Sportier and more communicative than ever before
The turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol unit is the brand new entry-level engine for all body variants of the C-Class. With fuel consumption of 5.8 l/100 km and a CO2 figure of 136 g/km, the improvement compared to the previous C 180 with a similar specification is as much as 21 g/km, or just under 1 l/100 km. This makes the C 180 BlueEFFICIENCY one of the very first petrol models to be ranked in energy efficiency class B. The 115 kW (156 hp) engine is very light when compared to its competitors and delivers impressive agility from standstill – peak torque of 250 Nm is on tap from just 1250 rpm all the way up to 4000 rpm.
Rounding off the C-Class Coupé model range is the C 200 BlueEFFICIENCY. With 135 kW (184 hp) and 270 Nm from just 1800 rpm, this engine is the perfect choice to meet the two-seater’s sporty ambitions. Consumption and CO2 emissions are 6.6 l/100 km and 154 g/km respectively.
C-Class Coupé Sport – the best in its class for cornering
The name says it all – there is a decidedly dynamic feel about the new Coupé models C 250 Sport and C 250 CDI Sport with 150 kW (204 hp): after all, the performance specialists from AMG were involved in their development right from the start. Both models feature the visually enhanced AMG Plus Sports package, as well as further technical measures that help to improve driving enjoyment. Thanks to its AMG sports suspension with sportier spring and damper tuning, specially adjusted camber and bearings, a sports braking system and more direct speed-sensitive sports steering, cornering and handling are now significantly more dynamic. The final touches are provided in the Sports models by a sportier gear configuration with double-declutching function, a more agile accelerator response curve and shorter shift times. The “designo magno platinum” matt paintwork is an option exclusive to the Sports models.
New AMG Plus sports package, new colours
The AMG Plus sports package lends an even more sporty aura to the Coupé, Saloon and Estate. As additions to the AMG sports package it includes AMG 7-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels, an AMG spoiler lip and sports seats in black ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA. Red seat belts and red contrasting topstitching on the steering wheel, seats, door centre panels, door armrests, centre console and shift lever gaiter add further sporty touches. The AMG Plus sports package is available for all engine versions.
New colours make their mark: now available for Saloon and Estate models are polar white, diamond silver, dolomite brown and tenorite grey. New on the colour chart for the C-Class Coupé are polar white, diamond silver and designo magno platinum.
New ECO display, driving assistance packages now cheaper
A new feature of the C-Class’s instrument cluster is an ECO display, which supports drivers in their efforts to save fuel. Taking its cues from the ECO training used at Mercedes-Benz driving events, driving style is evaluated according to the categories of “moderate acceleration”, “steady driving style” and “coasting” (instead of braking) – the higher the calculated percentage figure, the more economical the driver’s style.
Thanks to a new generation of short-range radar sensors, Mercedes-Benz is now able to offer its Lane Tracking package separately and not only in conjunction with a navigation system.
Improved connectivity, COMAND Online display now in silver grey
Numerous modifications have been made to the multimedia systems available for the C-Class. The COMAND Online display is now silver grey in both day and night mode. The Audio 20 and COMAND Online systems make it easier for Mercedes drivers to undertake the initial pairing of their mobile telephone with the car via Bluetooth®, and also allow the automatic and manual address book download from the mobile phone to be configured. Polish and Czech are now available as new languages for the head units.
The advantages of the new Media Interface include improvements in data transmission and display speed, plus compatibility with MP3 players from both Apple and other manufacturers. Audio playback from an iPod®/iPhone® is now digital. The display shows the artist, album title and cover for the track currently playing. Tracks can be searched for by key word or by voice control. If showing videos, a smartphone or MP3 player can be controlled through the head unit.
A new cradle allows the multimedia system direct access to the SIM card via Bluetooth.® This allows the telephone to go into standby mode, so reducing the drain on the battery.
4 April 2012