The Mercedes-Benz C-class long wheelbase has been unveiled at the ongoing Shanghai Motor show 2021. The latest version of the stretched C-Class is based on the W206 model that was unveiled recently.
- New C Class LWB gets an 89mm longer wheelbase
- Rivals the 3 Series Gran Limousine overseas
- Comes with two turbo-petrol engine options
Mercedes Benz C Class long wheelbase: What's different on the outside?
As seen in most long-wheelbase versions, the stretched C-Class has an 89mm longer wheelbase than the standard W206. This makes it 4,882mm long, representing an overall length increase of around 131mm over the standard sedan.
As far as looks go, apart from longer rear doors, the elongated C-Class gets a stylish L badge on the C pillar, denoting the unique body style, and gets the hood ornament in some variants as well. Mercedes-Benz will also sell the C-Class long wheelbase with a sportier grille design, similar to the standard car.
Mercedes Benz C Class long wheelbase: What's different on the inside?
The dashboard layout and front seats seem to be carried over from the standard car. The second row, however, gets a better seat design, a wider armrest with built in cupholders, and dedicated USB ports. Additionally, the model sold in China has more sound deadening material and a softer suspension for added passenger comfort.
Mercedes Benz C Class long wheelbase: engine and powertrain details
For the Chinese market, the C 200L will come with a 168hp 1.5-litre petrol engine and the more expensive C 260 L will come with a 201hp version coupled with mild-hybrid tech. Both engines will be mated to a 9-speed automatic gearbox.
Mercedes Benz C Class long wheelbase: will it come to India?
For China, the C-Class L joins the range of other long-wheelbase sedans from Mercedes-Benz, like the A-Class L and an E-Class L, along with a stretched GLC SUV. As far as India goes, the E-Class long-wheelbase is sold here. Interestingly, the BMW 3 Series Gran Limousine sold in India is an arch-rival to the C-Class L in the Chinese market. While there is no official news, it remains to be seen whether the new C-Class L comes to India in future.