Size does matterCompared with the previous generation (S204), the C-Class Wagon S205 is longer, wider and has a longer wheelbase, all of which also bring a larger interior volume for both the passengers and the luggage compartment.
The wheelbase now sits at 2840 mm (111.8 inches), while the overall length is 4702 mm (185.1 inches), making it almost as long as a Mercedes-Benz E-Class of the W124 generation but with an even longer wheelbase.
Even though the rear passengers benefit from 45 mm (1.8 inches) more legroom, the luggage compartment didn't suffer, but actually increased as well. Behind the rear seats there are 490 liters (17.3 cu ft) of empty space now, while the maximum load capacity sits at a best-in-class 1510 liters (53.3 cu ft).
Speaking of the rear seats, they now have a 40:20:40 split instead of the 60:40 split of its predecessor, creating the possibility of driving a C-Class as a two-seater, three-seater, four-seater or five-seater station wagon.
Two versions of the standard steel suspension will be available, one of which including a sportier set-up, while the Airmatic air suspension will be the only one of its kind in the entire segment.
The optional Easy Pack system brings an electrically-powered liftgate, while the Hands-free Access system allows the opening and closing of the hatch with a motion of the foot under the rear bumper.
Gadgets'r'usJust like its sedan brother, the new Mercedes-Benz station wagon brings a number of features and technologies borrowed straight from the S-Class flagship limousine, including a color head-up display and a touchpad Comand controller that can be used just like a smartphone or tablet.
The Intelligent Drive array of safety features includes Collision Prevention Assist Plus with Brake Assist, which helps protect against collisions at speeds above 7 km/h (4 mph).
In other words, the new C-Class Estate is able to carry out autonomous braking at speeds of up to 105 km/h (65 mph) - or even 200 km/h (124 mph) when the Distronic Plus option is fitted - in order to reduce the severity of impacts with slower or stopped vehicles.
The optional Distronic Plus with Steering Assist and Stop and Go Pilot feature effectively transforms the car into an autonomous vehicles in city traffic jams, being able to brake, accelerate and even steer in gentle bends.
Passive safety should also be top notch thanks to combined thorax/pelvis sidebags for the driver and front passenger, two front and rear windowbags, a kneebag for the driver and optional sidebags for the outer rear seats.
Infotainment for the 21st centuryIn Europe, the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class T-Modell S205 will introduce a new package of services under the “Mercedes connect me” moniker. Using its own integrated SIM card, the system will allow services like accident, maintenance and breakdown management, with users being able to check the fill level of the fuel tank, or use the auxiliary climate control systems before entering the car.
The optional Comand Online infotainment system offers an integrated WLAN hotspot, Linguatronic voice-operated control system, digital TV/Radio reception, hard disc navigation and Live Traffic Information. On top of it, it also brings Mercedes-Benz Apps such as Weather, Google Local Search with StreetView and Panoramio, destination/route download and even Facebook.
New range of powerplantsJust like the C-Class W205 sedan, the new C-Class station wagon comes with a new range of Euro 6 engines with ECO start/stop functionality.
The diesel BlueTec range covers outputs from 115 hp to 204 hp, while the C 300 BlueTec Hybrid generates a combined 231 hp and 500 Nm (368 lb ft) of torque, despite a fuel consumption of just 3.8 liters per 100 km (62 mpg).
On the gasoline front, the new model will be initially available with four and six cylinder BlueDirect turbocharged engines with outputs ranging from 156 hp to 333 hp, while the highly-expected C 350 Plug-in Hybrid will come with a combined output of 279 hp.
The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate (S205) will arrive in dealerships starting this Fall, with almost every market apart from the United States and China to receive it.