2015 Mercedes C-Class press release

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  1. 1. The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class: C-Class at its best Stuttgart,Dec16,2013 TheallnewCClassheraldsanewchapterintheMercedesBenzsuccessstoryand setsnewstandardsinthepremiummidrangeclass.Thankstoanintelligentlightweight designconceptboastingweightsavingsofupto100kilograms,excellentaerodynamics andnew,economicalengines,theCClassestablishesnewbenchmarksinitsclass.A hostofnewassistancesystemsoffersafetyofthehigheststandard,whileanew suspension,optionallyairsprung,providesforexemplaryrideanddrivingcomfortas wellasnimbleandagilehandling.IntermsofappearancethenewCClassadoptsa progressiveapproachwithitsclearyetemotionaldesignanditshighclassinterior. Manyotherinnovationsandinteriortouchesunderscorethesaloon'senergising comfortandrefinedsportiness.Inall,theperceivedqualityofthenewCClassfeelslike anupgradetoahigherclassoftravel.ThenewCClassSaloonisavailablefor orderingnow.ThemodelrangewillinitiallycomprisetheC180from33,558.euros,the C200from36,414.eurosandtheC220BlueTECfrom38,675.euros,(pricesinGermany incl.19%VATineachcase). TheCClassisthebiggestsellingmodelseriesfromMercedesBenz.Salesofthepreceding model,whichwaslaunchedin2007,totalover2.4million.ThenewCClassofferssensualand cleardesignandahostoftechnicalinnovationsaswellasacomprehensivescopeofstandard equipmentandexemplaryemissionandfuelconsumptionvalues.Thisalladdsuptosubstantial addedvalueandlongtermsavingsonmotorvehicletaxandatthefillingstation. "Mercedesatitsbestthat'sthenewCClass,whichsetsnewstandardsforthemidrange segmentonmanyfronts,"saysProf.DrThomasWeber,MemberoftheBoardofManagement ofDaimlerAGresponsibleforGroupResearchandMercedesBenzCarsDevelopment."Itis characterisedbyanemotionalyetcleardesignwhichiscontinuedinthehighqualityandmodern interior.Itsefficientandhighperformanceengineeringprovidesthebasisforahighstandardof drivingenjoyment." OlaKllenius,ExecutiveVicePresident,SalesandMarketingMercedesBenzCars,adds:"The newCClassembodiesMercedesBenz'sclaim"Thebestornothing"inuncompromisingstyle. Thisisimmediatelyapparentwhenencounteringournewsaloonforthefirsttime,asitcreates theimpressionthatoneissittinginahigherclassofautomobile.Iamsurethatourcustomers willbedelightedbythehighclassappealandagilityofthenewCClass." TheCClasshasgrowntotakeaccountofpeople'sincreasingaverageheight.Withan 80millimetreincreaseinthewheelbase(2840millimetres)comparedwiththepreviousmodel, thevehicleis95millimetreslonger(4686millimetres)and40millimetreswider(1810 millimetres).Theresultantadditionalspacebenefitsfirstandforemosttherearpassengers,who nowtravelinevengreatercomfort.ThenewCClassalsooutstripsitspredecessorintermsof
  2. 2. bootcapacity,at480litres(inaccordancewithISO3832). Sensualpurityandpuristforms Onavisuallevel,thenewCClassrepresentsabolddeparturefromitspredecessor.Itsstriking, dynamicdesignexudessensualpurityandarousesemotions.Modernaestheticwasasourceof inspirationforthenewsaloon'ssensuouslinesandsurfaces,whoseharmonyanddynamism createanimmediateeffect.Thedesignershavecreatedminimalist,puristformsfortheCClass whichemphasiseitsintelligenttechnologyandengineering.Theclearlydefinedsurfaces deliberatelydisplayadegreeoftension,lendingthemamodernandemotionalcharacter. Preciselinesandsculpturalsurfacescreateprogressivelightandshadeeffects. AsGordenWagener,VicePresidentDesignDaimlerAG,notes:"ThenewCClassshowcases automotivepassionbywayofacontemporarydesignidiom.Progressiveandemotional highlightsunderscorethegroundbreakingdesignstyleofthenewCClassanddemonstrate sensualpurity.ThenewCClassinterpretsmodernluxuryonanewlevel. Inthesideviewalongbonnet,apassengercompartmentsetwellbackandshortoverhangs definetheCClass'sclassic,wellbalancedMercedesBenzsaloonproportions.Largewheels