The all-new, sixth generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class is now in SA. Local Subsidiary Mercedes-Benz South Africa recently made the announcement of the initial range as well as pricing. The cars should be on showroom floors already.

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Heavy investment

The new C-Class, much like its recent predecessors, will be built at the local manufacturing plant in East London. The parent company has invested R13 billion in upgrading the local facility for the production. This latest saloon is also produced in Bremen and Beijing.

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Mark Raine, Co-CEO for Mercedes-Benz South Africa and executive director for Mercedes-Benz Cars South Africa says the fact that East London is one of three global manufacturing plants for the new C-Class is a ‘massive success story’ for the local industry. The state-of-the-art plant has been expanded by 100 000 m2, features more than 500 high-tech robots, and is highly energy efficient and environmentally friendly.”

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A high-tech proposition

As is usually the case, the latest (W206) generation C-Class has grown somewhat over its forebear. Most notably, the wheelbase has grown by 25 mm to 2 865. The styling brings it quite close to the range-leading S-Class in terms of appearance. 

The cabin features a high-resolution LCD screen ahead of the driver. Another screen serves as the infotainment interface. W206 is equipped with the second generation of MBUX system. Occupants can tailor the appearance with three display styles: Discreet, Sporty, Classic; and three modes: Navigation, Assistance, Service). 

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Two engine options to start

Two C-Class derivatives will herald the introduction phase. These are badged C200 and C220d. The C200 petrol develops 150 kW and 300 N.m of torque. The diesel-fed C220d produces a more punchy 147 kW and 440 N.m of torque, which returns a claimed combined fuel consumption figure of 4,6 L/100 km. Both engines are mated with nine-speed automatic transmissions.

The C200 will also be launched in a limited edition known as Edition 6, 400 units will be sold. Edition 6 will come in one of two colours: Spectral Blue and Selenite Grey (pictured above). AMG Line, AMG 19-inch wheels, a panoramic sliding sunroof, and Agility Control are some of its model-specific touches. 


Mercedes-Benz C200: R849 000
Mercedes-Benz C220d: R908 500