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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

All-New 2023 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Arrives In The Philippines (w/ Specs)

Mercedes-Benz Philippines brings in the all-new C-Class sedan. A response to an increasingly digital and efficient world, the premium compact sedan is aiming to be the benchmark of comfort, control, and connectivity.

A nameplate that’s been in existence for almost 30 years, the all-new C-Class gets the brand’s trademark Sensual Purity design language. The all-new C-Class already looks to be in motion even when standing still thanks to its dynamic proportions. The elaborated sculptured surfaces create unique light effects—a surprise since designers have actually reduced lines to a minimum. At the back are two-piece taillights—a first for the C-Class. Available in the Avantgarde exterior package, it comes with LED high-performance headlights with static cornering lights, a polished aluminum belt trim, and 18-inch light-alloy wheels.

The letters C and S sit at the opposite sides of the alphabet, but with the newest C-Class, they’re now moving closer together. The interior features a driver-centered design with a dashboard that’s divided into an upper and lower sections. The dashboard itself is covered in supple material and it features optic fiber-based ambient lighting. At the top are flattened round vents made to look like aircraft engine nacelles, while surrounding it is an opulent expanse of scratch-resistant trim.

The driver gets a 10.25-inch free-standing full digital instrument cluster, while at the center is a 11.9-inch floating central display. Mercedes-Benz’s shift towards digitalization is obvious here with physical controls all migrating to touchscreen controls. Central to the C-Class experience is the latest version of MBUX. Both software and hardware have made great strides here. Not only is the information presented in a clearly structured way, but it makes it easier to control various functions. It also comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for smartphone connectivity.

Even the door trims have evolved from a traditional vertical surface to something more horizontal. The front part takes the form of a metallic high-tech element which can be used as a grab or closing handle. It also uses the power window controls. Another highlight is the floating control cluster into which the door opener and seat adjustment controls are integrated.

Setting a new standard in efficiency, the all-new C-Class uses the four-cylinder engines from the Family of Modular Engines or FAME. In addition to turbocharging, the engines now incorporate mild-hybrid technology thanks to an integrated starter-generator or ISG. The 9G-TRONIC transmission has also been developed to adopt the ISG. As a result, response and efficiency is up, while weight of the gearbox is down by approximately 30 percent.

For the Philippine market, the all-new C-Class comes with just one powertrain and that’s a turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with 170 horsepower and 250 Nm of torque. This should give a 0 to 100 km/h time of just 8.6 seconds and a top speed of 231 km/h.

Aside from its improved engines, the all-new C-Class also provides a high level of ride comfort without sacrificing agile handling and driving fun.

In particular, Mercedes has lessened the required steering input during dynamic maneuvers by reducing the number of turns for the steering wheel. The C-Class also responds to these steering inputs in a sportier manner. Standard AGILITY CONTROL suspension offers passive selective damping as well as a lower ride height.

And compared to the previous C-Class, the all-new model comes with the latest generation of safety and driver aids meant to reduce driver workload in day-to-day situations for a more comfortable and safe driving including blind spot detection.

In each of its generations, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class has always broken new ground in terms of design and engineering. The all-new model is no different. With an increased emphasis on digitalization and efficiency, the all-new C-Class has answered the call by standing for both.

The all-new C-Class is now available for viewing at Mercedes-Benz dealerships nationwide. It’s priced at P 3.890,000. 

