Mercedes-AMG, the sports car and performance brand within Mercedes-Benz, is further expanding its model range in the C-Class segment.
The new Mercedes-AMG C 63 as a powerful high-end sports car with rear-wheel drive is powered by a 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine: this develops an output of 350 kW (476 hp) in the C 63 and 375 kW (510 hp) in the C 63 S, making the top V8 model the most powerful car in its segment.
The new Mercedes-Benz C 450 AMG 4MATIC is a tailor-made package for new entrants to the fascinating world of AMG.
The second new AMG sports model has a 270 kW (367 hp) 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine, permanent Performance all-wheel drive and suspension technology adopted from the C 63.
The C 450 AMG 4MATIC makes the typical characteristics of a real AMG model available to an even wider target group.
The comprehensive range of C-Class models offered by Mercedes-AMG GmbH is aimed at discerning customers with an enthusiasm for top performance and the fascination of motorsports.
Whether the top model – the Mercedes-AMG C 63 – or the Mercedes-Benz C 450 AMG 4MATIC, both new models from Affalterbach impress with their authentic vehicle dynamics and typical AMG DNA.
Emotion, adrenalin and goosebumps characterise the unrivalled impression of motorsports performance, which makes every journey a passionate experience.
In a nutshell, the new C-Class models from Mercedes-AMG guarantee fascinating Driving Performance and the emotional appeal for which the brand is famous. Their sporty ambitions are further enhanced by striking AMG designs.
Mercedes-AMG C 63: the top V8 model with GT power
The new Mercedes-AMG C 63 continues the success story of its predecessors, the C 63 AMG, C 55 AMG, C 32 AMG, C 43 AMG and C 36 AMG.
With sales of around 40,000 units, the C 63 AMG presented in 2007 is also the best-selling AMG model to date.
The brand-new C 63, the top V8 model in the C-Class, is a seamless follow-on. A powerful heart beats under the aluminium bonnet with its prominent powerdomes: the newly developed 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine is closely related to the power unit that gives such breathtaking performance to the Mercedes-AMG GT.
The output ranges from 350 kW (476 hp) for the C 63 to 375 kW (510 hp) for the C 63 S.
With unrivalled fuel consumption of only 8.2 litres per 100 kilometres (NEDC combined), the C 63 Saloon is the most economical eight-cylinder car in the high-performance segment.
The AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension with electronically controlled shock absorbers, the mechanical rear axle locking differential and the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT transmission modes raise the driving dynamics to a new level.
Mercedes-Benz C 450 AMG 4MATIC: the new AMG sports model
The Mercedes-Benz C 450 AMG 4MATIC, the new AMG sports model, is an ideal addition to the C-Class portfolio. It provides an attractive point of entry into the world of AMG, and is aimed at a broader customer base.
The superior combination of a 270 kW (367 hp) 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine, permanent AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive and sophisticated suspension technology adopted from the C 63 guarantees maximum appeal and the dynamic performance for which the brand is famous.
The models at a glance:
C 63 S
C 450 AMG 4MATIC
|Engine||V8 biturbo||V8 biturbo||V6 biturbo|
|Drive system||Rear-wheel drive||Rear-wheel drive||All-wheel drive|
|Transmission||AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission||AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission||7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission|
|Displacement||3982 cc||3982 cc||2996 cc|
|Output||375 kW (510 hp) |
at 5500-6250 rpm
|350 kW (476 hp) |
at 5500-6250 rpm
|270 kW (367 hp) |
at 5500-6000 rpm
|Peak torque||700 Nm |
at 1750-4500 rpm
|650 Nm |
at 1750-4500 rpm
|520 Nm |
at 2000-4200 rpm
|Fuel consumption |
|8.4-8.2 l/100 km |
(8.6-8.4 l/100 km)
|8.2 l/100 km |
(8.4 l/100 km)
|7.6 l/100 km |
(7.7 l/100 km)
|CO2 emissions||195-192 g/km(200-196 g/km)||192 g/km(196 g/km)||178 g/km (180 g/km)|
|4.0 (4.1) secs.||4.1 (4.2) secs.||4.9 s (5.0 s)|
|Top speed||250/290 km/h**||250/290 km/h**||250 km/h*|
Figures in brackets for Estate, *electronically limited, ** electronically limited, optional increase to top speed of 290 km/h (280 km/h for Estate) only in combination with the AMG Driver’s Package.
The first customers can look forward to receiving their Mercedes-AMG C 63 from February 2015: the market launch will start with the Saloon, with the Estate to follow in April 2015.
The C 450 AMG 4MATIC will be in the showrooms of the Mercedes-Benz dealerships and authorised sales outlets from June 2015.
Intelligent Drive: safety of the very highest calibre
The declared goal of Mercedes-Benz is making top-class safety available to everyone. The C 63 and C 450 AMG 4MATIC live up to this standard as well, because they adopt many of the new and significantly enhanced assistance systems that are also being used in the S-Class.
They come equipped with the further enhanced ATTENTION ASSIST drowsiness detection system and COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS, which helps to prevent rear-end collisions.
The assistance systems increase both comfort and safety. The predecessor to the new C-Class already impressed with excellent results regarding passive safety. The current model surpasses it and sets new standards.
“Tailor-made product range for further growth”
“With around 40,000 units sold, the C 63 AMG in the 204 series was the best-selling AMG model. We are continuing this success story with the new Mercedes-AMG C 63.
Whether in terms of power, driving dynamics or appointments: the Mercedes-AMG C 63 sets new standards and will further reinforce our brand claim of “Driving Performance”.
AMG customers can look forward to an extraordinarily dynamic driving experience. With the new C 450 AMG 4MATIC, we are extending our C-Class family and addressing an even wider customer base. Both of the new C-Class models from Mercedes-AMG will support the growth strategy of our brand on a sustained basis.
” Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH
“Thanks to typical AMG DNA, drivers experience an unrivalled feeling of motorsports performance – this applies to both the new C-Class models from Mercedes-AMG. Technically sophisticated solutions guarantee authentic driving dynamics. The new C 450 AMG 4MATIC with its powerful V6 biturbo engine and permanent Performance all-wheel drive is an extraordinarily attractive car imbued with real AMG spirit.”
