Mercedes-Benz has officially unveiled the new generation of the C-Class at Detroit. Main features of the new German car is reduced weight, larger dimensions, more efficient engines and a more elegant design.
The C-Class W205 has a length of 4.686 mm (+95 mm in relation to the outgoing generation), a width of 1.810 mm (+40 mm) and a height of 1.442 mm. The wheelbase has grown by 80 mm reaching 2.840 mm, with the luggage space reaching 480 liters. With the increased dimensions Mercedes wanted to make a clear differentiation of the new C-Class in relation to the CLA.
The external design is modern with a touch of luxury and borrows many design elements from both the revamped E-Class and the S-Class. The design of the interior follows the recent design philosophy of the German car company. The outdoor COMAND screen stands out, available in 7 inches and 8.4 inches, the latter being accompanied by a touch pad and a head-up display.
The airways are circular with the air conditioning system using data from the GPS, so it can automatically close the flaps of recycling when the car enters a tunnel to not put fumes into the cabin. Also the passenger seat has a sensor that turns off the air bag when a child car seat just clicks on it. The new C-Class also features a three-spoke steering wheel, an analog clock, a new instrument panel, recessed lighting, wood and gloss black and aluminum decoratives.
It was built on the all-new rear-wheel drive MRA platform. It weighs 100 kilos less than the previous generation and the engines to consume 20% less fuel in comparison to the previous genetration. In this help the aerodynamics , in which Mercedes-Benz has given much attention.
The new C-Class has an aerodynamic coefficient of 0.24 Cd at the version C 220 BlueTEC ECO. It is the first car in its class equipped with DIRECT CONTROL suspension with three modes : comfort, comfort with sporty features and sports , with the last setting to reduce the ground clearance by 15 mm. The structure of the car is made of 48% aluminum, with the front suspension have 4 links and the rear one having five. At the additional equipment you can find the AIRMATIC air suspension which has five settings “Comfort”, “ECO”, “Sport”, “Sport +” and “Individual”.
In terms of engines initially the new C-Class will be available with three engine sets, two petrol and one diesel .
The C180 version is equipped with a 1.6 liter turbo petrol engine producing 156 hp with 250 Nm of torque, this engine helps the
C-Class to accelerates from standstill to 100 km/h in 8.2 seconds , with an average fuel consumption of 5 liters/100 km and 116 g/km emission of CO2.
The C200 version is equipped with a 2.0 – liter turbo gasoline engine producing 184 hp with 300 Nm of torque. The 0-100 km/h comes in 7.5 seconds , with an average fuel consumption of 5.3 liters/100 km and 123 g/km emissions of CO2,
Finally the C220 BlueTEC is equipped with a 2.2 -liter diesel engine producing 170 hp and 400 Nm of torque. The 0-100 km/h comes in 8.1 seconds , with an average fuel consumption of 4 liters/100 km and 103 g/km emission of CO2.
Later will a 1.6 liter petrol engine will be added to the range, producing 115 hp and 280 Nm of torque and 136 hp with 320 Nm of torque. Also, the 2.2 -liter diesel engine will be available in a version with 115 , 204 and 170 hp ( version BlueEFFICIENCY).
The 2.0 -liter petrol engine will produce up to 238 hp and the hybrid C300 BlueTEC HYBRID version will combine the 2.2 -liter diesel engine producing 204 hp with an electric motor 20 kW (27 hp ) , offering an average fuel consumption of 3.9 liters/100 km.
All engines will be mated to either a new 6 – speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission 7G-TRONIC PLUS. In additional equipment found wheel drive 4MATIC and a plethora of security systems among which there are the COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS, DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist and Stop & Go Pilot, PRE-SAFE Brake, Brake Assist PLUS, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Parking Assist, Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus and Traffic Sign Assist with Wrong-Way Alert.
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