emphasizetherearandcommunicateastylishlysportycharacter. Thereisachoiceoftwodifferentfaces:sportywithcentrallypositionedstarorforthe EXCLUSIVElineonlytheclassicsaloonradiatorgrillefeaturingtheMercedesstaronthe bonnet.Thefinsoftheradiatorgrillecanbeclosedcompletelytooptimisethevehicle'sCdvalue, highlightingthestatusofthiscultivatedsaloonindulyselfassuredstyle. ThenewCClasscomeswithH7halogenheadlampsasstandard.Inadditiontothestandardfit headlamps,twoenergysavingLEDvariantsareavailable:astaticsystemandadynamic versionwith"LEDIntelligentLightSystem".Thecharacteristicnightdesignlendsthenew CClassitsveryowndistinctivelookinthedark,too.Therearlampandbrakelightinthetail lightsfeatureLEDtechnologyinallheadlampversions. Highclassinteriorwithfinedetails TheMercedesBenzdesignershavestyledtheinterioronalevelwhichisrarelyencountered eveninhighervehiclecategories.Thisappliestothecarefullychosenhighclassmaterialsand theirpleasanttouchandfeelaswellastheprecisionofthefinelycrafteddetails.Theinterioralso embodiesanewdesignidiomwhichcombinessensuousnessandpurityperfectlywithdynamic sportinessandcontributestothequalityfeeloftheinterior. Thedriverandfrontpassengerenjoyplentyofspaceandluxuryinadiscreet,modernguiseon boardthenewCClass.Thisgivesrisetoafeelgoodatmospherewhichisnewtothisclassof vehiclesettlingintoonesseatintheCClassisakintotheupliftingfeelingofbeingupgraded fromeconomytobusinessclassonanaeroplane.
  3. 3. TheinteriordesigndemonstratesaboldnewapproachbyMercedesBenz.Herethedesigners combineinaccomplishedstylethearchitectureofMercedesBenzsportscarswithatotallynew centreconsolefeaturingflowinglines.Inautomaticvehiclesalargeonepiececentreconsole panelperformsanelegantsweepfromthecentreairventstothearmrest. Theseseamlessclearcutlinescreateasenseofopenspaceandconveyathrillinglypurist andmodernfeel. Onvehicleswithmanualtransmissionthecentreconsoleisslightlysteeperandfeaturestwo separatetrimelementsinordertocreateamplespaceforergonomicoperationoftheshiftlever. Acentrallypositionedfreestandingcentraldisplayisthemaineyecatchingfeatureacrossthe centreconsolewithascreendiagonalof17.78centimetres(7inches),or21.33centimetres (8.4inches)ifCOMANDOnlineisspecified. Fiveroundairventslendthedashboardasportytouch.Withtheirmetalliccooltoucheffectthey createafascinating,tangiblecontrasttothewarmlookoftheothermaterialssuchasthe woodinthecentreconsoleortheleatheronthedashboard.The"upgrade"feeldulycontinues withthecontrols.Allswitchesfeatureahighquality,threedimensionaldesignbefittingaluxury vehicleandbenefitfromaclearlayout. TheinnovativetouchpadinthehandrestovertheControlleronthecentretunnelmarksafurther evolutionarystepdevelopedinhouseatMercedesBenz.Asonasmartphone,thisprovidesfor verysimpleandintuitiveoperationofalltheheadunitfunctionsusingfingergestures.The touchpadalsopermitsletters,numbersandspecialcharacterstobeenteredinhandwritingin anylanguage.Theuserreceivesclearhapticfeedbackwhenoperatingthetouchpad'scontrol surface,whichishighlyconducivetogenuineintuitiveuse. AheadupdisplayisalsonewtotheCClass.Likeinajetfighter,itdisplaysimportant informationdirectlyinthedriver'sfieldofvisiononthefrontwindscreen,thusprovidingforclear legibilityandensuringthatthedriverisdistractedlessfromtheroadahead.Thesystemprovides informationonvehiclespeed,speedlimitsandnavigationinstructionsanddisplaysmessages fromDISTRONICPLUS. Threedifferentdesignandequipmentlinesfortheexteriorandinteriorrespectivelyofferfurther scopeforindividualisationinadditiontothestandardequipmentandappointments.The AVANTGARDElineshowcasestheCClassasasportysaloon,theEXCLUSIVElineplacesthe emphasisonsophisticationandmodernluxuryandtheAMGlinelendstheCClassadecidedly sportycharacter. Robustyetlightweightbodyshell ThebodyinwhiteofthenewCClassprovidesaninnovativebasisforreducedweight,