Oliver Wiech, Head of Overall Vehicle Development at Mercedes-AMG GmbH
“The AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine for the Mercedes-AMG C 63 impresses with its fulminating power delivery and highly emotional engine sound. In terms of output, torque and fuel consumption, the C 63 takes the peak position in its segment. It once again demonstrates our technological leadership in the high-performance segment.”Christian Enderle, Head of Powertrain Development, Mercedes-AMG GmbH
“The design of the C 63 and C 450 AMG 4MATIC is influenced by motorsports, and appealingly packages the fascinating technology. The two differentiating design interpretations underline the distinctive characters of the two models.”Volker Hellwig, Head of Design, Mercedes-AMG GmbH
Mercedes-Benz C 450 AMG 4MATIC
Second AMG sports model with V6 power
Driving Performance – the AMG brand claim and typical character traits can now be experienced by an even broader target group.
The new C 450 AMG 4MATIC expands the product range of the sports car and performance brand within Mercedes-Benz with another new AMG sports model.
As an attractive entry into the world of AMG, the C 450 AMG 4MATIC combines a 270 kW (367 hp) 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine with a permanent Performance all-wheel-drive system and sophisticated suspension technology adopted from the Mercedes-AMG C 63.
This all results in fascinating driving performance and the hallmark emotional expressiveness of the brand.
The new AMG sports model is available as a Saloon and an Estate model, and makes the extensive product line-up within the C-Class range even more attractive.
The new AMG sports models boast impressive product features. Even at first glance, the characteristic AMG body styling leaves no doubt that this model is part of the Mercedes-AMG model family.
Another indication of the new model strategy is found in the form of a special AMG badge on the front wings. From an engineering standpoint, the AMG sports models deliver perfectly on the visual promise of a sporty character, with a powerful engine, the standard-fit AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive system with rear-biased torque split, and sophisticated suspension solutions.
In addition to the Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 AMG Coupé, the C 450 AMG 4MATIC represents the second stage of the new model initiative. Further emotionally inspiring AMG sports models will follow.
Authentic driving dynamics thanks to hallmark AMG DNA
The new C 450 AMG 4MATIC is based on the most powerful production model of the C-Class, the C 400 4MATIC.
The engineers have revised many technical features of the new AMG sports model. Their objective: a high level of authentic driving dynamics that uses the Mercedes-AMG C 63 for reference.
To this end, a host of suspension components were adopted from the top-of-the-line V8 model. The driver also feels the DNA of the C 63 in the application of the engine and transmission management.
Agility and sportiness dominate the intense driving experience in the C 450 AMG 4MATIC every mile of the way.
Key data at a glance:
C 450 AMG 4MATIC
|Bore x stroke||88.0 x 82.1 mm|
|Output||270 kW (367 hp) |
at 5500 – 6000 rpm
|Peak torque||520 Nm |
at 2000 – 4200 rpm
|Power-to-swept-volume ratio||90.1 kW (122.5 hp)|
|Fuel consumption |
|7.6 l/100 km (7.7 l/100 km)|
|CO2 emissions||178 g/km (180 g/km)|
|Kerb weight (according to EC)||1615 kg* / 1690 kg** |
(1660 kg* / 1735 kg**)
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||4.9 s (5.0 s)|
|Top speed||250 km/h***|
Figures in brackets for Estate * Ready-to-drive condition (fuel tank 90% full, without driver and luggage);
** Ready-to-drive condition (fuel tank 90% full, with driver (68 kg) and luggage (7 kg); *** Electronically limited
The new 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine is part of the BlueDIRECT engine family from Mercedes-Benz. Technical advances including a modified boost pressure allowed the AMG engineers to increase the engine’s power output and torque.
With 270 kW (367 hp) and 520 Newton metres the V6 engine sets new standards in its segment – as demonstrated by its impressive performance: acceleration from zero to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds (Estate: 5.0 seconds) underscores the sporty temperament of the C 450 AMG 4MATIC.
With combined fuel consumption of 7.6 litres per 100 kilometres and CO2 emissions of 178 grams per kilometre (Estate: 7.7 litres and 180 g CO2 per km) the new top-of-the-line V6 model defines an absolute top position in the competitive environment.
High-tech for dynamism and efficiency
The cutting-edge six-cylinder has a bore/stroke ratio of 88.0 x 82.1 millimetres, and develops its peak torque between 2000 and 4000 rpm.
High output and a powerful torque curve combined with high efficiency and the lowest emissions in this class – sheer high-tech provides the basis for the exhilarating characteristics of the V6 biturbo engine: The V6 member of the BlueDIRECT engine family shares many technologies with the new V8 biturbo.
The high volumetric efficiency is ensured by the turbocharger package configured to the engine and the piezo injection technology.
Serene or dynamic: the choice is yours
Thanks to hefty torque, the new AMG sports model is agile, direct and dynamic. With the help of various AMG-specific drive programmes the driver is able to tailor the character of the C 450 AMG 4MATIC to his or her personal preferences: The modes “Eco”, “Comfort”, “Sport” and “Sport +”, plus “Individual” are available.
The drive modes adjust the suspension, steering and powertrain as desired, and are selected conveniently with the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT switch to the left of the touchpad.
Below it are the buttons for the 3-stage Ride Control sports suspension and ESP®. The button for the ECO start/stop function is located on the right.
Especially the “Sport+” mode delivers impressive hallmark AMG dynamics and enhances the emotional appeal: partial cylinder suppression during gear changes by means of a momentary and precisely defined retardation of ignition and injection under full throttle speeds up the gear changes, and is also audible to the driver.
The emotional double-declutching functions during downshifts and the “exhaust rumbling” in overrun mode provide the fitting accompaniment.
The throaty engine sound – a hallmark AMG experience – also plays a crucial role in the most powerful V6 model: to this end, the engineers have developed a new sports exhaust system with lower back-pressure and reduced weight.
The driving sensation is also characterised by the set-up of the accelerator pedal: The more the driver changes the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT settings from “ECO” towards “Sport+”, the more spontaneous and dynamic is the throttle response of the V6 biturbo engine.
The driver can also experience authentic and emotional dynamics during engine start if desired: when the twin-turbo V6 engine is started in the “Sport+” drive programme, the engine speed quickly jumps to 2000 rpm for a moment before immediately settling back down to idle speed.
Whether the driver wants to experience the engine start accompanied by a sporty or a more subdued sound depends on the most recently activated drive programme – this remains stored for four hours.
The “Eco” programme integrates an ECO start/stop function and a sailing function to reduce fuel consumption: when the driver releases the accelerator in the speed range between 60 and 160 km/h, the clutch of the transmission is disengaged and the engine is decoupled from the powertrain.
The electronics reduce the engine speed to idle level, and the driving resistance is reduced by the compression and frictional forces of the engine in overrun mode.
7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission with short response times
The 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission responds with superior composure or maximum spontaneity depending on the driver’s preference and selected transmission mode.
“Sport+” mode delivers thrillingly short response times: the driver’s shift commands are implemented at lightning speed – the powertrain responds spontaneously and precisely.
