The Mercedes C Class is the firm’s biggest seller and a new version hits our shores in the summer with the German carmaker announcing the spec and prices for its impressive car.
The price tag starts at £26,855 OTR and there will be two engines when launched in June; these will be the C200 2.0-litre petrol and the C220 2.1-litre diesel which will be married to either a seven speed automatic or six speed manual gearbox.
Performance figures for both are quite impressive with the C 200 petrol engine reaching 0-62mph in 7.5 seconds and returning fuel economy of around 53mpg on the combined cycle. Its CO2 emissions are 123g/km.
Economy and performance in the Mercedes C Class
The C 220 blueTEC will hit 62mph in 7.7 seconds and return economy of an impressive 71mpg and have CO2 emissions of 103g/km, which is just above the magic 100g figure.
The Mercedes has a lot riding on the new vehicle but fans will not be disappointed with three more variants also coming across in the months afterwards: C 200 BlueTEC, C 250 BlueTEC and C 300 BlueTEC HYBRID.
There will be three models to choose from: the SE, Sport and the AMG Line with all of them set to be the best equipped in the segment.
Among the standard equipment will be two zone air conditioning, a media interface located between the two front seats, and an intuitive touchpad which will control all of the C Class’ the entertainment functions.
New Mercedes C class has lots of equipment as standard
The Mercedes C Class will also have rain sensing wipers, cruise control, heated windscreen wiper washers, tyre pressure monitoring and collision prevention assist. There’s also a reversing camera fitted as standard.
Choose the AMG Line and equipment includes 18 inch AMG alloy wheels, a sports suspension, AMG bodystyling and LED headlights.
The Mercedes C Class is renowned for its comfort and driving ability and the safety system is also joined by the impressive Agility Select system which allows the driver to select the vehicle’s behaviour from Comfort, Eco, Sport, Sport+ and Individual mode (essentially, allowing the driver to create a bespoke setup).
Even in the Eco mode, the C Class will strive to be as economical and as efficient as possible by lowering the shift point for gear changes and softening the throttle response. It will even reduce the energy used by the heated seats and rear window as well as the air con system to help save fuel.
Set the mode to ‘Sport’ and the throttle will be made sharper and the suspension firmed up.
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As usual with Mercedes, there are lots of pricey options and various packs included and on the SE model there’s the choice of an Executive Pack for £995 which includes heated front seats, split folding rear seats and the Garmin map pilot navigation.
About the choice of options is a self-levelling air suspension system, a head-up display system and air filtering. There’s also a 360° camera.
No doubt more details about this great new vehicle will be revealed before the summer but Mercedes C Class lovers will be forming an orderly queue until then.