The automaker insists the new arrival, the fourth generation, will be practical as a wagon should be, sporty looking, technically innovative and have a “high-class, sophisticated interior.”
“With these qualities the Wagon reinforces its reputation as a multifaceted lifestyle vehicle with outstanding properties for everyday use.
“In addition, its many new assistance systems offer the highest standards of safety,” says the automaker.
“Worldwide, we are the first to offer a comfortable air suspension in this segment.”
The dimensions of the C-Class Wagon have grown considerably compared to its previous generation, which was not offered in Canada.
With an 80-mm increase in the wheelbase (2,840 mm), the vehicle is 96 mm longer (4,702 mim) and 40 mm wider (1,810 mm).
The resulting increase in space primarily benefits the rear-seat passengers, who now enjoy 45 mm more legroom.
There are also more interior width and headroom than in the previous model.
It will carry a bigger load – 10 l to 1,510 l, surpassing its predecessor.
The load compartment volume behind the rear seats has also increased by five l to 490 l.
The rear seats now have a 40:20:40 split instead of the 60:40 split in the predecessor. This opens up a wide range of possibilities for using the interior as a five, four, three or two-seater version.
The electric unlocking of the rear seat backrests at the push of a button provides a flat, larger load compartment where necessary using the Singlefold function for the rear seat backrest.
Loading convenience is improved with the optional Easy-Pack tailgate and the Hands-Free Access system.
“It allows opening and closing the tailgate without touching it. All it takes is a motion of the foot in the area of the rear bumper,” the automaker says.
Customers can choose from two fronts – with the sports grille or – reserved solely for the Luxury Package – with the luxury grille with the Mercedes star on the hood.
The Wagon features a sedan-type style and interior.
Then there is the technology.
The touchpad in the new C-Class Wagon developed by Mercedes-Benz “marks an evolutionary step.” As on a smartphone, all the head unit functions can be operated using finger gestures.
A head-up display is also featured in the C-Class Wagon.
“As in a jet fighter, it projects important information directly into the driver's field of vision, ensuring that there is less distraction from the road ahead,” says the automaker.
The system provides information on vehicle speed, navigation instructions and Distronic messages.
Other available features include a diesel engine, which offers a choice of driving style with Comfort, ECO, Sport and Sport+.
Standard safety features include Attention Assist, which can warn the driver of inattentiveness and drowsiness, and Adaptive Brake Assist, which helps to protect against collisions.
This system now features an additional function: when a danger of collision persists and the driver fails to respond, the system is able to carry out autonomous braking at speeds of up to 100 km to prevent rear-end collisions with slower or stopping vehicles or reducing the severity of the resulting collision.
At speeds of up to 50 km/h the system also brakes in response to stationary vehicles, and is able to help prevent rear-end collisions at up to around 40 km/h.
The Wagon is to arrive in dealers’ showrooms in 2016 but no date or prices are available.