The development engineers have also taken advantage of numerous hardware and software solutions of the C 63 in this regard.
The ‘M’ button on the centre console allows savouring the high pulling power across the entire rev range. In manual transmission mode the 7G-TRONIC PLUS no longer shifts to the next-highest gear on its own, even when prompted by kick-down or upon reaching the redline speed.
The driver alone makes the decisions about shifting via the steering-wheel paddle shifters.
The momentary ‘M’ mode offers another feature: it combines the performance of manual gear changes with automatic upshifts and downshifts.
The driver has the option to shift up or down at any time with the paddle shifters. If no gear change is requested, the transmission independently reverts to the automatic shift mode after a defined period of time has passed.
The 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission features a dual-turbine torsional damper with a speed-sensitive centrifugal pendulum, which minimises vibrations and enhances the occupants’ perceived comfort.
AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension with special axles and adjustable dampers
Agility and sportiness: in the new C 450 AMG 4MATIC the driver can experience every mile of the way why AMG has been successful in motor racing as the sports car and performance brand of Mercedes-Benz for more than four decades.
The basis for this intense experience is the combination of permanent Performance all-wheel-drive system and the AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension.
The 3-stage damper adjustment borrows features from the top-of-the-line V8 model Mercedes-AMG C 63, and combines high agility with superior everyday practicality.
The highlight of the AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension is the combination of independently developed axle components with high aluminium content and electronically controlled shock absorbers with 3-stage adjustment range.
The driver of the C 450 AMG 4MATIC can select a tailor-made suspension set-up using the transmission modes or at the push of a button. The spectrum ranges from balanced long-distance comfort to maximum sportiness.
The technical features of the AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension are characterised by components with sophisticated design: the four-link front axle is fitted with special steering knuckles and load-bearing joints; all components have been optimised in terms of rigidity.
A more negative camber on the front axle and on the multi-link rear axle enhances lateral dynamics. Stiffening of the body shell improves steering behaviour, feedback during cornering, and tyre noise.
The elastokinematics of both axles have been designed to be more rigid in general. All these measures improve the precision and agility, and boost the dynamics.
In addition, the driver benefits from reduced body roll, higher lateral acceleration, better traction, and strong neutral handling at the limit.
In short: the C 450 AMG 4MATIC is a very agile sports model on the one hand, while optimised pull rods and front-axle carrier mounts ensure the hallmark Mercedes long-distance comfort on the other.
Optimum traction thanks to AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive
The all-wheel drive system familiar from a number of AMG high-performance cars is also used on the C 450 AMG 4MATIC.
The perfect grip during acceleration effectively prevents losses caused by slip. For thrilling driving dynamics 33 percent of the engine power is allocated to the front axle and 67 percent to the rear axle.
The rear-biased torque split results in higher agility around the vehicle’s vertical axis. Another major factor here is the sportier set-up of the ESP® with Curve Dynamic Assist.
The tangible effects for sporty drivers are lateral dynamics and cornering performance increased to an above-average level.
Steering and braking system support a dynamic driving style
The electromechanical, speed-sensitive sports steering assists in finding the ideal line and enjoying a dynamic driving style.
The agile handling benefits from the direct and constant AMG-specific steering ratio including optimised tuning and response.
The steering forces are adapted electronically to the given vehicle speed in optimal fashion. In addition, the optimal steering characteristics are selected depending on the activated drive programme – in the “Sport” and “Sport Plus” modes to deliver a sporty steering feel for a dynamic driving style on twisty roads or to deliver a comfortable steering feel in the “Eco” or “Comfort” modes.
The “Individual” programme offers an additional choice. For example, it allows combining sporty firm steering characteristics with a comfortable suspension set-up – or vice-versa.
The sports braking system of the C 450 AMG 4MATIC impresses with fade-free and effective stopping power. Standard equipment includes vented brake discs all-round measuring 360 millimetres in diameter at the front and 320 millimetres at the rear, as well as grey brake callipers with “Mercedes-Benz” lettering at the front.
Design features bear the unmistakable imprint of AMG
The fascination of motor racing in everyday life – the C 450 AMG 4MATIC incorporates this combination visually as well: The second AMG sports model is based on the AMG Line equipment package, and immediately signifies that it is part of the unique AMG family.
Defining design elements are the AMG body styling, the light-alloy wheels and the special AMG badge on the front wings.
They underscore the progressive nature and performance of the brand. The engine cover with red aluminium insert likewise visualises the strengths of the new twin-turbo six-cylinder engine.
The AMG body styling includes the front apron with sporty, distinctive air intakes, diamond meshes and silver chrome trim, as well as the rear apron with matt iridium silver diffuser insert.
The simulated air vents on the sides are not only reminiscent of the top C 63 V8 model, they also form defined spoiler lips to improve the Cd figure. Two twin exhaust tailpipes in a special design accentuate the sporty look.
The Saloon features a new, expressive spoiler lip on the boot lid, the Estate a roof spoiler. Both additionally improve road adhesion at the rear axle.
The model badges “C 450” (left) and “4MATIC” (right) are affixed to the boot lid or tailgate.
Silver chrome and high-gloss black exterior elements lend the C 450 AMG 4MATIC a sporty and expressive character.
The radiator grille sports a high-gloss black louvre and chrome inserts. The diamond grille adorned with chrome pins adds special flair.
Other highlights include the exterior mirror housings, waistline trim strips and window surrounds in high-gloss black.
Customers are also able to order the optional Night package: this includes dark-tinted thermal insulation glass from the B-pillars to the rear, a trim element in the front apron, the diffuser-look insert at the rear in high-gloss black and two twin exhaust tailpipes in black chrome.
5-spoke light-alloy wheels painted in black with a high-sheen finish round off the design perfectly. Size 225/45 R 18 tyres on 7.5 x 18 light-alloy wheels are fitted at the front, while the rear axle comes with 245/40 R 18 tyres on 8.5 x 18 wheels.
Attractive 48.3-cm (19″) light-alloy wheels in various designs are optionally available for even greater individualisation.
Interior with exclusive, sporty flair
The C 450 AMG 4MATIC fascinates with exclusivity and sportiness in the interior as well.
The pleasant touch and feel of the materials and the quality of workmanship ensure an impressively classy setting and an emotional passenger experience.
A high-quality start-up display welcomes the driver: the central screen in the dashboard displays AMG lettering in the style of the AMG badges on the front wings, which are specific to the sports models.
The ARTICO/DINAMICA upholstery and the instrument panel trimmed with black ARTICO man-made leather convey the sporty ambience in superior fashion.
