For those of you planning to buy a new mid-sized sedan a great news comes in the form of the 2014 C-Class. Yes, Mercedes Benz has revealed the all new C-Class which, as per the German major, promises to set new standards in its class once it gets officially launched in the first quarter of 2014.
One of the most important changes is that the all new C-Class is larger yet lighter than its predecessor, and a major contribution to that comes from its new aluminium-steel hybrid body. The new sedan, at 4686 mm, is 95mm longer than before, with an additional 80 mm going in for the wheelbase, and is up to 100 kg lighter. And with a width of 1810mm, the new C-Class is 40 mm wider as well.
“Mercedes at its best – that’s the new C-Class, which sets new standards for the mid-range segment on many fronts,” says Prof. Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. “It is characterised by an emotional yet clear design which is continued in the high-quality and modern interior. Its efficient and high-performance engineering provides the basis for a high standard of driving enjoyment.”
Ola Källenius, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing Mercedes-Benz Cars, adds: “The new C-Class embodies Mercedes-Benz’s claim “The best or nothing” in uncompromising style. This is immediately apparent when encountering our new Saloon for the first time, as it creates the impression that one is sitting in a higher class of automobile. I am sure that our customers will be delighted by the high-class appeal and agility of the new C-Class.”
Talking about the cabin of the car, just like its exterior, the interior too has seen a comprehensive makeover. The new C-Class’ dashboard features a free-standing central display and five round air vents, as with the new A-Class. The display is available in 17.78cm or 21.33cm sizes, the latter coming with a Command Line option. If you are still not convinced, you will be with the new touchpad with handwriting recognition system and a Head-up display.
Coming as standard will be features like the Attention Assist and Collision Prevention Assist Plus featuring auto braking, while optional gadgetry includes Distronic Plus with Steering Assist and integrated Stop Go Pilot – a semi-automatic traffic jam assistant, Active Parking Assist for parallel and ‘end-on’ parking spaces, and Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus.
Next big thing about the new C-Class is the optional Airmatic air suspension which is a first in this segment. This system works continuously and alters the intensity of damping across all the four wheels and can be run under four different settings ranging from ‘Comfort’ to ‘Sport+’. But customers not going for the optional suspension system would be happy to know that the standard suspension system has been updated too and now features a new four-link front axle and revised five-link rear axle. All the C-Class models will come with Mercedes’ electromechanical Direct Steer steering system as standard.
Last but not the least the car will be available with a range of new and more frugal engines. At the time of launch only three will be available though. The C180 will be powered by a 1.6 litre direct injection turbocharged petrol engine that produces 115kW and 250Nm. The C200 will be powered by a 2.0 litre engine capable of putting out 135kW and 300Nm. And for diesel lovers there will be a 2143 cc unit that will develop 125kW and 400Nm.
Shortly after the launch Merc will also put a 1.6 litre supercharged diesel unit on the engine option list. Furthermore a C300 BlueTEC diesel electric hybrid model is also on the cards. The C-Class will be available with a new six speed manual gearbox or a 7G-Tronic Plus transmission.