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Old 23rd December 2010, 10:12   #1
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Mercedes C-Class

The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class will be launched in spring 2011 and is a comprehensive modernisation. The front and rear sections of this best selling model have a more striking design. There is now a high-resolution colour display screen in the instrument cluster, an elegant new dashboard with grained surface and prominent decorative trim emphasising the premium character of the interior. Fuel consumption has been improved by up to 31 per cent. Efficiency-enhancing measures including new engines, the improved 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission and the ECO start/stop function also feature. Ten new driving assistance systems ranging from the standard ATTENTION ASSIST drowsiness detection system to the optional DISTRONIC PLUS proximity control system are also now available for this model series for the first time.

"In terms of drive and protection systems the new-generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class offers the same comfort and safety as our luxury models. High-grade interior features remind one of the new CLS, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class sets completely new standards in its segment with respect to perceived value and quality," says Dr. Joachim Schmidt, Sales & Marketing Director at Mercedes-Benz Cars. This interior modernisation is supplemented with a new telematics generation that not only includes completely redesigned displays, but also makes onboard internet access available.

A total of more than 2,000 new components distinguish the latest generation of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class from its predecessor.
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is the highest-selling model series for Mercedes-Benz. The current series has found well over one million buyers worldwide since its launch in March 2007. Since the introduction of the first Mercedes-Benz C-Class in 1982 (then known as the model 190), Mercedes-Benz has sold more than 8.5 million vehicles in total in this segment. In 2010 too, the C-Class has repeatedly won top places in the registration statistics.

Dynamic, resolute, self-assured: the exterior

The front bumper has more expressive and dynamic contours, with the front section being brought in line with the brand's new design idiom. The radiator grille surround is now more prominent. The central air intake opens out upwards in a V-shape, forming a visual base unit for the radiator grille. Pronounced side sections extend from the sporty V-shape at the centre of the bumper. Continuing beneath the headlamps, these sections blend into the feature lines along the vehicle flanks, linking the front section with the sides. The side air inlets in the bumper are positioned low down, giving the car a more road-hugging appearance.
The Saloon and Estate now have a new aluminium bonnet, which contributes to weight reduction and therefore enhances fuel efficiency. Its contour in the area of the headlamps and radiator grille emphasises the V-shape of the front section more heavily than before. In conjunction with the newly designed headlamps, this gives the front section a more resolute impression.
The shape of the clear-lens headlamps has been modified to create a more dynamic and resolute impression, and to act together with the bonnet, radiator grille and bumper to emphasise the V-shape of the front section. This impression is reinforced by both the exterior form of the headlamps and the interior of the housings. The headlamps show their modernity by precision and an interplay between matt and high-sheen areas. The halogen headlamps are arranged in the classic way, with low beam on the outside, high beam on the inside and the indicators neatly arranged in the outer corner formed with the front wing.
If the optional bi-xenon headlamps with the Intelligent Light System (ILS) are specified, the impression of depth is reinforced by a row of lighting modules. A position light with a distinctive C-shape emphasises the night design. Behind it is a cornering light extending to the main headlamp module on the outside. All three levels are connected by a transverse strip extending through the complete headlamp interior with dark contrasts, shiny areas and matt areas. A visual base in the lower section of the headlamp is formed by a horizontal broadband LED indicator unit. The horizontal LED daytime running lamps in the bumper also make the Mercedes-Benz C-Class unmistakable from a distance.
In the case of the rear bumper, the light-catching contours and dividing lines have been modified to emphasise the width of the Saloon and Estate even more strongly. This change is particularly obvious in the more steeply rising course of the side light-catching contours towards the tail lights. A continuous light-catching contour at the upper end of the rear bumper extends into the flanks to connect the rear end with the sides to emphasise the sporty character of the rear aspect. In the latest model, the tail lights are even more neatly integrated into the rear section by a continuous covering lens. The characteristic surface meander is now on the inside of the light, and reminiscent of preceding model series. The particular impression of depth is achieved by a centrally located LED indicator, which appears to float in front of the red upper and lower light bands with their more deeply set LEDs. The tail lights have a particularly high recognition factor in the dark.
The aerodynamics of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class are a mark of the bodyshell's efficiency. With a Cd figure of 0.26 it not only sets the benchmark in its class, but also glides through the wind better than most compact cars with its drag area of Cd x A = 0.57 sq. m.