2023 Mercedes-Benz C 180 Avantgarde Specifications

2023 Mercedes-Benz C 180 Avantgarde Engine & Transmission

  • Engine: 1.5-liter turbocharged direct injection 4-cylinder
  • Maximum Output: 170 horsepower @ 5,500 to 6,100 rpm
  • Maximum Torque: 250 Nm @ 1,800 to 4,000 rpm
  • Transmission: 9-speed AT
  • Integrated Starter Generator: EQ Boost mild-hybrid
2023 Mercedes-Benz C 180 Avantgarde Performance
  • 0 to 100 km/h: 8.6 seconds
  • Top Speed: 231 km/h
  • Combined CO2 Emissions: 149-141 g/km
  • Fuel: Petrol
  • Emissions Standard: Euro 6D-ISC-FCM
2023 Mercedes-Benz C 180 Avantgarde Dimensions and Weight
  • Overall Length: 4,751 mm
  • Overall Width: 2,033 mm
  • Overall Height: 1,440 mm
  • Wheelbase: 2,865 mm
  • Curb Weight: 1,625 kg
  • Payload Capacity: 625 kg
2023 Mercedes-Benz C 180 Avantgarde Exterior Features
  • Avantgarde Exterior Trim
  • Beltline trip strips in polished aluminum
  • Radiator grille with integral Mercedes star and a chromed louver, surround of radiator grille in chrome
  • Electrically folding exterior mirrors
  • Auto-dimming driver’s side mirror
  • Ambient lighting w/ projection of brand logo
  • LED high-performance headlights
  • 18-inch multi-spoke light alloy wheels
2023 Mercedes-Benz C 180 Avantgarde Interior Features
  • Artico man-made leather (black)
  • Comfort seats
  • Silver gray diamond-pattern trim
  • Center console in cross-cross look, silver gray
  • THERMATIC automatic climate control
  • Electrically adjustable driver and front passenger seat
  • 4-way lumbar support
  • Folding rear seat backrests
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Ambient lighting w/ 64 colors
  • 10.25-inch free-standing full digital instrument display
  • Velour floor mats
2023 Mercedes-Benz C 180 Avantgarde Comfort & Convenience Features
  • ECO start/stop
  • DIRECT SELECT gearshift w/ steering wheel paddle shifters
  • Windscreen wiper w/ rain sensor
  • Multifunction steering wheel in leather w/ touch control panels
  • Central locking (remote control with selective and global opening)
  • Cruise control with SPEEDTRONIC variable speed limiter
  • AGILITY CONTROL suspension
  • MBUX multimedia system
  • 11.9-inch floating central display touchscreen
  • “Hey Mercedes” voice control
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Active Parking Assist with PARKTRONIC
  • Reversing camera
  • Runflat tires
2023 Mercedes-Benz C 180 Avantgarde Safety Features
  • Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
  • Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
  • Acceleration Slip Regulation (ASR)
  • Active Brake Assist
  • Electronic parking brake w/ comfort release function
  • Brake Assist System (BAS)
  • URBAN GUARD vehicle protection w/ interior motion sensor and anti-theft system
  • Blind spot assist
  • Adaptive brake lights, flashing
  • ISOFIX child-seat mountings
  • ATTENTION ASSIST drowsiness detection
  • Two-stage deployment airbags for driver and passenger
  • Sidebags for driver and passenger
  • Windowbags for driver, front passenger, and rear passengers
  • Kneebag for driver
  • Pedestrian protection with Active Bonnet
  • Tire pressure loss warning system


  1. Almost P4M for a 1.5-liter engine car. Wow!

    1. Displacement doesn't tell the whole story. The locally-sold GLE 300d only has a 2.0 4-cylinder diesel engine but it can do 0-60 in about 7 seconds which is fast enough for most buyers in its category

    2. You new on premium cars? They are expensive because of tax, also its the badge that sells, regardless of engine and features. Tbh tho, this c class at 4m is well specced compared to other premium cars sold here.

      For ex. Bmw 3 at 3.6 doesnt even come with carplay and aauto and bmw 5 at 4.4m has about more or less than half of the features of this c class. But its BMW, so it sells.

    3. If you think this is unreasonably expensive and would rather get a mainstream alternative at a fraction of the cost then you are not its intended market.

      Having said that, if I can responsibly buy a 3.8M luxury sedan Id choose the current IS 350f, or the 3 series.

    4. Isnt IS super old? But you do you, id rather have totl civic or 3 and call it a day (i have the money). IS is old, this c is a computer with wheels, and 3 is the incomplete package that sits in between.

    5. There is already a new IS. Look it up boy interior.

    6. It was just a redesign. Here you go again dog thinking tama ka na nman. Abno. Tahol pa.

      Exact words of my friend when we went to the test drive event “pambata labas, pang matanda loob, manobela palang”

    7. It is still a new model. That's like saying the new BRZ is old just because it uses the old platform. Dumbo.

    8. @Anon 10:53 - That's you being frugal hehe. Good for you. You remind me of a former Boss whose net worth and profile could've easily afforded even an S class but chose to drive around daily in a diesel VW Golf wagon.

