summer. For a rough guide to the price, reference is made to the current model, which currently starts at 34,771 euros as a sedan and is available as a T-model from 36,395 euros (as of November 2020).
Not much will change in the entry-level tariff, as two strong competitors, the Audi A4 and the BMW 3 Series, who are particularly popular with fleet operators and corporate customers, stand in the way. For those who can aim higher, the star will continue to offer a wealth of engine and equipment options in the future.
And yet fundamental changes have been made with the new generation of models. Probably the most important minor matter at Mercedes first: the classic bonnet star will most likely disappear from the front of the Mercedes C-Class sedan (2021). What remains is the large central star in the grill – once the trademark for delivery vans and trucks or the two-door cars that used to be rare.
Also numbered are the days of the coupé and convertible body variants built at the Bremen plant, which will continue to run for a while before Mercedes will combine the successors with those of the corresponding E-class derivatives and combine them into a new class, which should be called CLE.
Mercedes C-Class 2021 Interior
An all-round design will take place in the interior of the Mercedes C-Class Sedan (2021). When the driver’s seats are paneled almost across the industry with touch-sensitive and non-touch-sensitive monitors, Mercedes wants to be at the top.
The center console is almost completely covered by an inclined pane underneath three large, circular ventilation nozzles, through which all essential operating tasks are carried out, provided they are not given by freely formulated voice commands. The “Mercedes-Benz User Experience”, or MBUX for short, is also coming to the C-Class with the model change, and the driver – yes, including the taxi driver – will in the future always look at a digital cockpit.
While the fascination of the screen is by no means a unique selling point, Mercedes is taking the whole step when it comes to digitization. According to the new S-Class, the Mercedes C-Class sedan (W206) should also be capable of automated driving at level three of a total of five, i.e. braking, accelerating, and overtaking independently for a limited time on the oncoming traffic-free autobahn, while the driver is more or less free. All of this should be possible, provided that the legislature cooperates by then.
W206 2021 Engine
While the optional air suspension disappears rather unspectacularly from the equipment list, a bang from the subsidiary AMG from Affalterbach should cause discussions. You read that right. The beefy 4.0-liter eight-cylinder with its incomparable sound will no longer make it into the next Mercedes C-Class sedan (2021) and the 3.0-liter six-cylinder in the AMG C 43 with 390 hp is a thing of the past.
It is replaced by the undoubtedly potent, albeit four-cylinder 2.0-liter gasoline engine from the AMG A 45 (internal M 139), which an electric turbocharger will then help on the jumps. This means that performance values beyond 500 hp can be represented – and the maximum torque should also exceed the 700 Newton meters of the current Biturbo V8.
The question is, whether the fans of the AMG sports brand accept the cylinder trimming without complaint. A new addition to the engine range of the Mercedes C-Class Sedan (W206) is the economical “M 254”, a four-liter, 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engine with up to 272 hp and an integrated starter generator. All drives will in the future have a 48-volt electrical system.
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You can recover braking energy and ensure propulsion when the combustion engine is switched off (sailing function). And the clean turbodiesels are also only available with four-cylinders. The most important driver here is the 2.0-liter turbo (OM 654), which has over 300 hp. The cockpit of the new middle class is very similar to that of the S-Class just presented. And the upgrading of the MBUX system in the new luxury liner described at the beginning is also being added to the new C-Class.