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A multiadjustable seat and power-adjustable tilting-and-telescoping steering wheel are pretty standard these days, but the way they intersect in the C-class provides for extraordinary seating versatility.
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Soon you’ll even be able to get Apple CarPlay, which allows parts of your iPhone to be displayed right on the C’s screen.
All of the Intelligent Drive features from the S-Class will be available on the C-Class, like Distronic Plus with Steer Assist – a boon in the traffic-clogged rush hour of Marseilles
Mercedes' latest multimedia system debuts on this car with a larger screen and an even crisper display.
There are now three different ways to access the car's key functions: voice control, smartphone-style fingertip and gesture inputs, and the usual twist-a-knob or push-a-button routine.
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class offers a standard and optional feature list that looks like it belongs to a car at least one class higher; it's certainly above the norm for the smaller luxury sedan segment. From infotainment to safety to driver assistance, the 2015 C-Class offers a bit of everything--and sometimes quite a lot of it.
Some of the most interesting technological upgrades come on the safety front, including electronic assists to warn of driver inattentiveness, alert the driver of impending collisions (from speeds as low as 4 mph), autonomous braking (from speeds as high as 124 mph), and rear-end collision prevention at speeds of up to 31 mph, and more.
The Distronic Plus system offers semi-autonomous traffic assistance, capable of following the vehicle ahead at speeds up to 37 mph, even in the absence of lane markers. An advanced brake assist system detects stationary vehicles or pedestrians, braking automatically to reduce the chance or prevent collisions entirely at up to 45 mph.
Enhanced Active Lane Keeping system can hold the 2015 C-Class in its lane, applying the brakes along one side of the car to prevent unintentional drifting.Active parking assistance, a 360-degree camera, and traffic sign assistance (which warns of speed limits, no-entry signs, and other information), are also part of the high-tech safety list. All models will offer numerous airbags, including pelvis airbags for the front row, a new window airbag, side airbags for the outboard rear seats, and a knee airbag for the driver.
Also new to the 2015 C-Class is an updated COMAND system, which offers the latest mbrace2 app suite for smartphone connectivity, a new touchpad controller for the COMAND interface (in addition to the traditional rotating wheel), and, soon, Apple CarPlay capability, which allows your Apple smartphone to take over the vehicle's display for a host of connectivity and media uses.
From Burmester sound to semi-autonomous driving, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class offers more than any other in its class.