      True - the current IS F's platform is around a decade old, just a full exterior redesign and some upgrades to its chassis. They released an IS 500 version though perhaps to keep things interesting and casts some halo over the IS line.

    9. Boy interior is far from frugal. He wants to waste money by buying a “pidgot”.

    10. Rg, id rather buy cheap but decent and of good value than spend money on badge and flair. This is why its hard buying a premium car here, you are paying premium but not getting the features and performance. Except of course Porsches and the supercar brands, but those are way way more expensive.

    11. @Anon9:37 - Agreed. In my case, perhaps lll start to consider badge and flair when my bank account reaches at least 300M and splurge on these "relatively underspecc'd" luxury sedans - or go straight for Porsche - which largely doesn't depreciate haha.

      For now Ill stick to our 2001 Toyota Revo with manual windows which refuses to break😊

    12. The obvious lies these guys say on the internet. May pera daw sila. Di ko alam kung maaawa ako o matatawa.

    13. So kilala mo sila?

    14. I know RG is a chronic liar, so there's that. Plus it's the internet. Anybody can claim anything.

    15. So yun na yun? So hindi mo talaga alam? Tagal nako nagbabasa rito pero lately lang ako nag start mag comment dahil sayo, kay boy interior at kay kuchi ikaw wala kang ambag sa usapan walang substance at si kuchi may sariling mundo puro malimali sinasasabi si rg hindi nga tayo sigurado yan pa yun kasi dati may picture ata yan pero dapat kayo yung binaban dito gusto niyo puro tama mga opinyon niyo

    16. Nawala nga yung mga paulit ulit na chinese dealer kayo naman pumalit 🤦🏻‍♂️

    17. What's funny is that most of the people who incessantly bash anything euro in the comments sections here have probably never even rode a euro car, let alone drive one.

    18. @anonymous 10:46 PM, bakit ka ba nakikisawsaw? Wag ka sumali dito. Chismosong to.

  2. Its weird that cars less than half the price of this c class can offer nappa leather.

  3. Buy a mazda instead

    1. No offense meant, but people who comment these things (4m for a 1.5L engine, no nappa leather and so on) are clearly not the intended target market.

    2. You got it wrong buddy, i get the small engine but when you skimp on premium feature in a premium segment that a car half your price has, its just weird. Not saying id rather have the lesser car but the omission is just weird. Pero gets ko baka nasa ibang bagay yung cost.

    3. "Premium" German car with "Man made/fake" leather seats but "Mainstream" Japanese Mazda has "real leather seats". Also, no 360 degree camera at 4m lol. Such premiumness.

  4. Too much screens. I wonder how expensive and problematic it would be once the screens get damaged…

  5. Too much screens and too much tech in cars is not good. More tech, more stuff to break, more problems in the long run. Better keep cars simple. The simpler the better. Just make driving fun, period.

    1. Boy interior likes that kind of stuff.

    2. How sweet. My dog doing the talking for me.

    3. I like intelligent safety systems. But those screens, ehh, computer with wheels, and whats worse is the fact that we are about to get more screens on everything. Latest mazda infotainment is perfect imo, has decent size screen but not obstructive, and has physical knobs and buttons for climate.

  6. Intelligent safety systems = money making systems

  7. Will a car with mild hybrid system be more expensive to maintain than pure ICE car?

  8. At 3.8M you could already buy a 2023 BMW X3 which is already a Compact SUV. Let's go 300 thousand pesos less and we have the G20 320i which is way better to drive than this 1625 kgs underpowered compact sedan

    1. Makes me wonder how the GLB is selling. A 7-seater has a 1.3 engine?

    2. Afaik, it's being outsold by the GLE and GLC

  9. If I had that much money, I still wouldn't spend on a tiny 4 cylinder. I don't care if its turbocharged or fuel efficient or what, for 4 million I should be getting a 6 cylinder at least


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