  4. 4. outstandingrigidity,includingintroductionrigidityforexcellenthandling,combinedwithoptimum noiseandvibrationcharacteristicsandahighlevelofcrashsafety.Thankstointelligentand innovativelightweightconstruction,thealuminiumhybridbodyisaround70kglighterthana conventionalsteelbody.Thevehicle'soverallweightisevenreducedbyaround100kilograms. Assuch,thenewCClassleadsthe"lightweightrankings"initssegment.Thisspawns numerousbenefits:thelightweightconstructionofthenewCClasscutsfuelconsumptionbyup to20percentwithoutanylossofperformance,whileatthesametimeenablingalowercentreof gravity,whichinturngivesrisetothevehicle'snoticeablysportyandagilehandling. MercedesBenzachievesthisfeatoflightweightconstructionbyvariousmeasures,includinga completelynewstructuraldesignandtheuseofanunusuallyhighproportionofaluminiumfora massproducedrange.Theshareofaluminiumhasrisencomparedwiththesuccessful predecessorfromunder10percenttoalmost50percent. InkeepingwithMercedesBenztraditions,thebodyisdesignedforexemplarycrashsafety.Asa result,thesalooncompliesnotonlywithallcurrentnationallawsbutalsowithallrating requirements,aswellasmeetingthemorestringentinternalMercedesBenzsafetystandards basedonwhatactuallyhappensduringaccidents. Ahighstrengthsafetypassengercompartmentformsthecoreofthisconcept.Itissurrounded byspecificallyconfiguredandfieldtesteddeformationzoneswhichensuremaximumsafetyfor theoccupantsbyvirtueofoptimisedforcepathsandacombinationofaluminiumcastingsand ultrahighstrengthmaterials.Anouterskinconsistingalmostcompletelyofaluminiumprovidesa protectiveshellforthebody. Leadingthefieldinaerodynamicsandquietrunning Lowdragiscrucialtoachievingoutstandingefficiency.Fromaspeedofjustunder70km/h, aerodynamicdragexceedsthesumtotalofallotherdrivingresistancefactors.Assuch,drag constitutesamajorparameterineffortstoreducefuelconsumptionandCO2emissions.Witha Cdvalueof0.24fortheC220BlueTECECO,thenewCClassSaloonsetsanewbenchmarkin themidrangesegment.Thewindnoiselevel,whichwasalreadyverylowinthepreceding generationoftheCClass,hasbeenloweredstillfurther. Theengineershavealsodevotedpainstakingattentiontooptimisingotherpotentialsourcesof disturbancewhichmayhaveanadverseeffectonthedriver'sandpassengers'wellbeingand concentration,eventhoughtheymaynotconsciouslynoticetheeffects.NVH(noise,vibration, harshness)isthetechnicaltermforsuchnuisancefactors.Thespecialistshaveoptimisedthe noisecharacteristicsoftheinteriorblower,thepowerwindows,theseatadjustmentfunctions andmanyotheractuationandoperatingnoises,forexample.Asaresult,thenewCClass occupiesabenchmarkpositioninitssegment. OutstandingCO2valueswithnewsmalldieselengine
  5. 5. Powerfulandefficientpetrolanddieselengines,allequippedwiththeECOstart/stopfunction andcomplyingwiththeEuro6emissionsstandard,provideforlivelyperformanceandgreat drivingenjoyment.Theyalsocutfuelconsumptionbyupto20percentcomparedwiththe precedingmodel. ThreeenginevariantsareavailableatthemarketlaunchadieselintheguiseoftheC220 BlueTECandthetwopetrolmodels,C180andC200: ModelDisplacement cckW/hpNm0100 km/h insec.l/100 kmCO2 g/kmEfficiency classC220 BlueTEC2143125/17 04008.14.0103A+C1801595115/15 62508.25.0116AC2001991135/18 43007.55.3123BSoonafterthemarketlaunch,MercedesBenzisalreadysettoexpandtherangeofengines substantially.Anewsmalldieselenginewithadisplacementof1.6litresistobeadded. Reducedweight,compactdesignandlowspecificfuelconsumptionareamongitsspecial merits.Dependingonitsconfiguration,thesinglestagesuperchargedfourcylinderengine generates85or100kW(115or136hp)ofpowerfromacubiccapacityof1598ccanddelivers 280or320Nmoftorque.Itscommonraildirectinjectionsystemoperatesatamaximum injectionpressureof1600bar.ThisengineplacesthenewCClassinaleadingpositionwithin itssegmentintermsofCO2emissions. Inadditiontothisnewsmalldieselengine,anadvancedversionoftheproven2.2litre