ARTICO is also used on the upper edges of the body, the armrests, the door centre panels and the centre console.
Red contrasting topstitching, designo red safety belts and black floor mats with red edging add attractive highlights.
The light aluminium trim with a longitudinal grain inset into the dashboard and doors effectively contrasts with the black piano lacquer look of the centre console.
Sports seats with AMG-specific seat upholstery layout and pronounced lateral support offer long-distance comfort and brace the passengers during dynamic cornering.
A fitting complement to the sporty handling is the 3-spoke black nappa leather multifunction sports steering wheel with a flattened lower rim section.
A loving attention to details such as red contrasting topstitching, the moulded grip area and steering-wheel shift paddles and the steering-wheel trim in silver chrome contribute to the appealing look and feel.
The instrument cluster also features the typical AMG style: this source of information comprises dials in the sporty “chequered flag” design, a 280 km/h speedometer scale, red speedometer needles and a specific typography.
Other standard equipment features of the C 450 AMG 4MATIC (selection):
- ADAPTIVE BRAKE
- ATTENTION ASSIST
- Audio 20 USB multimedia system
- COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS
- ECO start/stop function
- ISOFIX child seat attachment system
- Sports pedals
- Cruise control with SPEEDTRONIC
Additional AMG optional extras (selection):
- 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels painted in titanium grey with a high-sheen finish, tyres in size 225/40 R 19 on 7.5 x 19 rims (front) and 255/35 R 19 on 8.5 x 19 (rear)
- 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels painted in high-gloss black with a high-sheen finish, tyres in size 225/40 R 19 on 7.5 x 19 rims (front) and 255/35 R 19 on 8.5 x 19 (rear)
- Multi-spoke light-alloy wheels painted in titanium grey with a high-sheen finish, tyres in size 225/40 R 19 on 7.5 x 19 rims (front) and 255/35 R 19 on
5 x 19 (rear)
- Multi-spoke light-alloy wheels painted in high-gloss black with a high-sheen finish, tyres in size 225/40 R 19 on 7.5 x 19 rims (front) and 255/35 R 19 on 8.5 x 19 (rear)
- Performance seats for driver and passenger, with more heavily contoured seat for enhanced lateral support, integral head restraints and AMG badge in the backrests
- designo leather seat upholstery
- Lugano leather seat upholstery
- Carbon-fibre/light aluminium trim with longitudinal grain
In focus – with AMG-exclusive features
An optional head-up display is a new feature in the C-Class. As in a jet fighter, it projects important information directly into the driver’s field of vision on the windscreen, ensuring that there is less distraction from the road ahead.
The system provides information on vehicle speed, posted speed limits, navigation instructions and DISTRONIC messages. The C 63 also has AMG-exclusive features that include a gear indicator and RACE TIMER.
The head-up display projects important information such as vehicle speed, speed limits, navigation information, traffic signs and information from DISTRONIC PLUS onto the windscreen.
The virtual colour display measuring 21 x 7 centimetres appears to float on the bonnet at a distance of about two metres from the driver.
This means that the head-up display is perfectly positioned in the driver’s field of view. He or she is able to take in relevant information without having to look away from what is happening on the road ahead.
In addition, the display shows the digital speed, engine speed and currently selected gear.
In the alternatively selectable AMG mode, the driver sees a coloured bar graphic prompting upshifts and an additional gear indicator.
The RACE TIMER provides ideal support for fast lap times on enclosed racetracks: the current lap time is shown at the lower edge, where it is optimally visible to the driver.
When AMG mode is activated, the navigation instructions and DISTRONIC PLUS are suppressed.
The technical basis of the head-up display is a specular optics system and a full-colour display module with a resolution of 480 x 240 pixels, operating with high-power LEDs.
The resolution of more than 60 pixels per degree of viewing angle ensures a needle-sharp image.
A light sensor located near the top edge of the roof automatically adjusts the brightness of the head-up display to the exterior lighting conditions.
Brightness levels of 10,000 cd/m² plus can be achieved on sunny days. Because the contrast ratio is better than 1000:1, the system produces a high-quality display even in the dark.
The driver can adjust the height of the virtual image so that it can be easily viewed. On vehicles with seat memory function this feature stores the individual settings.
A range of display content can also be enabled or disabled, and the brightness of the display adjusted individually.
The special head-up windscreen with its wedge-shaped laminated foil eliminates double images produced by reflections on the outer and inner boundary surfaces of the windscreen.
It superimposes the secondary image, which is produced on the outer surface, onto the primary image. This offset depends on the particular angle and has been optimised for a driver in a normal seating position.
Commands at the touch of a finger
The touchpad in the new C-Class developed by Mercedes-Benz marks an evolutionary step. As on a smartphone, all the head unit functions can be operated using finger gestures.
The 65 x 45 millimetre control surface of the new touchpad produced in a scratch-resistant material is built into the handrest on the central control panel and bordered by a high-quality metal support – a design feature with a high-tech feel which exudes luxury at the same time.
While other solutions with a touch-sensitive surface only support selected operating steps, the driver and front passenger can use the touchpad in the new C-Class to control all the functions in the central infotainment control panel using the kind of single and multi-touch finger gestures familiar from smartphones and tablet PCs.
Slow and fast gestures are possible. The touchpad also permits letters, numbers and special characters to be entered in handwriting – in any language supported by Audio 20 or COMAND Online.
The user receives clear tactile feedback when operating the touchpad control surface. Characters entered using the handwriting function can also be read aloud by the system, thus supporting operation without any need to look at a screen.
The acoustic output also ensures that drivers do not need to take their eyes off the road, keeping distraction to an absolute minimum.
Users can input commands reliably with their hand sitting firmly on the ergonomic handrest without any need for hovering fingers.
A new handrest detection feature also increases operating safety and helps prevent incorrect inputs. To this end the system analyses a sensor signal in three dimensions, thus detecting whether the hand is simply being placed on the handrest or is actually inputting data.
The icons on the control surface are illuminated in the dark to help the user locate the various functions.
Three touch-sensitive buttons are arranged behind the touchpad which can be used to operate key functions quickly and directly (back function, switch to favourites menu, audio quick menu).
The touchpad in the C-Class thus offers an additional, fully fledged and innovative input option to complement the existing controller and the LINGUATRONIC voice-operated control system.
Users can choose at any time which input method they prefer.
A completely new multimedia generation offers intuitive operation in the C-Class, featuring elaborate animations and visual effects which present all the functions in a clear and highly attractive manner.
In addition the C 63 and C 450 AMG 4MATIC are equipped with the unique Frontbass system as standard.
