With the year coming to an end, various companies from the automobile industry are planning for substantial additions to their existing assortment of luxury cars. Mercedes-Benz also has a few similar schedules as it has announced to reveal its latest C-Class series for consumers in spring next year.
With a brand-new high-resolution color display screen built into the instrument cluster and a stylish new dashboard with grained surface, the latest C-Class integrates a prominent decorative trim emphasizing the premium character of the interior. It also boasts of a fuel consumption improvement of upto 31 percent and efficiency-enhancing measures such as new engines, refined 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission and the ECO start/stop function.
“In terms of drive and protection systems the new-generation C-Class offers the same comfort and safety as our luxury models. High-grade interior features remind one of the new CLS, the C-Class sets completely new standards in its segment with respect to perceived value and quality,” explains Joachim Schmidt, Sales & Marketing Director at Mercedes-Benz Cars.
The new model series brings ten new driving assistance systems ranging from the standard Attention Assist drowsiness detection system to the optional Distronic Plus proximity control system for the first time. A new telematics generation is said to compliment the interior modernization and includes entirely revamped display units with onboard internet access. Among features that highlight the new series are the front bumper that has more dynamic and expressive contours, radiator grille surround becoming more prominent and the central air intake opening outward in V-shape forming a visual base unit for the radiator grille.
The Saloon and Estate now surface a new aluminium bonnet which reduces weight and in result enhances fuel efficiency. After opting for the additional bi-xenon headlamps with the Intelligent Light System (ILS), the impression of depth is toughened by a row of lighting modules. Also sporting a high-quality interior, the C-Class series concentrates on restyling the dashboard with its new surface grain and integrated screen. Finely detailed and galvanized touch surfaces of the control are coupled with a stepped extension to the instrument cluster that accommodates the central display.
Achieving an step up from the preceding models, the C-Class are powered by engine variants featuring BlueEfficiency units which will also be incorporated with further-developed 7G-Tronic Plus seven-speed automatic transmission system. The petrol version of the cars will be fitted with the new V6 engines with its innovative BlueDirect process in the C 350 BlueEfficiency. Power is increased considerably with the illustrated six-cylinder unit that delivers 306 hp and 370 Nm.
Various new driving assistance systems are also introduced in the new range of cars to warn and intervene if needed. With Adaptive Highbeam Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Attention Assist, Distronic Plus and Speed Limit Assist, the new safety features also include Parking guidance including Parktronic, Pre-Safe Brake along with Lane Keeping Assist and Blind Spot Assist. A new multimedia system Comand Online provides internet access for the first time through customer’s data enabled mobile phone. The Becker Map Pilot makes a low-cost navigation function which can be retrofitted are obtainable for the entry-level Audio 20 CD radio.
The C-Class is reported to be the highest-selling model series of Mercedes Benz and has sold over million vehicles worldwide since it released in March 2007. The assortment of models has also ascended several top positions in the registration statistics. Considered to be a comprehensive modernization of the company’s product range, the C-Class will be unraveled for buyers in Spring 2011.