Inden Design is not your typical Mercedes-Benz tuner. Unlike Brabus or Carlsson , this small German tuning house rarely focuses on appearance. Sure, some of its vehicles feature a few nips and tucks and different wheels, but Inden ’s modifying skills are more visible under the hood and in the suspension department.
Not surprising, the company’s most recent project, which is based on the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class , follows the same recipe. The sedan got wrapped, lowered and slammed on bigger, sexier wheels, while its engine had its output increased by nearly 30 percent.
Inden Design’s vehicle of choice is a C-Class fitted with the company’s sports grille, which comes with the traditional three-pointed star embedded in the grille. Up front, the sedan can be easily mistaken for a standard C-Class , with only the lip spoiler standing out through its gloss-black paint. On the regular model, the piece sports a body-color finish. Things are a tad different around back, where the AMG Line apron houses a set of exhaust pipes taken from the C63 AMG Black Series Coupe .
But wait, there’s more to this souped-up C-Class than just a new exhaust and front spoiler piece.
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Mercedes C-Class By Inden Design
When viewed from the side, Inden Design’s C-Class is no longer the sedan we’re familiar with. The vehicle sits 1.7 inches (45 mm) lower, thanks to an upgraded sports suspension and rolls on a new set of wheels. The rims, provided by Barracuda Racing Wheels, come in a Shoxx, twin-spoke design and measure 20 inches on all four corners. They are wrapped in low profile Dunlop Sport Maxx tires to go with the sedan’s lowered stance. Additionally, customers can select wider wheels for the rear axle, but they require further body modification.
Rounding off the exterior is a Dull Sandstone Metallic wrap done by TTS. The new shade covers all the strips and additional inserts adorning the body, leaving only the black grille, front lip spoiler and side sills to provide some contrast. The light blue calipers peek from behind the silver wheels to add a touch of color.
As with all Inden Design tunes, the C-Class also benefits from a hefty power increase, although the company stresses the engine is still "under development." As of 06/24/2014, the 1.6-liter four-cylinder unit in the Euro-spec C180 model generates 200 horsepower, which is a 44-pony increase. Of course, the new output is enhanced by the throatier note coming out the revised exhaust system. Customers looking to take this unique vehicle home will have to pay €47,800 ($65,116 as of 06/24/2014) for the car and the tuning pakage.
No sooner had the first production of the brand new Mercedes Benz C class (W205) rolled out and found their way onto the streets than the first tuning upgrade of the new medium class limousine of the renowned refiner Inden Design from Rennerod also rolled into the limelight. The new Inden Design project vehicle was photographically showcased along with the photo model Angela Kutscher from Sprockhövel, who has successfully acquired a huge name-recognition value as well as won several beauty contests and had in the past, also posed before the camera for the Inden Design fine art wall calendar.
Inden Design implanted in classical silver, the current Shoxx rim design of the company Barracuda Racing Wheels in the wheel houses of the C180 limousine that has already been delivered in the sportive AMG Line in the factory-fitted form and ornamented by the respective aprons and sillboards. The vehicle in the picture was fitted all-round with 9x20 inches double-spoke rims with Dunlop Sport Maxx tires of the dimension 235/30R20 mounted on them. Alternatively, Inden Design also offers rims measuring 10.5x20 inches with 275/25R20 tires for the rear axle; bodywork adaptations are however required for the proper installation of this wheel/tire combination.
For a well-set fitting of the wheels and a crouched visual appearance and a more dynamic driving behavior, Inden Design installed chassis suspensions on the vehicle shown in the picture, which reduces the focal point by about 45 millimeters. In the near future, a complete coilover kit that will take the project one step further in terms of lowering and driving dynamics will be obtainable on optional basis.
Another highlight of the exterior styling is no doubt, the complete wrapping of the original obsidian black vehicle in dull sandstone metallic that was done by TTS (Timos Tuning Smithery) from Sprockhövel. The wrapping also covered all strips and attached parts; on the front flap as well as on the side skirts, contrasting focus was set on glossy black.
Finally, Joachim Inden integrated the characteristic exhaust pipe-end covers of the C63 AMG Black Series Coupé in the AMG line rear apron, which can be optionally combined with the serial exhaust system or with a stainless steel sports exhaust system. Last but not the least, the four-cylinder C180 turbo engine also produces an exceedingly more distinctive sound. Moreover, the vehicle in the picture is already fitted with power boost of about 200 horse power that is currently still undergoing development (Serial production: 156 horse power).
By the way: The vehicle presented here is for sale. Inden Design offers this limousine that is of absolute new-vehicle-value (list price: EUR 47,800) including all tuning reconstructions for just EUR 49,900.