Next-gen Mercedes-Benz C-Class will offer hybrid technology on every model

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 24, 2011

As fuel prices are continuously rising, car manufacturers are beginning to introduce more hybrids and fuel-efficient engines. Mercedes-Benz knows this and the latest reports from Autocar confirm the fact that the next-generation C-Class will have hybrid technology on every model.

The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class will be introduce in late 2013 as a 2014 model and according to insiders it will be capable to deliver CO2 emissions of just 100 g/km powered by a diesel engine and just 110 g/km when powered by a petrol engine.

Moreover Mercedes-Benz has to decide if the new C-Class will use three-cylinder engines. For those who don’t know, the latest addition in the C-Class family was introduced on Sunday, in the form of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Coupe.

This car is priced from €72,590 in Europe and it is powered by a 6.3-liter V8 engine, found also on the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Sedan delivering 336 kW (457 hp) and 600 Nm of torque.

With these numbers, the vehicle can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.5 seconds and has a top speed of 250 km/h or 155 mph (electronically limited).

Mercedes-Benz also offers the AMG Development Package capable to offer a 22 kW (30 hp) increase in output. The total output of the car is increased to 358 kW(487 hp) and the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) is now made in just 4.4 seconds.

Mercedes-Benz welcomes the 2011 spring season by introducing the newly redesigned C-Class car. The design of the front and rear ends of this million-selling series is now flashier. The front, in particular, embodies the new Mercedes-Benz design ethic. The front fender is made to look sleeker and more aggressive while underlining the radiator grille’s contour as the centrepiece.

The air intake at the centre has an ascending V-shape that projects an elegantly sporty image and visually anchors the radiator grille. Side sections prominently continue along the same configuration to under the headlights where they meld with the flank lines contiguous with the sides of the car. The bumper’s low side air inlets contribute to the sedan’s low-to-the-ground impression.

A new aluminium bonnet has been designed for both the estate and saloon models. It is moulded congruently with the front’s V-shape and perfectly contours to the front end’s radiator grille and headlights in a more seamless way than in prior models.

The clear-lens headlights have also been reshaped to appear flashier and more assertive, combining with the bonnet, grille and bumper to update the face of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. This appearance is emphasised by the external configuration of the headlights and its inner housings. The made-over headlights combine glossy and matt glass and look as precise as they perform. The halogen bulbs have a conventional layout with the central main beam, outer low beam and outer corner indicators conforming to the front wing.

There is an option to install bi-xenon headlights with Intelligent Light System (ILS), where depth perception is improved by utilising lighting modules. A C-shaped position light is indicates the night design. A cornering light is set behind this and it connects to the outside main headlamp module. On the bottom portion, a broadband LED indicator set horizontally serves as a visual base. The bumper’s horizontal daytime running LEDs also contribute to the identifiable visual imprint of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Light easily captures the rear bumper with its unique mould. The width of both the saloon and estate is made more obvious by the adjusted dividing lines and the steeper angle of the light-catching lateral outline that is continuous with the tail lights. The rear bumper’s upper edge is also a light-catching shape that flows to the flanks and makes it look seamlessly unified with the side, making the vehicle’s sporty appeal appreciable from any angle including from behind.

The new models’ made over tail lights look more attuned to the whole back end because of the congruent shape of the covering lens. The silhouette formed by the surface is inside the light as it was in the preceding versions. The central LED indicator, which seems to hover over the red upper and lower light bands, provides an image of depth.

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