DT Dobie Kenya yesterday unveiled the all-new 2019 Mercedes Benz C-Class (W205) range of passenger cars to the Kenyan market.
The launch, which took place at the Azure Hotel in Westlands Nairobi, saw DT Dobie Kenya Managing Director Ian Middleton and Mercedes-Benz Passenger Cars General Manager Maliha Sheikh take the press and invited guests through highlights of the first major update to the 4-year old C-Class W205 model range, meant to keep it fresh and revitalized. (Keep in mind, rival BMW’s 3 series also recently introduced the next generation in its product line, the G20 range).
While the Kenyan market does not have the the 1.5 litre C-Class turbo-petrol engine, (the Mercedes Benz Africa website indicates a 3.0 litre model instead) the new vehicle has a host of new features and upgrades certain to keep it as part of the best selling saloon cars in the country.
Mercedes Benz says that the new C-Class features over 6,500 changes to its parts, with new and improved safety features, inclusive of quality and after-sales services. The vehicle has a decent-sized boot capacity, with a rear boot space that is quite spacious.
Further exterior changes to the design of the 2019 C-Class include subtle yet apparent adjustments to the grill and rear diffuser, new LED headlights and taillights as well as an adjusted rear and front end bumper. Overall, however, the shape and silhouette remain relatively unchanged.
Inside, there’s a fairly large over 8-inch screen, testament to more substantial changes to the general cabin. There are options which boast multiple ambient interior lights, with the steering wheel feeling like it’s trickled down from the from the larger and more luxurious S-Class – touch pads on the wheel can control menus on the center visual display screen. Interesting to note is the voice command capabilities for controlling some functions in the vehicle.
Vehicle sales data released by the Kenya Motor Industry Association (KMIA) revealed that for the first two months of 2019, Mercedes Benz led the pack in the luxury car market, managing to move at least 49 units. While carmakers such as Land Rover saw a dip in sales, the likes of BMW and Porsche did not make a single sale in that same period in Kenya.
DT Dobie’s brands in Kenya includes Mercedes-Benz Passenger cars, trucks and buses, Volkswagen, Hyundai trucks and Great Wall Motors.