The principle of the Frontbass system, which was honoured with the DAIMLER Research and Innovation Award, sounds simple: instead of installing bass loudspeakers in the doors as usual, one bass speaker (two with Burmester® surround sound system) is installed in the driver and passenger footwell in the C-Class.
This was not possible with earlier bodyshell structures. However, the intelligent bodyshell concept of the C-Class with a high aluminium content provides the necessary installation space in the front longitudinal and cross members.
The loudspeaker(s) is/are installed on the left and right in the footwell in an opening in the bulkhead. The cavities behind the members serve as resonance chambers.
Because these structures are inherently very rigid, the bass notes reproduced here are always very precise and have little distortion, even in the case of very high signal levels.
To put it in other words: a clear, crisp bass with high dynamic range comes as standard in the new C-Class.
The position of these independent closed woofers in the footwell creates ideal acoustic conditions. The firewall, the vehicle floor and the underside of the dashboard form a sort of funnel that focuses and concentrates the sound – better performance is the result.
Acoustic efficiency also improves significantly. The formula ‘low energy, lots of volume’ saves energy to boot. In this way, the Frontbass system also contributes towards a CO2 reduction.
Precise, brilliant sound
With the new Frontbass system Mercedes-Benz not only revolutionised bass reproduction in cars, but also created the prerequisites for an outstanding overall listening experience.
As no woofers now need to be accommodated in the doors, the irritating vibrations that are typical of such configurations are eliminated.
The mid-range speakers and tweeters move closer to the vehicle’s beltline and thus almost to the passengers’ ear level. As a result, they produce a precise, brilliant sound.
Without conventional woofers in the doors there is additional door stowage space. It also makes it easier for people to get into the vehicle.
Listening pleasure guaranteed
Four infotainment systems are available:
- Audio 20
- Audio 20 CD
- COMAND Online
- COMAND Online with DVD changer
All come with a flat screen positioned above the centre console:
- The 17.78 cm (7-inch) TFT colour display of the Audio 20 and the Audio 20 CD has a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. The 7-inch display is bordered by a high-gloss black front frame.
- COMAND Online offers a larger 21.3 cm (8.4-inch) display with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels and a special bonded glass cover such as is familiar from consumer devices like the iPhone® or iPad.
Both displays use IPS technology (in-plane switching) and have LED backlighting. Consequently they achieve high brightness values of about 500 cd/m² and contrasts of about 800:1 and higher.
A light sensor adjusts the brightness to the ambient light. The driver also has the option of adjusting the brightness of the display manually to suit individual preferences.
Internet and diverse data sources even in the basic version
All variants of the infotainment system are internet-capable with a Bluetooth®-enabled mobile phone with mobile telephony card and data option.
This enables the internet to be surfed without restrictions when the vehicle is stationary.
Mercedes-Benz Apps such as Weather, GoogleTM Local Search with StreetView and Panoramio, destination/route download and Facebook can be used while on the move in conjunction with COMAND Online.
Audio and video playback is possible from various sources, depending on the device. For example via Bluetooth®, from an Apple iPod® or iPhone®, from an SD card, USB stick or CD/DVD.
COMAND Online offers integral hotspot functionality to boot. It allows passengers on all seats to connect different WLAN-capable devices such as laptop or tablet computers to the internet.
Control via the touchpad
Audio 20 is operated with the familiar rotary/push controller on the centre console. Audio 20 CD and COMAND Online can be operated in addition with finger gestures using the new touchpad.
As a third operating option, COMAND Online also offers the LINGUATRONIC voice-operated control system for audio, telephone, navigation and music search.
Audio 20 and Audio 20 CD
The Audio 20 system is standard equipment. Its comprehensive features include an RDS/triple tuner with traffic information decoder (TP/TA), two USB ports in the centre armrest for external audio and video devices working with MP3, WMA, AAC and WAV file formats.
Audio 20 CD can be operated with the touchpad and is equipped with a CD drive (MP3/WMA/AAC/WAV-capable) and – in conjunction with the Garmin® MAP PILOT or the pre-installation for the Garmin® MAP PILOT navigation system – with an SD card slot.
Digital radio for the DAB, DMB and DAB+ standards is optionally available.
The top-of-the-line COMAND Online is additionally equipped with a Bluetooth® interface that allows the use of text and email write and read functions as well as audio streaming for music playback.
A CD/DVD drive, a slot for SDHC memory cards and 10 GB of storage (Media Register) for compressed audio and video files (mp3, wma, aac, mpeg, avi up to 720p) are likewise integrated. Cover Flow display, song tagging and the “play more like this” function are also included.
COMAND Online also offers the option of playing videos from DVDs and has a picture viewer for photos from SD cards or USB mass storage devices.
Optionally, Mercedes-Benz will equip the COMAND Online system with a six-disc DVD changer and TV receiver for digital TV reception with support for multichannel sound, EPG (electronic programme guide) and video text.
Sound system – concert hall sound
Audiophiles can order their AMG C-Class with the high-end Burmester® surround sound system. This brings a concert hall atmosphere into the interior.
The Burmester® surround sound system powers 14 loudspeakers (standard specification 10) with a 9-channel DSP amplifier and a total system output of 640 watts (standard specification 100 watts).
All loudspeakers are additionally optimised for performance with the premium sound system.
Compared with the base version the following additional loudspeakers are installed:
- one speaker centrally in the dashboard
- four tweeters in upper front section of the door belt rail
- two further speakers on the parcel shelf (Saloon) or in the headlining at the tailgate (Estate)
- two instead of one woofer in the bulkhead provide outstanding bass
The systematic use of analogue diplexers in the medium and high frequency ranges ensures an extraordinarily expressive and natural sound.
Bass, mid-range, treble, volume, balance and fader can be individually adjusted. The listening experience can be enhanced even further with the surround function or sound optimisation for the front and rear seats.
The Audio 20 CD can optionally be supplemented with the user-friendly Garmin® MAP PILOT navigation system. Its merits include accurate map data and excellent route guidance.
The navigation software and the map data are stored on an SD card, which is simply inserted in the dedicated slot of the Audio 20 CD.
The large screen above the centre console displays the maps in high resolution and in colour with the Garmin® look and feel.
Additional navigation instructions are displayed in the instrument cluster. 3D views with exact representation of streets and buildings and photo-realistic junction and lane assistants make orientation easier.
Intuitive operation is provided by the Controller or the touchpad.
The character recognition feature of the touchpad allows text input. The navigation system can also be operated by voice control. Software and maps can be updated easily via the internet.
Hard-disc navigation and more with COMAND Online
COMAND Online with its own fast 3D hard-disc navigation, topographical map display, photo-realistic 3D buildings and 3D map rotations as well as display of NASA satellite images makes for a special sensory experience.
