C-Class re­vealed

Mercedes-Benz claims 2000 new parts, writes Paul Pot­tinger

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige -

AF­TER see­ing im­ages of the new C-Class leaked on the web, Mercedes-Benz has re­leased of­fi­cial pic­tures.

Mercedes calls the ‘‘ new’’ C-Class, due here mid-year, a ‘‘com­pre­hen­sive mod­erni­sa­tion’’, with re­designed front and rear, up­graded dash and in­te­rior ma­te­ri­als.

More strik­ingly, the com­pany claims a 31 per cent re­duc­tion in fuel con­sump­tion, thanks to an en­hanced seven-speed auto trans­mis­sion and an eco start/stop func­tion.

It also has 10 new driver aids, rang­ing from At­ten­tion As­sist and drowsi­ness de­tec­tion to Distronic Plus prox­im­ity con­trol.

‘‘With nu­mer­ous high-grade fea-

The C-Class sets com­pletely new stan­dards in its seg­ment with re­spect to per­ceived value and qual­ity

tures in the in­te­rior that re­mind one of the new CLS, the C-Class sets com­pletely new stan­dards in its seg­ment with re­spect to per­ceived value and qual­ity,’’ Mercedes sales and mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor Dr Joachim Sch­midt says.

More than 2000 new com­po­nents dis­tin­guish the lat­est gen­er­a­tion of the C-Class from its pre­de­ces­sor, he says.

Vis­i­bly, the changes are hardly dra­matic, al­though the four-and five-door have a new alu­minium bon­net, which con­trib­utes to weight re­duc­tion and lower fuel con­sump­tion.

The 2011 ver­sion of Mercedes’ main­stay has a new fas­cia, with LED day­time run­ning lights, LED in­di­ca­tors, a new front grille and a slightly re­designed rear sec­tion.

It’s a case of vis­ual evo­lu­tion, not revo­lu­tion be­cause the main changes are me­chan­i­cal, es­pe­cially in the iconic C 63 AMG.

The 6.2-litre V8 is likely to be su­per­seded by Mercedes’ 5.5-litre bi-turbo unit . Its pos­si­ble power of 380kW ex­ceeds even the one-off Jaffa spe­cial made for the Syd­ney Mo­tor Show.

Petrol and diesel V6s are also up for power in­creases, to 225kW and 195kW re­spec­tively.

Else­where, the need to lower the fleet con­sump­tion and emis­sion av­er­age will see new BluTec diesel pow­er­trains and en­gine stop-start sys­tems, as well as more di­rect­in­jec­tion mod­els and the pos­si­ble end of the five-speed auto in those mod­els that re­tain it for sev­en­speed trans­mis­sions.

Ru­mours per­sist of the first C-Class hy­brid.

The 2011 C-Class is ex­pected to have its global pre­miere this month and go on sale later in the year.

Though it starts just south of $60,000 here, the C-Class was one of Aus­tralia’s best-sell­ing mid­sized im­ports last year.

In Novem­ber it was sec­ond out­right only to the lo­cally pro­duced fleet favourite Toy­ota Camry.

The four-door Mercedes has left be­hind not only ob­vi­ous pres­tige ri­vals such as BMW’s 3 Se­ries and Audi’s A4 but also high-qual­ity of­fer­ings from Ja­pan and other parts of Europe that start as much as 50 per cent un­der the tris­tar car.

Mod­ernised: Mercedes-Benz has re­leased these of­fi­cial pho­tos of its lat­est C-Class sedan and es­tate.

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