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The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class institutes new efficiency standards

March 13, 2014

The new generation Mercedes Benz C-Class heralds a new chapter in the manufactures’ success story and sets new standards in the premium medium-size category. The new C-Class institutes new efficiency standards in its segment thanks to an intelligent lightweight-design concept boasting weight savings of up to 100 kilograms, excellent aerodynamics and new economical engines.

New Mercedes-Benz C-Class
New Mercedes Benz C-Class C250 AMG Avantgarde (Exterior – Side Front)

Safety of the highest standard is offered with the help of a host of new assistance systems offers, while a new optional air-sprung suspension provides for exemplary ride and driving comfort as well as nimble and agile handling. In terms of appearance the new C-Class adopts a progressive approach with its clear yet emotional design and its high-class interior. Many other innovations and equipment features underscore the Saloon’s energising comfort and refined sportiness.

Design language

The German manufacturer have created minimalist, purist forms for the new C Class which emphasise its intelligent technology and engineering. Visually, the new 2014 C-Class represents a bold departure from its predecessor. Its striking, dynamic design exudes sensuous clarity and clean, modern design lines.

When viewed from the side, a long bonnet is visible with a passenger compartment set well back and short overhangs define the C-Class’s classic, well-balanced Mercedes-Benz Saloon proportions. New owners will have a choice between two different fronts: either sporty with a central star or – reserved solely for the EXCLUSIVE line – the classic Saloon radiator grille with the Mercedes star on the bonnet.

H7 halogen headlamps is fitted as standard with the new C-class creating a distinguishing design when viewed at night time. The rear lamp and brake light in the tail lamps feature LED technology with all headlamp versions.

New Mercedes-Benz C-Class
New Mercedes Benz C-Class C250 AMG Avantgarde (Exterior – Side Rear)

Increased Size

The C-Class has grown in many physical respects to allow more comfort & storage to its occupants. With an 80-millimetre increase in the wheelbase (2840 millimetres) compared with the previous model, the vehicle is 95 millimetres longer (4686 milli¬metres) and 40 millimetres wider (1810 millimetres). The result is a more spacious interior. At 480 litres the new C-Class also surpasses its predecessor in terms of boot capacity (in accordance with ISO 3832).

Refined Interior

According to Mercedes-Benz, their designers have styled the interior on a level which is rarely encountered even in higher vehicle categories with high-class materials and finely crafted details. The new design idiom combines sensuousness and clarity with dynamic sportiness that further contributes to the high-class appeal of the interior.

A centrally positioned free-standing central display is the main eye-catching feature across the centre console – with a screen diagonal of 17.78 centimetres, or 21.33 centimetres if COMAND Online is specified.

The innovative touchpad developed by Mercedes-Benz in the hand rest above the controller on the centre tunnel marks a further evolutionary step. This provides for very simple and intuitive operation of all the head-unit functions using finger gestures. All switches have been upgraded and features a high-quality, three-dimensional design befitting a luxury vehicle and benefit from a clear layout. A head-up display is also new to the new C-Class. The system displays important information directly in the driver’s field of vision on the front windscreen, thus providing for clear legibility and less distraction from the road ahead.

Three different design and equipment lines for the exterior and interior each offer further scope for individualisation in addition to the standard equipment and appointments. The AVANTGARDE line showcases the C-Class as a sporty Saloon, the EXCLUSIVE line places the emphasis on an elevated status and modern luxury while the AMG Line lends the C-Class a decidedly sporty appearance.

New Mercedes-Benz C-Class
New Mercedes Benz C-Class C250 AMG Avantgarde (Interior)

Safety and Assistance Technology

It is the declared aim of Mercedes-Benz to make the highest standard of safety available to everyone. To this end, the new C-Class incorporates almost all of the new assistance systems with a host of enhanced functions which celebrated their world premiere in the S-Class and E-Class only a few months ago. The assistance systems enhance both comfort and safety. Mercedes-Benz calls this Intelligent Drive.

The new C-Class offers numerous innovative safety and assistance systems. It is equipped as standard with ATTENTION ASSIST, which can warn the driver of inattentiveness and fatigue. On motorways the COMAND Online navigation function offers nearby break options as stopovers, providing the system has been specified in the vehicle. The ATTENTION ASSIST function offers an adjustable level of sensitivity and can inform drivers in a separate view in the instrument cluster about their level of drowsiness and how long they have been driving since their last break.

In addition to Adaptive Brake Assist, which offers protection from collisions from speeds as low as 7 km/h, standard-fit COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS also features an additional function: when the risk of collision persists and the driver fails to respond, the system is able to carry out autonomous braking at speeds of up to 200 km/h, thereby reducing the severity of collisions with slower or stopping vehicles. The system also brakes in response to stationary vehicles at a speed of up to 50 km/h, and is able to prevent rear-end collisions at up to 40 km/h.

Rigid body

The new C-Class body is innovatively redesigned featuring significantly reduced weight, outstanding rigidity, including load introduction rigidity for excellent handling, combined with optimum noise and vibration characteristics and a high level of crash safety.

The light-weight, aluminium hybrid body is around 70 kg lighter than a conventional steel body. The vehicle’s overall weight is hence reduced by up to 100 kilograms. The lightweight construction of the new C-Class allows for various benefits for example fuel consumption is cut by up to 20 percent without any loss of performance, while at the same time enabling a lower centre of gravity, which in turn gives rise to the vehicle’s noticeably sporty and agile handling. Compared with the successful predecessor, the aluminium content has increased from less than 10 percent to almost 50 percent.

Efficient Engines

Outstanding CO2 values are achieved with a small diesel engine with a displacement of only 1.6 litres. Depending on its configuration, the single-stage turbocharged four-cylinder engine generates 85 or 100 kW of power from a displacement of 1598 cc and delivers 280 or 320 Nm of torque. This engine puts the new C-Class in a leading position within its segment in terms of CO2 emissions.

In addition to this new small diesel engine, an advanced version of the proven 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel engine is also available in several output variants. The diesel engines thus cover an output range from 85 kW to 150 kW. The C 220 BlueTEC is optionally also available with an output of 120 kW as a BlueEFFICIENCY Edition.

Four-cylinder petrol engines with power outputs ranging from 115 to 180 kW will also be available. These include the C 180 BlueEFFICIENCY Edition special model, which qualifies for efficiency class A. A six-cylinder petrol engine rated at 245 kW will follow in due course.

Last but not least, the C300 BlueTEC HYBRID with four-cylinder diesel engine and compact electric motor generates an output of 150 + 20 kW and runs on only 3.6 litres of diesel per 100 km/h in NEDC combined mode.

Note: Featured pictures may not accurately depict the final South African version of the car. Final specifications, engines and trim levels of SA version not available at time of writing.

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