Mercedes-Benz has officially revealed the all-new 2014 C-Class. The marque’s biggest-selling model boasts a host of new manufacturing technique and technology including a lightweight design concept boasting weight savings of up to 100 kg, improved aerodynamics, new economical engines and a new optional air-sprung suspension.
The new C-Class’ exterior has also been heavily revised with new sculpted body adopting a progressive design approach with a clear yet emotional design.
“Mercedes at its best – that’s the new C-Class, which sets new standards for the mid-range segment on many fronts,” says Prof. Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. “It is characterised by an emotional yet clear design which is continued in the high-quality and modern interior. Its efficient and high-performance engineering provides the basis for a high standard of driving enjoyment.”
Ola Källenius, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing Mercedes-Benz Cars, adds: “The new C-Class embodies Mercedes-Benz’s claim “The best or nothing” in uncompromising style. This is immediately apparent when encountering our new Saloon for the first time, as it creates the impression that one is sitting in a higher class of automobile. I am sure that our customers will be delighted by the high-class appeal and agility of the new C-Class.”
The C-Class has grown to take account of people’s increasing average height. With an 80-mm increase in the wheelbase (2840 mm) compared with the previous model, the vehicle is 95 mm longer (4686 mm and 40 mm wider (1810 mm). The resultant additional space benefits first and foremost the rear passengers, who now travel in even greater comfort. The new C-Class also boasts one of the biggest boots in its class, at 480 litres.
The new C-Class will be offered with 3 engines on launch, starting with the C220 BlueTEC with a 2.2-litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel developing 125 kW and a healthy 400 Nm of torque. 0-100 km/h is accomplished in 8.1 seconds and average fuel consumption is rated at 4L/100km.
The C180 is powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine delivering 115 kW and 250 Nm, which allows it to sprint from 0 to 100km/h in 8.2 seconds. Fuel consumption is rated at 5L/100km.
Next up the line is the C200 with a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine outputting 135 kW and 300 Nm of torque, good for a 0-100 km/h sprint of 7.5 seconds, while returning a fuel consumption figure of 5.3L/100km.
New economical petrol and turbo engines will join the line up further down the track with output ranging from 115 kW to 175 kW. In addition, there will also be a hybrid in the form of C300 BlueTEC Hybrid encompassing a 4-cylinder diesel with 150 kW supported by a 20 kW electric motor. The powertrain yields an average fuel consumption figure of just 3.9L/100km.
The new C-Class will be offered with a newly developed 6-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic transmission. Optionally available will be the firm’s 4MATIC all-wheel drive setup and various safety systems such as Active Parking Assist, Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus and Traffic Sign Assist with Wrong-Way Alert.
The 2014 C-Class is expected to arrive in Australia in the third quarter of 2014 with pricing information to be announced closer to launch.