The Mercedes-Benz C 180 sedan Style Edition: Dynamic, resolute, self-assured – South Africa Johannesburg

  • Striking: central star on the grille
  • Automatic transmission – 7G-TRONIC
  • Daytime running lights
  • Alloy wheels – 5-twin-spoke R17

A total of more than 2 000 new components distinguish the latest generation of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class from its predecessor.

Mercedes-Benz C 180

With the Style Edition the central star takes prominent place on the radiator grille and is the focal element at the front.

The front and tail-end section of the new-generation C-Class are styled more strikingly, the front being brought closer to the brand’s new design idiom. The front bumper has a more expressive and dynamic contour, and supports the shape of the radiator grille.

The central air intake opens out upwards in a V-shape, forming a visual base unit for the radiator grille. Pronounced side sections extend from the sporty V‑shape at the centre. Continuing beneath the headlamps, these sections blend into the feature lines along the vehicle flanks, forming a link with the sides. The side air inlets in the bumper are positioned low down, giving the car a more road-hugging appearance.

The C-Class has been given a new bonnet made of aluminium, and its contour in the area around the headlamps and the radiator grille emphasises the V-shape of the front end.

The shape of the clear-lens headlamps creates a dynamic and resolute impression, and together with the bonnet, radiator grille and bumper, gives the C-Class a new face. This impression is reinforced by both the exterior form of the headlamps and the interior of the housings. The halogen headlamps are arranged in the classic way, with low beam on the outside, main beam on the inside and the indicators neatly arranged in the outer corner formed with the front wing.

A visual base in the lower section of the headlamp is formed by a horizontal broadband LED indicator unit. The horizontal LED daytime running lamps in the bumper, makes the C-Class clearly recognisable from a distance.

In the case of the rear bumper, the light-catching contours and dividing lines emphasise the width of the sedan. A continuous light-catching contour at the upper end of the rear bumper extends into the flanks to connect the tail end with the sides to emphasise the sporty character of the rear aspect.

In this new-generation model, the tail lights are even more neatly integrated into the tail end by a continuous covering lens. The particular impression of depth is achieved by a centrally located LED indicator, which appears to float in front of the red upper and lower light bands.

In all its finery: restyled dashboard and high-grade surfaces

The sporty and high-quality dashboard, with stylish new trim concept has been enhanced. The touch surfaces of the controls are more finely detailed and galvanised. With its stepped extension, the instrument cluster’s panel now also accommodates the central display. The instrument cluster and a discreet light-catching contour continue to the front-passenger side. The central, trapezoidal air vents and the round vents on the outside are highlighted in detail by galvanised trim.

The large section of trim is an important part of the newly designed dashboard. This extends from the centre air vents across the front-passenger side to the outer air vent and creates a much wider look for the interior. The upper part of the dashboard with its new surface grain continues into the beltlines of the door panels.

The control panel of the new-generation communication and information unit has keys with high-gloss surface inserts. The combination of matt keys, high-gloss areas and a new knurled wheel design accentuates the higher perceived value of the interior. Together with the new telematics generation, the new-generation C-Class also comes complete with a new instrument cluster with an integral display. Directed towards the driver are three tube-style surrounds with a galvanised surface, demonstrating the C-Class’s sporty appeal.

Mercedes-Benz C 180 four-cylinder petrol engine

The C 180 BlueEFFICIENCY model has a four-cylinder in-line engine with a displacement of 1 796 cc.  This direct injection engine has a power output of 115 kW and 250 Nm of torque, and an impressive CO₂ emission value of 150 g/km.

The four-cylinder petrol engine features direct injection and turbocharging, excel with high performance and exemplary economy and stands for systematic downsizing.

The direct fuel injection facilitates higher compression and thus a better thermodynamic efficiency rate, which becomes apparent where fuel consumption is concerned.

The core element of the new engine is the homogeneous direct injection. At a pressure of up to 140 bar the fuel is fed via a high-pressure line to injectors leading to the combustion chamber. This lowers fuel consumption and also considerably reduces pollutant emissions.  In addition to this, a variable oil pump has been developed, as has a heat-management process which stops the coolant circulation when the engine is cold, so that the engine and engine oil heat up faster during a cold start.

What’s more, the camshaft adjusters have been further optimised as vane-type adjusters, and using an integral control valve they facilitate rapid, continuously variable adjustment of the most favourable timing – and therefore a high torque even at low engine speeds. The crankshaft is manufactured from die-cast aluminium, whilst the cylinder head is made of a special high-strength aluminium alloy.

At Mercedes-Benz, high-quality wheels which match the bodywork and form a logical continuation of the design, play a significant role in the high design standards of the overall vehicle.  The 5-twin-spoke light alloy wheels on the C 180 Style Edition compliments the overall styling of the vehicle, and gives an exclusive look.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class continues its success story

The C-Class is the highest-selling model series, and therefore of particular importance for Mercedes-Benz. The current series has found well over one million buyers worldwide since its launch in March 2007. Since the market launch of the first C-Class in 1982 (then known as the 190 model), Mercedes-Benz has sold more than 8.5 million vehicles in total in this segment. In 2010, too, the C-Class was repeatedly topping the registration statistics. Since 2008 the saloon has been the unbeaten world market leader in its segment. It has also positioned itself right at the head of the field in quality inspections in Europe (ADAC (German automobile association) breakdown statistics) and in the USA (J. D. Power study).

The prices for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class BlueEFFICIENCY Sedan (incl. VAT and CO₂ tax):

  • C 180 BlueEFFICIENCY Sedan ‘Style Edition’                       R 359 000
  • C 200 BlueEFFICIENCY Sedan ‘Style Edition’                       R 379 000
  • C 200 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Sedan ‘Style Edition’               R 380 000