Automakers have been downsizing their engines; some have even gone as far as dropping six-cylinders totally. However, Mercedes-Benz continues to offer fours and sixes in its C-Class. But then, there’s only one engine option for the 4Matic all-wheel drive in a four-door C-Class. In addition, the M-Class SUVs will receive upgraded safety technology throughout its range for 2013.
The C-Class line will get a new engine for the C300 4Matic model. The decklid numerology now only has little direct correlation to engine displacement just like majority of the existing Mercedes-Benz and BMW models. The 2012 model was powered by an engine with a literal 3.0 liters. On the other hand, the 2013 C300 has a 3.5-liter V-6 that delivers 248 hp and 251 lb-ft of torque.
This stands for an increase in output of 20 hp and 30 lb-ft of torque compared to last year’s model. The fuel economy of the new engine is much better than the smaller engine used on last year’s model. This permits the 2013 C300 to get an EPA rating of 20 city and 28 highway, compared to the 17/24 rating last year. All the V-6 C-Class models for 2013 will receive auto stop-start.
The C300 4Matic is $960 higher, from $38,895 to $39,855, (including destination costs). From a destination cost of $875 in 2012 for all Mercedes-Benz models, the cost for all the 2013 models will be $905.
Collision Prevention Assist will be featured on all 2013 model M-Class models. It uses radar sensors to identify the distance to the vehicle in front. It also makes the brakes ready for emergency braking to offer maximum braking assist the moment the driver applies the brakes. The ML350 is priced from $49,865 for the 2012 model to $50,675 for the 2013, a gap of $810.
The latest third generation Mercedes-Benz M-Class model’s high-end automotive technology sets new standards to the whole SUV world. It boasts outstanding energy efficiency, the best ride comfort, leading criterion of safety measures and excellent driving dynamics all complimented with a totally revamped interior design which offers superb ergonomics which is one of the key strengths of this new version.
This model also sports a 25 percent less fuel consumption than its previous versions and such feature is considered as a breakthrough as it is the very first time Mercedes-Benz has succeeded in reducing a large percentage of fuel consumption in its models. It also features the latest energy-efficient engine line-up which includes a 0.32 Cd class-beating value, extended Blue Efficiency measures and new development tools like the current “energy-transparent vehicle”.
Its ML 250 BlueTEC 4MATIC is well known as it is 28 percent efficient compared to its previous versions and it only consumes 6.0 L per 100 km in an NEDC driving cycle of 158 g CO2/km. It can also cover up to 1500 kilometers with just one full tank of fuel.
This new model is also an embodiment of the brand’s Real Life Safety concept which is very prospective. The deformation zones in its front and rear also feature high-strength passenger cell with a more effective foundation improved for the best occupant protection systems. Active and driver-fitness safety measures are also reinforced by assistance systems common to the S-class and E-class series.