Two variants of all new Mercedes-Benz C-Class were billed for our local market. Making its debut in the generation of the C200 and C220d models, the new sedan makes its debut in South Africa with the aim of tackling the current generation of BMW 3 Series head-on.
The gasoline-powered Mercedes-Benz C-Class C200 launches the range with a price of R856 080. It is fitted with the brand’s M264 turbocharged four-cylinder 1.5 liter engine with the EQ Boost system and delivers 150 kW of power and 300 Nm of torque.
The oil-fired Mercedes-Benz C-Class sporting the C220d badge has been listed on R911 740. This also uses Daimler’s 2.0-liter OM 654 four-cylinder turbodiesel engine with EQ Boost. This delivers 147 kW of power and 440 Nm of torque. Both cars receive an additional 15 kW and 200 Nm from the electrical system, when available, and adopt the 9G-Tronic torque converter.
As standard, the car is available in Avantgarde trim, but the AMG line, which adds a number of styling cues, adds R54,000 at the price. A plethora of metallic shades are available for the body at a cost of R5 700 but if you want a more exclusive look, you can choose from three Designo shades; hyacinth red (R23 400), opal white (R32,000) and selenite gray (R43,000).
Two models of 18-inch alloy wheels are available at no additional cost. 19-inch AMG multi-spoke design alloy will add R5,000 at the price if the above AMG line is not specified. For a more sporty look, the 19-inch five-spoke light alloy wheels can be added to R28,000 but that removes the AMG line from the setup. Other exterior additions for the car include a panoramic sunroof in R22 900 and an AMG spoiler lip applied to the trunk for R7,500.
Inside, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class adopts the interior of the AMG line via the aforementioned pack, but retains the Artico synthetic leather with black Dinamica microfiber finishes. Four variants of sienna brown, black, macchiato beige and neva gray are available at a price of R3 200. For a genuine leather finish, of which six different shades are available, expect to pay R18 900. Optional extras for the seats include the memory pack at R14,800 which obliges the configurator to remove the premium leather option. Heated front seats will increase the price of 800 R5.
For a more premium cabin finish, four wood trim options are available for R7,500 while a metallic weave finish can be applied at no additional cost. Additional exclusivity can be provided via two center console finishes that will add another R3 200 at the asking price, but these must be applied to specific woodwork colors.
The convenience and comfort features of the passenger compartment can only be equipped via packs of which three are available; Advanced Plus (R21,000), Prime (62,000 R) and Premium Plus (R118,000). The most conclusive offer adds a digital driver’s screen, wireless charging, mood lighting, illuminated door sills, memory pack for the seats, MBUX Navigation Premium, a parking pack with 360 degree camera, headlights digital LED lights, a head-up display, automatic air conditioning, the USB Plus package and MBUX augmented reality for navigation.
Additional junk for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class include the lane keeping package for R14 400 and the night package with dark tinted thermal insulating glass for R7 200. Additional dynamic calm can be added to both models via the brand’s rear axle steering which gets things done by R22,400. For added safety, side airbags can be added to the rear compartment for R8,000 while red seat belts can liven things up for another R6 400. If you find it difficult to follow all the traffic signs thrown at you during your daily commute, the option of road sign assistance is available for you. R6 300.
With as many options equipped as possible, expect to pay R344 100 on the base price on both models. This brings the C200 to R1 200 180 and the C220d R1 255 840.