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First pictures: New Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Mercedes-Benz has revealed its new C-Class saloon and estate, which will come with a 60-mile range plug-in hybrid – double that of the previous C-Class PHEV – as well as petrol and diesel power.

According to the German brand, its latest compact executive model takes a “major step forward” in terms of its digitisation and quality,

The plug-in hybrid gets a 25.4kWh battery, and Mercedes claimed that the luggage area is larger than the previous PHEV, up by 45 litres to 360 litres on the estate, where there was previously a large degree of encroachment to package the battery. The rear seats will also now fold on the PHEV where they couldn’t before. The powertrain combines a 95kW electric motor and 2.0-litre petrol engine, and a diesel PHEV will also follow in due course.

Among the regular engines, the most efficient is the 200hp C220d at a best of 138g/km, while the petrol engines don’t get below 149g/km for the 170hp C180. The 265hp C300d and the 150hp C200 and 258hp C300 complete the range, with all bar the entry petrol and diesel are also offered with 4Matic four-wheel drive.

The new model is slightly larger than its predecessor, which has allowed for an extra 35mm or knee room for rear passengers, while elbow room is up 22mm in the front and 15mm in the rear, and there is also a slight headroom increase.

The dashboard and central display are tilted toward the driver, and the dash screen is a standard 10.25 inches, or 12.3 with the larger option. The central touchscreen is 9.5 inches as standard, with an 11.9-inch enhancement available as an option.

The C-Class is already our best-selling saloon. Still, I’m certain our new C-Class will excite even more customers with a wide range of high-tech features derived from our flagship S-Class,” said Mercedes-Benz CEO Ola Kallenius. “With the latest generation MBUX, rear-axle steering and comprehensive electrification, our most successful model range will once again raise the bar as the most sophisticated offering in its segment.”

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