Mercedes-Benz has disclosed the pricing and specs of its new C-Class that will be delivered to customers in the United Kingdom in June. The new C-Class range will have a starting price of £26,855 OTR. At the launch, customers could choose between a 1,991 cc, four-cylinder petrol engine and a 2,143 cc, four-cylinder diesel engine, each available with either of six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmission.
Mercedes will offer three more engine variants - the C 200 BlueTEC, C 250 BlueTEC and C 300 BlueTEC HYBRID – later in the year. The carmaker will be offering these model lines -- SE, Sport and the AMG Line.
The Sport model will feature 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, lowered comfort suspension, chrome exterior trim and Garmin Map Pilot Navigation. The AMG Line, meanwhile, adds 18-inch AMG wheels, AMG body styling and steering wheel, sports suspension and an Artico finish to the upper dashboard.
Standard equipment will include an advanced touchpad that will control the entertainment functions through a seven-inch color display. Also coming as standard are Artico upholstery, a two-zone air conditioning and a media interface placed in the central storage between the front seats.
Mercedes also equipped the C-Class with a reversing camera, rain sensing wipers, Attention Assist, Speedtronic cruise control, heated windscreen wiper washers, a tire pressure monitoring system and Collision Prevention Assist Plus.
Also fitted as standard is the Agility Select system, a rocker switch that enables the driver to between Comfort, Eco, Sport, Sport+ and Individual modes. Each mode affects the vehicle’s behavior in a distinct manner.
In terms of appearance, the new C-Class doesn’t look like the previous model, thanks its new stunning design that conveys both sensual purity and emotions. The lines and surfaces of the new C-Class are all sensuous, harmonious and dynamic, as inspired by modern aesthetics.
The new C-Class features minimalist, purist forms that highlight both its intelligent technology and engineering. Its defined surfaces deliberately offer a certain degree of tension, allowing them to exude an emotionally modern character. The precision of the line and sculptural surfaces results to a harmonious interplay between light and shade.
Gorden Wagener, Vice President for Design at Daimler AG, remarked that the new C-Class conveys automotive passion through a contemporary design idiom. Its groundbreaking design is highlighted by progressive and emotional styling cues, allowing the new C-Class to demonstrate sensual purity while reinterpreting modern luxury.
Meanwhile, the profile of the new C-Class is still defined by the classic, Mercedes saloon proportions with a long bonnet, short overhangs and a set-back passenger compartment, as well as rear-emphasizing large wheels.
Interestingly, two faces are available for the new C-Class. The sportier face features a centrally positioned star while the traditional fascia – available on only Exclusive version -- employs the classic saloon radiator grille with the Mercedes star located on the bonnet. Moreover, the fins of the radiator grille could be completely closed to further optimize the coefficient of drag value of the new C-Class.