The Mercedes-Benz C-Class has received a midlife revision that gives it a new and dynamic appearance while new engine offerings improve the model's fuel efficiency.
The C-Class's front section now bears a more expressive face with the front bumper sporting more dynamic contours while the radiator grille is now more prominent. Pronounced side sections extend from the sporty V-shape at the center of the bumper and continue beneath the headlamps before blending into the feature lines along the vehicle’s flanks to link the front section with the sides. The side air inlets in the bumper are also positioned lower to give the C-Class a more road-hugging appearance. This is literally topped with a new aluminum bonnet, which contributes to the car's weight reduction and fuel efficiency.
At the rear, the taillights are more neatly integrated through the use of continuous covering lens, giving it a character that is reminiscent of the previous C-Class.
The biggest change to the current C-Class, however, is with the engines as all rear-wheel drive models now sport the ECO start/stop function as standard. All the engine variants have also been classed as BlueEFFICIENCY units which mean they are all particularly efficient and environmentally compatible in their use of fuel. In addition, all the petrol engines in the C-Class model series now have direct injection with all four-cylinder models being equipped with a turbocharger.
To highlight the performance and fuel efficiency of the new C-Class, Mercedes-Benz cited the new V6 petrol engine of the C 350 BlueEFFICIENCY as producing 306hp and 370Nm of torque while consuming just 6.8 liters of fuel for every 100 kilometers. In comparison, the preceding C 350 model only delivered 292hp and 365Nm of torque while consuming 8.3 liters of fuel for every 100 kilometers.
"In terms of drive and protection systems the new-generation C-Class offers the same comfort and safety as our luxury models. And with numerous high-grade features in the interior that remind one of the new CLS, the C-Class sets completely new standards in its segment with respect to perceived value and quality," said Joachim Schmidt, sales and marketing director at Mercedes-Benz Cars.
The refreshed C-Class will be launched globally in the first half of 2011.