fourcylinderdieselengineisalsotobecomeavailableinseveraloutputvariants.Thediesel engineswillthencoveranoutputrangefrom85kW(115hp)to150kW(204hp).TheC220 BlueTECwillalsobeoptionallyavailablewithanoutputof125kW(170hp)asthe BlueEFFICIENCYEdition.AllthedieselenginesofthenewCClassareequippedwiththe establishedSCRtechnology(selectivecatalyticreduction)forparticularlyenvironmentfriendly drivingandensurethattheCClassmodelswithdieselenginesattainefficiencyclassAatleast, andinmostcasesevenefficiencyclassA+. BlueDIRECTpetrolengineswiththirdgenerationdirectinjection
  6. 6. Fivefourcylinderpetrolenginesratedat115to175kW(156to238hp)willalsobeavailable. ThesewillincludethespecialC180ECOEditionmodel,whichqualifiesforefficiencyclassAas theBlueEFFICIENCYEdition.Asixcylinderpetrolengineratedat245kW(333hp)willfollowin duecourse. TheBlueDIRECTfourcylinderpetrolenginesoftheCClasscombinespontaneousresponse andexemplarypowerdeliverywithhighefficiencyandbestinclassemissionperformance.To thisend,MercedesBenzhastransferredtheBlueDIRECTtechnologyfromtheV6andV8 enginestothefourcylinderengine.Thedirectinjectionsystemwithsprayguidedcombustion, whichwasintroducedintoseriesproductionbyMercedesBenzasthefirstautomotive manufacturer,employsamultipleinjectionprocesswhichisprecisioncontrolledbymeansofan electronicsystem.Thethirdgenerationdirectinjectiontechnologyiscomplementedby"fast multipleignition". Hybridwithfourcylinderdieselandpetrolengine AsintheSandEClass,MercedesBenzwilladditionallybeofferingadieselenginecombined withahybridmodule.TheC300BlueTECHYBRIDwithfourcylinderdieselengineanda compactelectricmotorgeneratesanoutputof150+20kW(204+27hp)andrunsononly3.9 litresofdieselper100km/hinNEDCcombinedmode(provisionalfigure).Afurtherparticularly economicalhybridmodelwhichistofollowatalaterjuncturewillfeaturestateoftheartplugin technology. Optimiseddrivetrain Dependingontheinstalledoutputratings,MercedesBenzisofferingtwonew6speedmanual transmissionsforthefourcylinderenginesinthenewCClasswhichstandapartfirstand foremostbyvirtueoftheirenhancedeaseofshiftingcoupledwithincreasedshiftingprecision andaharmoniousgearchangesequence.Smoothautomaticgearshiftingisprovidedbythe 7GTRONICPLUSautomatictransmission,whichhasundergonefurtherdevelopmentat MercedesBenzintheinterestsofenhancedenvironmentfriendlinessanddrivingpleasure. The4MATICpermanentallwheeldrivesystemservestoimprovetractionanddrivingstabilityin theCClass,too,whileadditionallyunderscoringthevehicle'srefinedsportiness. Suspensionsportyyetcomfortable ThesuspensiononthenewCClassisatotallynewdevelopment.Itprovidesfornimbleand agilehandlingthatmakesdrivingagreatpleasureonwindingroadswhilealsoofferingthe higheststandardofridecomfortinthesegment. Anewlydesigned4linkfrontaxleplaysamajorpartintheagilehandlingcharacteristics.Thanks tothe4linkprinciple,thefrontindependentsuspensionisfullydecoupledfromthespringstrut. Theresultantfavourableaxlekinematicsallowmoregripandhigherlateralstability.Asaresult,
  7. 7. thesuspensionrespondsmoresensitivelytosteeringmovementsandallowsasporty,agile drivingstyle.Anoptimisedmultilinkindependentrearsuspensionwith5linkconceptensures unsurpassedwheellocationqualitiesandsupremestraightlinestability. ThenewCClassSaloonisfittedasstandardwithasteelsuspension.ThreeDIRECT CONTROLsuspensionswithselectivedampingsystemareavailableinconjunctionwiththis suspension: acomfortsuspension acomfortableAvantgardesuspensionwithasportiercharacter asportssuspensionloweredby15millimetres Firstairsuspensioninthiscategory Alternatively,thenewCClassisthefirstvehicleinitssegmentthatcanbefittedwithanair suspension(AIRMATIC)onthefrontandrearaxles.Thankstoelectronicallycontrolled, continuousvariabledampingatthefrontandrear,itoffersoutstandingroadroarandtyre vibrationcharacteristicsevenwiththe...