The new Mercedes C-Class was revealed in December with an evolutionary design, taking inspiration from the new E-Class facelift and S-Class.
The first 2014 model year C-Class rolled off the assembly line at the Mercedes-Benz Bremen plant in Germany and soon will also start production in East London (South Africa), Beijing (China) and Tuscaloosa (USA).
It is the first time the C-Class is made at four sites on four continents.
With the start of production, Mercedes UK has also announced that the new C-Class starts from £26,855.
Three model lines will be offered from launch – SE, Sport and the AMG Line. The Sport model adds 17-inch alloy wheels (up from 16-inch on the SE), LED headlights, lowered comfort suspension, chrome exterior trim and Garmin Map Pilot Navigation.
The AMG Line adds 18-inch AMG wheels, AMG bodystyling and steering wheel, sports suspension and an Artico finish to the upper dashboard.
The AIRMATIC system is optional on all models.
From launch three engines are available:
-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
A further three engine variants – the C 200 BlueTEC, C 250 BlueTEC and C 300 BlueTEC HYBRID will follow shortly after.
Compared to the outgoing model, the new C-Class 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 is 480 litres.
Despite a bigger size, the new model is up to 100kg lighter thanks to the MRA rear-wheel drive architecture. Fuel consumption is also down by 20 percent.