walkoART has released a new spy video revealing the 2016 Mercedes C-Class being tested with Multibeam LED headlamps which debuted on the 2015 Mercedes CLS-Class. Currently, the compact executive car in sedan and estate/station wagon versions can be had with H7 halogen headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights, full LED headlamps or full LED headlamps with Active Curve Illumination (active LED headlamps).
The new multibeam LED headlamps seen on the test prototype, consist of 24 LEDs each, which can individually illuminate automatically according to the changing traffic conditions.
A windshield-mounted camera monitors the oncoming vehicles and traffic conditions ahead, and communicates this data to four control systems which calculate the most suitable lighting pattern 100 times/second. These headlamps also feature Active Curve Illumination. The navigation system is also synchronised to these headlamps. Whenever there’s a turn coming up, the headlamps automatically do the needful instantly. The high-beams are now anti-glare and oncoming drivers won’t get dazzled with extreme brightness as some of the individual LEDs automatically turn off for that time frame; they automatically turn back on after the vehicle has passed by.
The C-Class won’t get the second-generation Multibeam LED headlamps which were announced in November last year, at least not as the first ones, because they are reportedly debuting on the next generation E-Class this year. The first generation Multibeam LED headlamps although spotted on the sedan version, could perhaps debut on the C-Class range on the next-gen C-Class Coupe which is expected to go on sale next year.