• Mercedes C-Class L Stretches in Front of Beijing Crowd

Extended version of the C-Class is being showcased for the Chinese market

Mercedes’ booth at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show may be dominated by the imposing presence of the Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury SUV, but another model, presumably sitting on the sidelines, is also making some noise. You’ve probably noticed it as a Mercedes C-Class, which it is. But it also has one unique characteristic that no other C-Class has: it’s really long. That’s because the model you’re looking at is the C-Class L, an updated version of the stretched-wheelbase C-Class sedan that the German automaker is already selling in record numbers in China.

Mercedes C-Class L Stretches in Front of Beijing Crowd
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The arrival of the new C-Class L also highlights a number of things about the car, including the size difference between the C-Class L and the standard version

There’s no going around how popular the stretched-wheelbase version of the C-Class has become in China since it debuted in 2014. According to Nicholas Speeks, Merc’s sales chief in China, more than 380,000 have been sold since it arrived four years ago, helping turn the long-wheelbase unit into one of the most popular models in its segment.

The arrival of the new C-Class L also highlights a number of things about the car, including the size difference between the C-Class L and the standard version. The C-Class L is 3.1 inches longer than its standard brethren. It may not sound like much on the surface, but it creates a world of difference in the interior where the cabin is immediately freed up by the extra space created by virtue of the car’s wheelbase being longer that it’s supposed to be.

The China-exclusive C-Class L also gets a number of new design and functional features. LED headlights come as standard, though there’s an option to get smarter Multibeam LEDs. Meanwhile, the interior is teeming with luxury as premium materials cover just about every square inch of the cabin. Mercedes is also offering a choice of 64 LED ambient colors and an optional multi-contour seat package that features massage capability.

Mercedes C-Class L Stretches in Front of Beijing Crowd
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The China-exclusive C-Class L also gets a number of new design and functional features.

There’s no official word yet on the engine options available to the updated C-Class L, but the model is expected to continue carrying Merc’s four-cylinder engines that feature the 48-volt EQ Boost technology.

The whole package being offered by the C-Class L has done well for itself since its arrival in China in 2014. That explains why the German automaker continues to dip its toes in offering the model exclusively in the country. The Chinese people know how to roll in style, and they’ve proven that the C-Class L is one of the top car choices in helping them achieve that lifestyle.


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The new long-wheelbase version of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan is celebrating its world premiere at Auto China 2018. Built in China for China, the long-wheelbase version debuts with a sharper design, digital cockpit, new comfort features and the latest iteration of Intelligent Drive. Also on show were the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class L Sedan and the Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury show car. Both vehicles celebrated their world premiere on the eve of the biggest motor show in the People’s Republic of China.

The success of the C-Class is based in part on the broad diversity of its model line-up, which has included a long-wheelbase version of the C-Class Sedan since 2014. Beijing Benz Automotive Co., Ltd. (BBAC) in Beijing produces it exclusively for the Chinese market. Compared with the regular sedan, the wheelbase of the C-Class L Sedan is eight centimetres longer, resulting in even more legroom for rear-seat passengers. The front passenger seat can also be electrically adjusted from the rear. The regular-wheelbase sedan is also for sale in China and locally produced there.

New four-cylinder engines equipped with 48-volt technology (EQ Boost) underscore the dynamic nature of the C-Class, making them even sportier and even more fun to drive. Now fitted as standard, the LED high-performance headlights feature a new design, while the MULTIBEAM LED headlights with ULTRA RANGE high beam are available as an option. The upgraded interior with fully digital instrument display, larger media screen and new multifunction steering wheel with touch-control buttons offer plenty of options for individualisation. Ambient lighting now with 64 colours, the Multicontour Seat Package with massage function and the ENERGIZING comfort control enhance driver wellbeing.

“People who know a little of the history of our brand here in China will know why the C-Class is very special to us. In 2014, here in Beijing on this stage, we introduced our game-changer: the long-wheelbase C-Class – a car that promised to transform our brand’s perception from what had gone before. 380,000 customers since that day have confirmed that change and with their trust have placed the C-Class, also in quarter one of this year, as its segment leader”, says Nicholas Speeks, President and CEO of Beijing Mercedes-Benz Sales Service Co.

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