We’re not the biggest fans of station wagons here in SA and we, at Autodealer, are not sure why but here’s hoping this model, due in October this year, will ignite a newfound passion for estate cars, locally.
The vehicle itself is basically a C-Class with a drastically increased cargo capacity at the rear with some 1 510 litres of space. Compared to the previous generation, the new car has an 80mm longer wheelbase, is 96mm longer overall and 40mm wider. This means more head and legroom for passengers.
There will be three models on offer, initially. The C 180, which is powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder, producing 115kW/250Nm, while the C 200 petrol gets 135kW/300Nm and the top-of-range C 250 BlueTEC diesel, has 150kW/500Nm and emits 124g/km of CO2.
As with the sedan, the customer can select between Estate steel or Airmatic air suspension set-up. There’s the choice of the Avantgard, AMG or the Exclusive Line over the standard trim for both the interior and exterior. These trim lines are interchangeable. For example, one may have an Exclusive exterior pack with an AMG interior.
Standard safety features on the Estate include the Collision Prevention Assist Plus and Attention Assist. These help to avoid rear-end collisions by using autonomous braking.
The C-Class Estate comes standard with a Premium Drive Six-year/100 000km maintenance plan.
|C 180||R447 600|
|C 200||R468 300|
|C 250 BlueTEC||R558 400|