A four-wheel-drive variant of the new Mercedes-Benz C-class estate will reach the UK in the middle of next year.
Following its plan to offer its 4Matic all-wheel-drive technology on the recently launched C-class saloon, Mercedes chiefs have confirmed that the forthcoming wagon will follow suit in the UK.
Mercedes-Benz’s head of development Thomas Weber said the flexibility built in to the C-class estate production facility at Bremen would enable left- and right-hand drive variants to roll off the same line.
“All-wheel drive will definitely come to the UK,” he said. “In September, we will start production of two-wheel drive models in left- and right-hand drive. Normally we would start with left-hand drive, but now we can do it in parallel. Then, next year, we will do the 4x4 in left- and right-hand drive.”
Offering the estate in 4x4 in right-hand drive markets is part of Mercedes-Benz’s strategy to further grow sales of the C-class, which is already the manufacturer’s best-selling model.
“I will not talk about specific volume, but definitely we see a huge growth opportunity on the estate side,” said Weber. “It is based on our powertrain line-up, on offering left and right hand drive, and based on the ability of all-wheel drive. In Great Britain and the snow regions of Europe, in the past sometimes we had limitations, now you can have all these features in the estate.”
A plug-in hybrid version of the C-class estate is also in the works. The C300 BlueTec Hybrid, will emit 99g/km of CO2.
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