Next-generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class will receive selfdriving technologySeptember 30, 2019
The competitor BMW 3-Series has been completely redesigned and is now equipped with autonomous driving technology and electrified power plants.
After a sharp drop in C-Class sales in recent years due to the universal desire of buyers for SUVs, the German manufacturer decided to equip the fifth generation models with the new technologies that the next S-Class should receive. The new C-Class, code-named W206 will challenge the recently updated Audi A4 and the new BMW 3-Series as early as 2021.
As the latest prototypes seen on photospy tests testify, the design of the new C-Class represents a clear evolution of the style traced on today’s model. The starting point for the new C-Class is the Mercedes MRA (Modular Rear Architecture) platform. It offers a number of advantages over the earlier version of the platform. So, the novelty supports a more advanced electrical architecture, which is equipped with a 48-volt system.
The MRA design utilizes a double wishbone front suspension and adaptive damping multi-link rear suspension, which will typically be offered as standard on most markets, including the UK.
In addition to the existing model line, Mercedes plans to release a new competitor, the Audi A4 Allroad, represented by the C-Class All Terrain. The novelty will be distinguished by a new design with unique bumpers and wheel arch extensions, increased clearance and enhanced underbody protection. The fifth-generation C-Class engine range will consist mainly of four-cylinder petrol and diesel fuhtufnjv with a choice of soft hybrid EQ Boost and EQ Power features combined with a starter generator or electric motor.
Despite the emphasis on efficiency, the automaker will also release modifications of the C43 and C63. The C43 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder gasoline engine will receive soft hybrid technology, but the C63 will be equipped with an updated version of the modern 4.0-liter V8 gasoline engine with up to 550 hp.
In an effort to make the new C-Class the most advanced car in its class, Mercedes will introduce the latest autonomous driving features. Among them is the new Drive Pilot feature with a third-level autopilot. Due to the fact that it will debut in the seventh generation of the S-class in 2020, it will allow the car to move without human intervention at speeds up to 130 km / h over long distances.
To make the most of these features, the new C-Class interior will be inspired by the earlier Concept EQ. It will be equipped with large digital displays, which will display both instruments and infotainment functions, as well as new touch controls in a less bulky dashboard.
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