Following dozens of spy shots and leaked images, Mercedes-Benz has officially revealed the new C-Class saloon ahead of its public debut at next month’s Detroit Auto Show.
The new C-Class is no longer the entry-level saloon for the German automaker as that place belongs now to the popular CLA.
To make more room for the CLA, the C-Class has grown in size. It is 95mm longer, with a length of 4686mm, 40mm wider with a 1810mm width and has an 80mm longer wheelbase, which now stands at 2840mm. The height remains at 1442mm. The cargo area has been increased to 480 litres.
Even though the new model is bigger in size it is up to 100kg lighter thanks to the MRA rear-wheel drive architecture. Fuel consumption is also down by 20 percent.
The design does not offer any big surprises as it takes cues from the bigger E-Class facelift and S-Class, though the overall look is sportier, more premium and more modern compared to the outgoing model.
The interior is cleaner with less buttons with a free-standing screen on top of the dashboard.
From launch three engines will be offered:
-170bhp 2.2-litre 4-cylinder diesel in the C 220 BlueTEC, good for a 0-62mph in 8.1 seconds and average fuel economy of 70.6mpg and CO2 emissions of 103 g/km.
-156bhp 1.6-litre petrol in the C 180 with 0-62mph in 8.2 seconds and average fuel economy of 56.4mph and CO2 emissions of 123 g/km.
-184bhp 2.0-litre petrol in the C200 with 0-62mph on 7.5 seconds and average fuel economy of 53.2mpg and CO2 emissions of 123 g/km
Soon after the launch a 1.5-litre diesel with 115bhp and 136bhp will follow, as well as a diesel hybrid.
Other big news is the optional self-leveling AIRMATIC air suspension with continuous variable damping.
Hot AMG version is also already in development and is expected to pack around 450bhp.
UK pricing will be announced closer to market launch.