Mercedes-Benz now has a new trim structure consisting of Executive SE, AMG Sport and AMG Sport Plus models to enhance the appeal of its C-class range. It is also available with a more efficient BlueEfficiency petrol engine. The entry-level Executive SE spec is offered with just saloon and estate C-class models and comes with a set of 16-inch alloys, a ‘sports grille’ and LED daytime running lights.
The Luxury Package can be used on the model on top of the Executive SE spec. The Luxury Package, which costs £2000, replaces the Elegance trim of the old car. It features a set of 17-inch alloys and chrome accents to the model’s exterior, as well as the automaker’s three-louvre grille and brown ash wood interior.
All C-class models, which include the coupé version, are offered with AMG Sport and AMG Sport Plus (the two new additions to the C-class lineup). AMG Sport cars are equipped with a set of 17-inch AMG alloy wheels, as well as halogen headlights as standard equipment. Meanwhile, AMG Sport Plus models (which are available with a £1000 premium) come with 18-inch bi-colour AMG alloys and an AMG boot spoiler.
The interior of the AMG Sport Plus receives AMG sports seats with contrasting red stitching, red seatbelts and red-piped AMG floor mats. A £530 AMG Handling Pack is exclusively available for the coupé model. This package enhances steering, engine and throttle responses of the model.
The power of the new 1.6-litre turbocharged BlueEfficiency petrol engine at 152bhp is slightly lower than the previous model's output at 156bhp. However, its 184lb ft torque between 1250 and 4000rpm is unchanged. When the new C180 BlueEfficiency engine is fitted to the C-class saloon, it could have a fuel efficiency rating of 47.9mpg and have CO2 emissions of just 138g/km of CO2. It previously had a fuel economy rating of 42.2mpg and CO2 emissions of 162g/km.
Mercedes-Benz disclosed that once the new C-Class will be released in the spring of 2011, the first thing people will likely notice is that it has undergone a complete redesign. The bonnet for instance, on both the estate and saloon versions, is now composed of aluminum. Meanwhile the region with its headlamps follow a curve and when combined with the radiator grille, helps the front section get a more V-shape than the previous model.
For the headlamps, they have been covered with a clear lens which have been shaped in a way as to give them a more resolute and dynamic feel. The headlamps, radiator grille, bonnet, and bumper, when taken together, result in the front section of the new C-Class having a new look. This is strengthened further through the housings of the headlamps’ interior and how the exterior has been formed.
The precision implemented on the headlamps give it a more modern feel to it as well as how excellent the high-gloss and matt regions interact with each other. Indeed, while both the front end and the rear end each have a striking style, it is the former that is nearer to the new design language being used by the brand. This is why the bumper in front has a more dynamic and expressive curve.
The bumper also helps support the radiator grille’s form and make it more pronounced as it is the central element of this area of the vehicle. Still on the front section, the radiator grille’s visual base unit is mainly due to the center air intake which opens upward to form a V-shape. From the V-shape in the center, one can easily observe that the side section extends and makes it more prominent.
Under the headlamps, there are sections which merge into a feature line and goes on the side of the vehicle and this connects the front region with the vehicle’s side. The bumper also has side air inlets placed on it and since they have been put on a rather low position, gives the new C-Class a look as if it is hugging the road that much closer.