The system presents its contents interactively and its features include an animated compass, a “Drive Show” with information for passengers similar to the on-screen presentations on board airliners and Google Maps displayed on the head unit.
COMAND Online is now also able to provide more accurate real-time information about the situation on the roads when it receives its traffic data via the internet by means of the “Live Traffic Information” service.
Unlike the previous data sources TMC and TMCpro, whose data is received by radio, Live Traffic Information uses a fast internet connection and is therefore always up to date.
The scope of functions also includes lane recommendations, following predefined routes and the calculation of four alternative routes.
Telephony via Bluetooth® as standard
The basic Audio 20 system as well as Audio 20 CD and COMAND Online all offer basic telephony as standard, which links up a mobile phone to the vehicle via a standardised Bluetooth® interface.
The optional “Comfort Telephony” is available as pre-installation of a universal telephone interface which allows the mobile phone to be connected to a phone cradle in the centre console.
A suitable phone cradle for various mobile phone models is obtainable from Mercedes-Benz Accessories.
Digital Owner’s Manual with intuitive search function
Voluminous owner’s manuals are required to cover the ever increasing scope of vehicle electronics in particular.
To make their use easier, Mercedes-Benz equips the new C-Class in conjunction with COMAND Online for the first time with a Digital Owner’s Manual – complemented by a printed version for the most important problem solutions such as in the case of a breakdown.
The benefits of the Digital Owner’s Manual: it uses the browser of COMAND Online and is thus always close at hand for the driver.
A text search function or a virtual representation of the vehicle help find required information quickly and easily.
Let’s not forget: instead of 450 or more pages, only about 100 printed pages now have to be enclosed. This saves about half a kilogram in weight.
Mercedes connect me
In online contact with the car
Mercedes-Benz is introducing a new package of services in Europe under the name “Mercedes connect me”.
The Stuttgart-based premium automotive manufacturer is bundling its entire existing and future service portfolio under the umbrella brand “Mercedes me”, making services easily accessible and available at all times on a digital internet platform.
The line-up can be accessed via a personalised Mercedes ID on the www.mercedes.me website.
“Mercedes me” also includes new “Mercedes connect me” services. “Mercedes connect me” services can be used via a COM module integrated into the vehicle.
The available services include Accident Recovery, Maintenance Management and Breakdown Management.
Likewise, customers can connect to their vehicle from anywhere and at any time via “connect.mercedes.me” and, among other things, retrieve the fill level of the tank or start, stop or programme the auxiliary heating system.
Mercedes-Benz emergency call system
In an accident this service automatically connects the occupants with the Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call Centre and sends the position and the condition of the vehicle to the rescue operations centre.
A rescue vehicle can then be dispatched immediately. The system works automatically, but can also be triggered manually.
“Mercedes connect me” basic services comprise:
- Accident Recovery – Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call makes a connection with the Customer Assistance Center, so that further assistance can be given if required to deal with an accident, e.g. a breakdown vehicle.
- Breakdown Management – provides technical assistance in the event of a breakdown. To this end, the position and condition of the vehicle are transmitted to the Customer Assistance Centre, which informs Mercedes-Benz Service 24h. This allows the Mercedes-Benz Service 24h to provide fast and optimal help.
- Maintenance Management – the vehicle detects and reports pending maintenance need and sends the necessary data to the service outlet as the basis for preparing a service quote.
- Telediagnostics – the vehicle detects the necessary replacement of diagnostics-capable wearing parts and reports this to the dealer. The dealer contacts the customer to schedule a workshop appointment. The previously transmitted data enable the workshop to provide optimal assistance.
The Live Traffic Information service comprises:
- real-time traffic data from TomTom in conjunction with COMAND Online – three-year term, can be extended after the end of the term for a fee.
The optional Remote Online services (can also be used with a smartphone via www.connect.mercedes.me) comprise:
- Parked Vehicle Locator – allows the vehicle position to be determined, for example, if the vehicle was parked in an unfamiliar city. This makes it possible to conveniently find the vehicle with the help of a smartphone within a range of 1.5 kilometres.
- Vehicle Tracker – enables the latest position of a moving vehicle to be pinpointed via GPS. The driver has a display in the vehicle and can deactivate the service at any time with a toll-free call to the Customer Assistance Centre.
- Geofencing – displays where the vehicle is in an area previously defined on the map and informs the customer if the car leaves or enters this area. Just as in the case of vehicle position finding, the driver can deactivate the service at any time. (Expected availability from mid-2015).
- Remote door locking and unlocking – allows locking or closing the vehicle doors remotely, for example, if the driver forgot to lock the vehicle. (Expected availability from mid-2015).
Remote Retrieval of Vehicle Status – vehicle data such as fuel level, range and more can be accessed from home or while on the road.
Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive
The intelligent car
Making top-class safety available to everyone is the declared aim of Mercedes-Benz. That is why the new C-Class also incorporates many of the new assistance systems with a host of enhanced functions, which celebrated their world premiere in the S-Class and E-Class only a few months ago.
They come equipped with the further enhanced ATTENTION ASSIST drowsiness detection system and COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS, which helps to prevent rear-end collisions.
The assistance systems increase both comfort and safety. Mercedes-Benz calls this Intelligent Drive.
The basis for the numerous functions of the assistance systems is an extensive sensor system that provides the vehicle with a 360-degree view.
This includes a new stereo multi-purpose camera (SMPC) behind the front windscreen in the area of the rear-view mirror and hence at the level of the driver’s eyes.
Two camera eyes provide it with a three-dimensional view of the area up to around 50 metres in front of the vehicle, and it is able to monitor the overall situation ahead for a range of up to 500 metres and thus determine the position and movement of objects, especially of vehicles and pedestrians.
Two short-range radar sensors in the front bumper and at the side of the rear bumper respectively (range up to 30 metres), a long-range radar (up to 200 metres) including mid-range scan (up to 60 metres) behind the radiator grille and a multi-mode radar (up to 80 metres) in the centre of the rear bumper complete the sensor system.
The data from the camera and radar is compiled in a control unit in order to provide relevant data for a host of assistance systems – a process dubbed “sensor fusion” by safety experts.
Intelligent algorithms analyse this data in order to detect and pinpoint the position of vehicles ahead, crossing, approaching from the rear and even from the front, as well as of pedestrians, within a large field of vision.
In addition, the camera also detects road markings and a variety of traffic signs. The aim is all-round protection not just for occupants of the vehicle itself, but for other road users too.
The C 63 is fitted as standard with ATTENTION ASSIST, which can warn the driver of inattentiveness and drowsiness.
