Traditional Mercedes-Benz values determine the appearance of the ELEGANCE line with the star standing on the bonnet in the classic fashion. The standard equipment includes two bag hooks, side stowage compartments with nets as covers and the combined luggage cover and retaining net. These practical details are tailored exactly to family and leisure needs. Available options are the new EASY-PACK tailgate, which opens and closes at the push of a button, and the EASY-PACK load-securing kit with four additional load-securing rings, telescopic bar and retractable belt.

Four compartments for optimum tidiness
Even more ingenious stowage options are provided by the new concertina-type folding bag, which divides the load space into four flexible compartments and keeps cargo from sliding around. The robust nylon construction consists of two separate bags, each with a chamber opening downwards, which are slipped over two aluminium frame sections. The two frame sections first are firmly screwed, with no trouble at all, to the optional side floor rails on either side of the load compartment. In longitudinal direction their position is individually adjustable.

Once the bags have been slipped over these retainers, the two halves of the bag can be unfolded like a concertina and then connected with each other in the centre of the load compartment by four Velcro fasteners. The total of four compartments of the bag fully open in the process. The concertina-type folding bag also has loops by which it can be quickly removed and used outside the vehicle, too. If the bag is not needed, the two halves are simply pushed together again like a concertina and fixed to the frame sections by straps to save space. The robust, easy-care nylon fabric is washable. The scope of delivery includes a practical carrying bag with two handles in which the concertina-type folding bag can be safely stored when it is not needed.

Perfectly adaptable new roof carrier system
In order to permit transporting sports and leisure equipment like bicycles, surfboards and snowboards even more conveniently, Mercedes-Benz has developed the new "easy-fix" roof carrier system, which initially is reserved exclusively for the new C-Class Estate. Owing to the well-thought-out design, the "easy-fix" carrier bars automatically adjust to the necessary width of the roof rails. Carrier bar and mounting base simultaneously are attached with the aid of a central tensioning screw, for particular quickness and ease. The supplied torque wrench ensures that the screw is optimally tightened and cannot be inadvertently overtightened. The dynamic design of the "easy-fix" carrier lends emphasis to the sophisticated styling of the new C-Class Estate.

Of course, the aerodynamically optimised Mercedes-Benz roof boxes also can be combined with the new system without any limitations. The tough and easily mounted roof boxes are available in three sizes with capacities of 330, 400 and 450 litres. Especially the family box in XL format is an answer to any transport problem for holidaymaking and recreation purposes: it has enough space to carry the complete skiing equipment, surfing paraphernalia or camping equipment of a family of four.

High-quality gas-operated struts facilitate opening and closing the splash- protected boxes, made of a high-grade plastic. Valuable cargo is well secured inside with the straps provided as standard. Specially designed holder inserts for up to five pairs of skis or practical made-to-measure bag sets additionally make for optimum use of space, tidiness and convenient loading and unloading.

More lifestyle and dynamism
The AVANTGARDE version of the new C-Class Estate emphasises the brand's sporty side without sacrificing that characteristic Mercedes comfort. The Mercedes star set in the centre of the radiator grille - a styling element used for the first time in an Estate - in conjunction with the broad tyres and aluminium interior trim suggests sportiness and effortless superiority. This design and equipment line appeals to business-minded customers who also stress lifestyle aspects.

An even greater sense of dynamism is conveyed by the incenio designer wheels of Mercedes-Benz. With their progressive design they underscore the versatile Estate's aura of effortless superiority. Optimising the weight of the wheel reduces unsprung masses, making the response characteristics of the suspension even more direct. The crowning touch is provided by the 18-inch model "Pulaha" , with five slender twin spokes, in siz e 7.5J x 18 ET 47 with 225/40 R18 tyres for the front wheels, and size 8.5J x 18 ET 58 with tyres 245/35 R18 for the rear wheels.

In addition, two further exclusive incenio designer wheels, 17-inch and 16-inch models, are available for the new C-Class Estate. The entire incenio range features a brilliant "sterling silver" paint finish with an impressively deep lustre. All wheels are luxuriously finished with up to four paint coats and optimally protected against corrosion. The light-alloy wheels are either forged or cast in high-grade aluminium alloy and subjected to ten hours of special heat treatment, which significantly increases the strength of the wheels. As with standard equipment, all wheel and tyre sizes are entered in the European Certification of Conformity (COC) or are supplied with equivalent certificates.

Those who wish to further individualise the dynamic look can set accents of their own with the harmoniously matched roof spoiler. This beautifully designed add-on part can be fitted by any Mercedes-Benz dealer with no problem at all and painted the colour of the car. High-gloss chrome-plated exterior mirror housings and door handle recesses along with indicator lamps in chrome look add tasteful highlights.

The spacious interior also can be individually refined to match the exclusive exterior. The four-spoke wood/leather steering wheel emphasises dynamic elegance and affords additional comfort with a thumb rest. It can be had in any of the three fine woods bird's-eye maple, eucalyptus or burr walnut to go together with the rest of the interior. Illuminated door sill panels made of brushed stainless steel let the "Mercedes-Benz" lettering gleam in blue every time the doors open.