T he revised Mercedes C-Class has its Opponents in the fight for the crown in the middle class are firmly in view and focused on BMW 3 Series, VW Passat, Opel Insignia, Ford Mondeo & Co. with newly designed halogen headlights. Wide LED turn signals stretch underneath. Bi-xenon headlights including the Intelligent Light System are optionally available.
More dynamic look and start-stop as standard
The new look should give the Mercedes C-Class a more dynamic appearance in conjunction with the also redesigned front bumper. Compared to its predecessor, the designers also emphasized the arrow shape of the radiator grille. Two LED daytime running lights in the lower area of the bumper and the new aluminum hood round off the beauty treatment at the front. At the rear, a new bumper should make the Mercedes C-Class look even wider. In addition, the LED taillights have been revised. Plenty of fresh wind blows around the Swabian sedan. Thanks to the still low drag coefficient of 0.26, even after the facelift, there is comparatively little surface to attack.
But for its highest-volume model series, Mercedes does not stop at pure cosmetics for sheet metal clothing. After all, the new Mercedes C-Class drives over 2,000 new parts compared to the previous model. All rear-wheel drive C-Class models have a start-stop function as standard. Those who prefer to shift gears rather than sort the gears themselves can look forward to the enhanced seven-speed automatic 7G-Tronic Plus from June 2011 (exception: C 300 CDI 4Matic), which will be used for the first time in the Mercedes C 250 CDI 4matic.
Mercedes C 350 with up to 31 percent lower consumption
The subject of consumption reduction was of course also high on the priority list for the new Mercedes C-Class. In addition to the standard automatic start-stop system already mentioned, all models therefore use longer-ratio transmissions. In addition, all gasoline engines in the Mercedes C-Class now have direct injection. Accordingly, the Blue Efficiency logo will now appear on all models without exception. The new V6 petrol engine enriches the engine range of the Mercedes C-Class. In the Mercedes C 350 Blue Efficiency it generates 306 hp and 370 Nm - 14 hp and five Newton meters more than in the previous model. Despite the increased performance, the consumption should bean average of 6.8 liters per 100 kilometers, 1.5 liters (31 percent) below that of the old Mercedes C 350 CGI.
The Mercedes C 220 CDI Blue Efficiency is particularly economical when used in conjunction with the manual six-speed gearbox should suffice 4.4 liters of diesel for 100 kilometers - 0.4 liters less than before.
Ten new driver assistance systems for the Mercedes C-Class
As in the Mercedes E-Class, CL and the new CLS, there are also numerous driver assistance systems in the new Mercedes C-Class Indent. Among other things, the drowsiness detection system Attention Assist, an active blind spot assistant, an active lane keeping assistant and the distance control Distronic Plus for a surcharge ensure more safety.
For better entertainment the Mercedes C-Class has an optional new one Telematics system on board. It will also find its way into the other Mercedes model series and enables the wireless playback of music via Bluetooth and the display of incoming SMS messages. A larger display should improve ease of use.
The new C-Class can be ordered from January 10th
Anyone who orders the Mercedes C-Class with the new Command Online multimedia system can in future be able to stand as a surf the Internet while driving and find out about special destinations and current weather data. For the first time, the navigation system also has a three-dimensional display with three-dimensional city models and gives the driver the choice between five routes - including a particularly economical route.
At what prices the new Mercedes C-Class The Swabians do not want to reveal anything until January 10th. From this date, both the sedan and the Mercedes C-Class T-model can be ordered.