The COMAND system navigation function on motorways flags nearby break options as stopovers, providing the system has been specified in the vehicle.
The ATTENTION ASSIST function offers an adjustable level of sensitivity and can inform drivers in a separate view in the instrument cluster about their level of drowsiness and how long they have been driving since their last break.
COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS: now brakes autonomously when there is a threat of a rear-end collision
Also part of the on-board standard equipment is COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS with extended capabilities. The further enhanced system can provide even more effective aid in mitigating the severity of rear-end collisions or even in preventing them entirely.
To this end, the radar-based system constantly monitors the area of traffic in front of the vehicle, and can determine the distance and speed of the vehicles ahead.
If the distance drops clearly below the safe threshold, the system issues a visual warning to the driver. If it detects a serious risk of collision, the driver receives an additional audible warning.
At the same time, the system computes the braking power required to still prevent the impact in the ideal case at speeds from as low as 7 km/h.
If the warned driver then depresses the brake pedal firmly, the system is capable of boosting insufficient braking commensurate to the situation.
In so doing it makes the best possible use of the remaining distance in order to leave vehicles following behind space for braking manoeuvres.
If the driver fails to react, new COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS can go one step further and autonomously brake for slower or stopping vehicles.
The system even brakes when stationary vehicles are detected up to a speed of 50 km/h, and can prevent rear-end collisions up to 40 km/h depending on the situation.
Comfort-enhancing assistance with lateral guidance: DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist
DISTRONIC PLUS adaptive cruise control helps the driver to keep the vehicle at the desired distance from another vehicle in front that is travelling slower than the selected cruising speed.
This basic radar-based function has now been enhanced by the addition of Steering Assist, which helps the driver with lateral guidance.
The system helps the driver to keep the vehicle in the middle of its lane by generating a steering torque when driving in a straight line or even on slight bends.
The stereo camera recognises lane markings as well as vehicles driving ahead together with their spatial positioning, and relays this information to the electric steering assistance system.
When driving at slow speeds, e.g. in congested traffic, Steering Assist can use the vehicle ahead as a means of orientation, enabling semi-autonomous following of tailbacked traffic even when there are no clear lane markings visible.
As a result, the system is able to further boost driving comfort and substantially ease the driver’s workload in many traffic situations.
DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist can be activated in a speed range between 0 and 200 km/h, using a selector lever on the steering wheel as before. The desired speed can be set between 30 km/h and 200 km/h.
Drivers must keep their hands on the steering wheel at all times even when Steering Assist is activated, as the function only works in bends above a certain, speed-dependent radius.
Legal considerations also mean there are no plans to introduce hands-free driving. The system’s design is so refined that the sensors can detect whether the driver’s hands are on the steering wheel.
If they are not, the system first gives the driver a visual warning. If the driver fails to react, the system gives an audible warning and lateral guidance is deactivated. Linear control remains unaffected by this and continues to be available.
Needless to say, the driver is able to override Steering Assist at any time. If the driver signals to change lane, for instance, the lateral guidance function will switch into passive mode for the duration of the lane change.
The performance capabilities of the basic DISTRONIC PLUS function have been increased once again. Now the system is able to brake at a rate of up to 5 m/s² without any intervention from the driver.
If the “S” transmission mode button is pressed, the rate of acceleration increases too. Vehicle acceleration is also far more dynamic if the driver signals a wish to overtake by switching on the indicators, assuming the adjacent lane is clear.
By combining the radar and camera data, DISTRONIC PLUS is also able to detect both vehicles cutting in and vehicles ahead in adjacent lanes and take any necessary action promptly.
This can prevent illegal overtaking on the inside lane on motorways and similar multi-lane highways, for example, by adapting the speed to that of vehicles in the outside lanes.
Braking assistance also for crossing traffic: BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist
Apart from material damage, accidents at junctions often result in serious injuries. The new Brake Assist BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist from Mercedes-Benz is therefore not only capable of helping the driver prevent or mitigate the severity of rear-end collision in linear traffic.
The Cross-Traffic Assist function can also help in the event of impending collisions with crossing traffic at junctions.
If this anticipatory system detects a hazardous situation of this type, it prompts the driver to start emergency braking by issuing visual and acoustic warnings.
If the driver presses the brake pedal too tentatively, BAS PLUS will step in by automatically boosting brake pressure for effective emergency braking, even applying the brakes at full power if necessary.
Applying just the right amount of braking power for the situation at hand maximises the available braking distance for traffic behind.
The Cross-Traffic Assist function is effective at speeds up to around 72 km/h, while BAS PLUS is able to aid the driver in linear traffic at any speed.
BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist is potentially able to either prevent or lessen the severity of around 27 percent of all accidents at road junctions resulting in injury.
This equates to some 20,000 accidents a year in Germany alone (source: investigations carried out by GIDAS – German In-Depth Accident Study – and Mercedes-Benz accident research).
With pedestrian detection and city brake function: BAS PLUS and
Pedestrian recognition has been added to the BAS PLUS and PRE-SAFE® Brake functions. Autonomous braking for vehicles in front has also undergone a major enhancement.
Thanks to the combination of stereo camera and radar sensors, it is now possible to detect pedestrians in front of the vehicle.
Visual and acoustic warnings are triggered when a hazard is detected. If the driver reacts by braking, the braking power will be boosted by BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist as the situation requires, right up to full brake application.
If the driver fails to react, PRE-SAFE® Brake will brake the vehicle autonomously. PRE-SAFE® Brake with pedestrian detection is active up to approx. 72 km/h and can autonomously prevent collisions with pedestrians when travelling at up to 50 km/h.
Analyses of GIDAS accident data indicate that this new technology could prevent six percent of pedestrian accidents and reduce the severity of a further 41 percent.
The operating range of the autonomous braking function for stationary vehicles has been optimised so that rear-end collisions can likewise be prevented at speeds of up to 50 km/h.
Safety measures in response to an imminent rear impact: PRE-SAFE® PLUS
PRE-SAFE® PLUS offers an extension of the familiar occupant protection measures in situations where following traffic poses a danger.
A radar sensor in the rear bumper monitors the traffic following behind the car. If the risk of an impact from the rear is detected, the rear hazard warning lights are activated to alert the driver of the vehicle behind (not on vehicles with USA/Canada coding).
In addition, the PRE-SAFE® preventive occupant protection measures, for example the reversible belt tensioners, are deployed.
If the vehicle is stationary and the driver wishes it to remain so (e.g. by applying the brakes, activating the HOLD function or engaging “P” using the selector lever), PRE-SAFE® PLUS comes to the driver’s aid by increasing the brake pressure.
