Mercedes-Benz Extends The C-Class L Sedan In Beijing

The new A-Class sedan and Maybach crossover concept may be taking center stage on Mercedes‘ stand at the Beijing Auto Show this week. But they’re not the only Silver Star debuts at the Chinese expo.

Alongside them, Daimler has rolled out a new stretched-wheelbase version of the C-Class sedan. Measuring eight centimeters (3.15 inches) longer than standard, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class L offers extra legroom in the back. All the better for owners who prefer to ride in the back and let their chauffeurs do the driving.

The C-Class also debuts in China with new four-cylinder engines that feature the 48-volt EQ Boost technology. The (very) mild hybrid system has bee making its way across Daimler’s engine lineup and promises to help boost fuel economy, while powering additional auxiliary systems as well. .

The new compact luxury sedan also gets LED headlights as standard, with Multibeam Ultra Range units available. There’s also a new digital instrument display, large media screen, a multifunction steering wheel, 64-color ambient lighting, and multicontour seats.

“People who know a little of the history of our brand here in China will know why the C-Class is very special to us,” said Nicholas Speeks, Benz’s local sales chief. “In 2014, here in Beijing on this stage, we introduced our game-changer: the long-wheelbase C-Class – a car that promised to transform our brand’s perception from what had gone before. 380,000 customers since that day have confirmed that change and with their trust have placed the C-Class, also in quarter one of this year, as its segment leader.”

Together with the A-Class sedan, C-Class L, and Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury concept, Daimler also showcased the Mercedes-Maybach S680 at the Beijing show. But that’s simply what it calls the twelve-cylinder, AMG-powered S650 in China, where 8 represents a lucky number.

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  • I am liking these LWB models of M-B…too bad they are not offering them elsewhere…

    • Ilbirs

      My sight got so used to what these LWB Chinese models look like to a point that I prefer them to the Western specs used as a startpoint even when it comes to aesthetics. In the case of modern RWD models like this C-Class L, the stretching process also gives an advantage when overcoming the consequences of these too tall center tunnels.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    Some of the smallest people on the planet want the biggest cars. Weird…

    • It’s partly on culture, they are used to big Americans car from 30s and 40s and after the communist era, car development is stalled and they are cut off from the rest of the world. While cars like Hongqi maintaining the large legroom and Chinese start to associate cars with huge legroom in the back signifies luxury and status.

  • Sébastien

    Wheel base vs roof line and cargo, apples to oranges…

  • Sébastien

    Isn’t a LWB C-class just an E-class?

    • Autoexperte

      No, the E-class has a dual-screen cockpit … and a higher price

      • pcurve

        I think you missed the joke…. unless you were also joking too… in which case, I was just joking.

  • Autoexperte

    buyers want saloons with legroom in the second row also in Europe and US

  • Beside longer wheelbase, apparently this C-Class also featured large display for infotainment.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    Yes, I’m sure it’s for the kids.

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