The C-class Estate has arrived and, in an unprecedented move, Mercedes-Benz has made it available in all engine derivatives - from the C180 to the C350.
The 63 AMG version will be introduced later but even now there's a C-class Estate for everyone.
The entry level C180 is available in both manual and automatic transmissions and is really the one to look at in view of the high fuel prices.
Then there are two diesel versions: a C320 CDI and a C220 CDI.
V6 petrol derivatives, such as the C350, offer silky power and practicality too.
The German car maker says the C-class Estate combines elegance and flexibility and judging by the neat and handsome exterior, the styling is great too , and safety is also not compromised.
The company says seven airbags and the latest electronic systems will safeguard the driver and occupants.
Among the listed safety tools is pre-safe, which judges if a collision is imminent.
Pre-safe will shut all the windows, adjust the steering wheel to the premium height for efficient air-bag usage and activate seat-belt pre-tensioners to cushion occupants as much as is possible.
The C-Class Estate competes with the BMW 3 series wagon; the up-coming Audi A4 and other wagon offerings from premium car makers.
The C63 AMG earmarked for later release will have the same V8 6,2-litre engine that does duty in the recently launched C63 AMG sedan but unlike that monster, it will have a detuned power output of 336 kW and only 600 Nm instead of the full-whack 630 of its sedan sibling. It will be the flagship model and really will appeal to extreme moms or stylish dads. For now, just be aware that the C-Class Estate is well and truly here and whether you are a Scorpio or a Taurus, there's a C-Class Estate for you.
Pricing starts at R306000 up to R441000, the C63 Estate will be priced at R738000.