After showcasing the all-new Mercedes-Benz C-Class to the world earlier in the month of February, at the Shanghai Motor Show 2021, Mercedes has showcased the long-wheelbase version called the C-Class L that is specific for the Chinese market.
Although the changes on the exterior are incredibly subtle, the most noticeable difference on the C-Class L is the wheelbase which is 2954mm long, which adds 89mm to the wheelbase of the standard C-Class. The overall length of the C-Class L now stands at 4882mm. Apart from this distinguishable change, other changes include a more extended rear door, an L badge on the C-pillar next to the window trim. Some variants will also have a hood ornament and a sportier grille design.
The overall dashboard layout for the C-Class L remains unchanged. Instead, it features luxury head restraints and a larger armrest with an exceptionally spacious stowage compartment, USB ports and cupholders is offered to enhance the luxury of the rear passengers. Also specific to the Chinese market is the addition of the softer comfort suspension and enhanced sound-deadening materials to improve the noise insulation within the car.
Specific to the Chinese market, the two variants on offer are the C200 L and the top-spec C260L. While a 168bhp 1.5-litre petrol engine powers the C200, the C260L has a 201bhp 1.5-litre mild-hybrid petrol. Both engines is mated to the 9-speed automatic transmission with 4Matic all-wheel-drive offered top-spec variants.
As of now, there aren’t any developments if Mercedes-Benz plans to get the C-Class L to the Indian market, but we have seen Mercedes achieving great sales numbers with the launch of the E-Class long wheelbase. And seeing how BMW has already launched the 3 Series Gran Limousine, bringing the C-Class L to India could prove to be a fitting competitor to the 3 Series Gran Limousine.