Mercedes has unveiled details, specs and a plethora of pictures of the new C-Class ahead of its debut at the Detroit motor show in January 2014.
Here’s the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class, folks. It’s 95mm longer, 40mm wider and its wheelbase has increased by 80mm, while boot space has been upped to 480 litres, making it noticeably larger and roomier than its predecessor.
Lashings of aluminium – 50 per cent of the whole body, compared with just 10 per cent for the outgoing model – help cut the weight by around 100kg. This has the added benefit of improving efficiency by 20 per cent, according to Mercedes.
The C-Class has two different front-end designs, but only one will be made available to the UK. Fortunately we get the sportier grille with a bigger emblem. The other look includes a three-pointed star on the bonnet.
Three engines will be available at launch. In the diesel corner is a 2.1-litre C 220 BlueTec, which generates 170hp and 400Nm of torque while achieving 70.6mpg. 0 to 62mph takes 8.1 seconds and C02 emissions are 103g/km.
The C 180 and C 200 petrol engines, meanwhile, have 156hp/250Nm and 184/300Nm of power and torque, respectively, with the smaller C 180 topping out at 56.5mpg and 116g/km of emissions and the C 200 at 53.3mpg and 123g/km.
A new 4-link suspension setup up front is said to improve handling, with drivers able to select from comfort, lowered comfort and sports options ─ depending on how much punishment you want from potholes. Or you can opt for air suspension if that floats your, erm, car.
The new C-Class comes with plenty of safety systems including Attention Assist, which monitors for tiredness, Collision Prevention Assist Plus to slow the car down if you fail to do so and Active Lane Keeping Assist for keeping you in a lane, even if the road markings have seen better days.
There’s also a parking function to save you the hassle of getting into a parallel space and a 360-degree camera for other types of parking and manoeuvre.
A suitably plush interior with a sizable display sitting in the middle of the dashboard linked up to a touchpad control system – a first for a C-Class – completes what is a very tidy-looking package.
No word just yet on a price of exact UK specifications. You will just have to make do with the following images until then.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2014 pictures