The vehicle’s brakes are “locked”.
Keeping the vehicle firmly braked greatly reduces the strain placed on the occupants, such as the risk of whiplash injuries.
At the same time, it serves to protect other road users too. Uncontrolled vehicle movements after the initial impact that could lead to secondary collisions are reduced.
These could be running into a vehicle in front or colliding with pedestrians or other road users at junctions, for example.
Reacts to broken lines too: Active Lane Keeping Assist
The new improved version of Active Lane Keeping Assist is now also able to intervene should the driver inadvertently cross a broken line when the neighbouring lane is not clear, meaning that a lane change could result in the risk of a collision.
The system can determine if this is the case using the information from the stereo camera and the radar system.
The latter has been supplemented by a sensor at the rear, which works in unison with the other sensors in the front and rear bumper.
Active Lane Keeping Assist is not only capable of recognising critical situations such as overtaking vehicles, vehicles to be overtaken and parallel traffic, it can also respond effectively to oncoming traffic.
When the adjacent lane is occupied, the system not only warns the driver with pulsing steering wheel vibrations when crossing the lane markings, but also intervenes with one-sided, course-correcting braking action induced by ESP®.
It thereby complements Active Blind Spot Assist, and for the first time also makes it possible to avoid collisions with oncoming traffic, which can often have far-reaching consequences.
Active Lane Keeping Assist is active at speeds between 60 and 200 km/h. If driver activity in the form of active steering, braking or acceleration, for example, is detected or when the indicators are switched on, both the warning and the corrective brake actuation are suppressed.
Now also identifies no-overtaking zones and no-entry signs:
Traffic Sign Assist
A new Traffic Sign Assist which builds on the capabilities of the previous Speed Limit Assist represents yet another contribution to accident prevention from Mercedes-Benz.
The system is now also able to recognise no-overtaking zones and alert drivers to no-entry restrictions.
The camera on the inside of the windscreen continues to pick up speed limit signs, including those on overhead gantries and in roadworks, for example.
The camera’s data is cross-referenced against the information in the navigation system and can be displayed both in the instrument cluster and on the map display.
If the camera fails to spot any road signs showing a speed limit or a speed limit is lifted, the legal speed limits based on the navigation data are shown instead, such as a maximum speed of 100 km/h on country roads in Germany or 50 km/h in built-up areas.
No-overtaking zones and the signs ending such zones are also registered and displayed.
In the case of signs imposing access restrictions, the system emits an acoustic warning together with a visual warning in the instrument cluster – making an effective contribution towards the prevention of serious accidents caused by wrong-way drivers.
Automatic manoeuvring into and out of parallel and end-on parking spaces: Active Parking Assist
Active Parking Assist enables automated parking with active steering and brake intervention in both parallel and perpendicular parking spaces.
It is an advanced version of the PARKTRONIC system with Parking Guidance offered previously.
What is more, the system is now also able to manoeuvre out of parallel parking spaces autonomously with automatic steering and brake control, if the vehicle was parked automatically beforehand.
When travelling at speeds below 30 km/h, ultrasound sensors with an extended range in the bumpers’ side sections survey the right side of the road for suitable parallel and end-on parking spaces.
The same procedure is carried out for the left side of the road if the driver activates the left turn indicator. A symbol in the instrument cluster shows that the system is in the process of measuring.
If a suitable parking spot is identified, an arrow appears alongside the symbol indicating that the system is ready for automatic parking.
All the driver now has to do to activate the system is engage reverse gear and confirm by pressing the OK button on the steering wheel.
Active Parking Assist steers and brakes the vehicle automatically and shows the necessary action that the driver needs to take in each case in the display, such as engaging the correct gear.
The driver is able to control acceleration of the vehicle by lightly pressing the accelerator or releasing the brake.
Permanent high beam with no dazzle: Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus
Some 20 percent of all kilometres driven in Germany are driven at night. But 40 percent of all accidents happen during that time. One of the main reasons for this is reduced visibility.
For the first time, Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus allows the high-beam headlamps to be kept on permanently while driving by masking out any other road user detected in the beams’ cone of light.
If the camera-based system registers either oncoming traffic or vehicles ahead, it will adapt the light distribution according to the traffic situation when high beam is switched on.
Consequently, the driver can leave the high-beam headlamps on at all times and use their full range without irritating or even endangering other road users.
There is no need to switch them on and off manually, resulting in a significant increase in the overall driving time with high beam.
Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus likewise makes use of the stereo camera also employed by other assistance systems.
If its image recognition algorithm picks up a vehicle that is oncoming or driving ahead, it actuates a mechanism in the headlamp module.
This then masks the section of the LED headlamps’ high-beam cone of light where there are other vehicles to prevent their drivers from being dazzled.
If road users are detected outside the area that can be masked – for instance when cornering with multiple vehicles in the headlamps’ beams – the system will switch to the familiar function of headlamp range control using the low-beam headlamps.
Possible backglare caused by increased use of the main beam and highly reflective signs at the side of the road is also detected and eliminated by dimming the headlamps accordingly.
Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus builds on the Adaptive Highbeam Assist system first introduced by Mercedes-Benz in 2009.
If this system detects oncoming traffic or traffic driving ahead with the help of a camera, it dips the headlamps and automatically adapts the low beam’s range according to the situation.
In this way, it allows the road to be illuminated for a long way ahead without dazzling other drivers.
In addition to this, adaptive control of the low-beam headlamp range with smooth transitions results in gentler lighting changes that the eyes can adjust to more quickly.
More than two dozen assistance systems
The multitude of assistance systems also includes a 360° camera, which can show various perspectives of the vehicle and its surroundings, including a virtual bird’s-eye view. Numerous assistance systems are available.
Standard equipment features are:
- ADAPTIVE BRAKE with the value-added functions Hill-Start Assist, brake priming, brake drying and HOLD function
- Adaptive brake lights
- ATTENTION ASSIST
- Brake Assist (BAS)
- COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS with adaptive Brake Assist and autonomous partial braking
- LED High Performance headlamps (standard for C 63 and C 63 S)
- STEER CONTROL steering assist function
- Tyre pressure monitoring system
- Crosswind Assist
- Cruise control with SPEEDTRONIC
Optionally available are:
- 360° camera system
- Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus
- Active Parking Assist with PARKTRONIC
- Active Lane Keeping Assist
- Active Blind Spot Assist
- BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist in conjunction with DISTRONIC PLUS
with Steering Assist
- DISTRONIC PLUS
- DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist
- LED Intelligent Light System
- LED High Performance headlamps
- Reversing camera
- Lane Keeping Assist
- Blind Spot Assist
- Traffic Sign Assist