New Mercedes C-Class returns 70 mpg

A new Mercedes C-Class is on the way to the UK market, which will be offered with an efficient C 220 Blue TEC engine with overall CO2 from 103 g/km.

The C-Class will be available with a choice of two engines and three comprehensively specified model lines, with OTR prices starting from £26,855 OTR. The first examples of the new C-Class are set to be delivered to customers in June.

At launch, a choice of a 1,991 cc, four-cylinder petrol engine and a 2,143 cc, four-cylinder diesel engine will be offered, each available with a choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic gearboxes.

The C 220 Blue TEC will be the most efficient, returning combined mpg of 70.6 and CO2 of 103g/km in manual (65.7 mpg and 109gCO/km in automatic). Performance wise, the manual Blue TEC version will give 170 hp and 400 Nm torque enabling it to achieve a 0 to 62mph time of 7.7 seconds and a top speed of 145 mph. These figures are for the SE base model.

The other variant available at launch will be the petrol C 200, with combined mpg of 53.3 and CO2 of 123 g/km in both manual and automatic versions. The manual C 200 will have slightly better performance with 0 to 62mph in 7.5 seconds and a 147mph top speed. These figures are for the SE base model.

A further three engine variants – the C 200 BlueTEC, C 250 BlueTEC and C 300 BlueTEC HYBRID will follow during the course of the year.

Three model lines will make up the new C-Class range – SE, Sport and the AMG Line. Among the equipment highlights, the Sport model adds 17-inch alloy wheels (up from 16-inch on the SE), LED headlights, lowered comfort suspension and Garmin Map Pilot Navigation. The AMG Line adds 18-inch AMG wheels, AMG bodystyling, steering wheel and sports suspension.

The comfort and safety systems are joined by the Agility Select system – a rocker switch allowing the driver to choose between Comfort, Eco, Sport, Sport+ and Individual modes (the latter allowing a bespoke setup) each affecting the vehicle's behaviour. In Eco mode, for example, the car will be set-up to be as efficient as possible, lowering the shift point of the gear changes, softening the throttle response and even reducing power to the heated seats and rear window and the air conditioning system to focus on economy.

Ben Lane

Author:Ben Lane
Date Updated:5th Feb 2014

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