Mercedes-Benz is planning on incorporating some clever S-Class party tricks into the new C-Class.
In the eternal pursuit of perfection, Mercedes-Benz is already hard at work developing the new C-Class. First introduced in 1993, the C-Class held the title of entry-level Merc up until 1997 when the A-Class was introduced, and since then the lines between entry-level and premium have been blurred as the C-Class adopted more and more safety and tech features from its more advanced and expensive siblings. Case in point is the upcoming C-Class which, according to Benzinsider will share some of its cutting-edge tech with the trend-setting S-Class.
Spy shots taken of the new C-Class reveal a car that is similar in size to the current model, but now shares a set of squared-off headlights with more expensive cars in the lineup. Confirmation has also been received that the C-Class will feature the same semi-autonomous driving tech as found on the flagship Mercedes-Benz which will include hands-free driving under 80 mph and follow distance control up to 130 mph using adaptive cruise control tech.
Other details that make the new C-Class even more appealing include the rumored inclusion of auto-parking developed in association with Bosch which will make use of level four autonomous tech. Bosch claims it will be superior to the system currently being used in Tesla vehicles. A series of lidar, radar, ultrasonic sensors, and an LG-sourced camera will ensure that the new C-Class fits into the tightest of parking spaces.
The new C-Class is also expected to make use of Mercedes' Modular Rear Architecture platform and will receive a revamp of its electrical system to accommodate 48 volts in preparation for its plug-in hybrid models. Despite the limited information available on the new C-Class, it is clear that Mercedes-Bens isn't holding back, and the new C-Class could potentially be a new class leader when it makes its debut sometime in 2020 where it will compete against the likes of the newly launched BMW 3 Series.