Mercedes-Benz claims 2000 new parts, writes Paul Pottinger
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The 6.2-litre V8 is likely to be superseded by Mercedes’ 5.5-litre bi-turbo unit .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.