Sporty, high-quality interior

The main focus of the design work in the interior was on restyling the dashboard with its integrated screen and new surface grain. The touch surfaces of the controls are now also more finely detailed and galvanised. A stepped extension to the instrument cluster now also accommodates the central display. The instrument cluster and a discreet light-catching contour continue into the front passenger side while the central, trapezoidal air vents and the round vents on the outside are highlighted in detail by galvanised trim.
The large section of trim is an important part of the newly designed dashboard. This extends from the centre air vents across the front passenger side to the outer air vent, while the lower edge of the upper dashboard section continues into the beltlines of the door panels with a new surface grain.
The control panel of the new-generation communication and information unit has keys with high-gloss surface inserts. The combination of keys, high-gloss areas and a new knurled wheel design accentuates the enhanced interior. In conjunction with the new generation telematics generation, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is now available with a high-resolution colour display in the instrument cluster.

More power, lower consumption: the engines

An improvement of up to 31 per cent has been achieved in fuel consumption and all Mercedes-Benz C-Class launch models will feature the ECO start/stop function as standard. All the engine variants are now classed as BlueEFFICIENCY units, showing that they are particularly efficient and environmentally compatible in their use of fuel. In future all automatic versions will feature the further-developed 7G-TRONIC PLUS seven-speed automatic transmission. In addition, the overall ratio of all new powertrain variants has been optimised for better fuel economy.
All the petrol engines in the model series have direct injection. One of the highlights is the introduction of the new V6 petrol engine with its innovative and highly efficient BlueDIRECT process in the C 350 BlueEFFICIENCY. The quantum leap in efficiency is particularly well illustrated by the six-cylinder unit: Power has increased considerably, the C 350 BlueEFFICIENCY delivering 306 hp and 370 Nm (previously 292 hp and 365 Nm).
The four-cylinder petrol engines, which made a great evolutionary leap forward in 2009 and all feature direct injection and turbocharging and excel with high performance and exemplary economy.
The most economical model in the Mercedes C-Class range has also become even more frugal: the C 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY with the manual six-speed transmission and the standard ECO start/stop function. This corresponds to 117 grams of CO2 per kilometre. In conjunction with the improved 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission and the ECO start/stop function included as standard, the C 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY and C 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY both deliver top-class figures with a combined diesel consumption of 58.8 mpg. This corresponds to CO2 emissions of 125 grams per kilometre.

Warning and intervening: the new driving assistance systems

With a total of ten new driving assistance systems ranging from ATTENTION ASSIST drowsiness detection to DISTRONIC PLUS proximity control, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class reaches a new level in safety. The assistance systems are based on the latest radar, camera and sensor technology, and cover frequent accident causes such as driving too closely, fatigue and darkness. The new assistance systems, some of which only warn and some which actively intervene in hazardous situations, at a glance:
  • Adaptive Highbeam Assist
  • Active Lane Keeping Assist
  • Active Blind Spot Assist
  • ATTENTION ASSIST
  • DISTRONIC PLUS
  • Speed Limit Assist
  • Parking guidance including PARKTRONIC
  • PRE-SAFE® Brake
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Blind Spot Assist
More operating comfort, better connectivity: new-generation telematics

The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class also sees the debut of a new telematics generation which will also be gradually introduced in other model series. Major new features include greater operating convenience, larger displays, telephone directory transfer, display of SMS messages, wireless music reproduction via Bluetooth and a USB interface now accommodated in the centre armrest.
The multimedia system COMAND Online now provides internet access for the first time (via the customers data enabled mobile phone). When the car is stationary, customers are able to browse freely or surf to a Mercedes-Benz Online service whose pages load particularly rapidly and are also easy to use while on the move. The integrated services include weather information and a special destination search via Google, as well as the option of downloading a route that has been previously configured on a PC using Google Maps and sent to the car. The navigation system of COMAND Online also has added functions.
Also new: routes covered can be recorded and repeated later, specific personal destinations can be imported via an SD card and four alternative routes can be displayed on the navigation map, one of them a particularly economical variation.
As a first in the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the Becker® MAP PILOT makes a low-cost navigation function, which can also be retrofitted, available for the entry-level Audio 20 CD radio. Its advantages over aftermarket solutions include integrated operation via the central controls and the Audio 20 display, a concealed location in the glove compartment and updating via an internet portal.
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Is it just me or the headlamps resembles the Skoda Laura?
Glad that they replaced the dashboard...
The old one was very simple...
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I think the C class has sorta lost the race to the A4 and the 3 series. Atleast in my part of the world. And i believe thses lights are quite similar to the new laura sold in India.
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The front looks seriously confused. The lights look funny and the front fender looks similar to the existing 3's fender.
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Is there anyone else who thinks the 2011 C's headlights look exactly like that of the Laura? The interiors seem to be done better and I love that steering wheel!
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The new C shown here looks a lot more Sporty and youthful compared to the current version we get here. I hope along with the visual changes Mercedes gets us a better gearbox mated to the current 220 CDI, a more powerful diesel would even be better.

Overall i like this updated version compared to the duller looking current one.
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Wow!

The interiors are really good.

Also, the making the 3 pointed star to be part of the front grill saves Merc owners from the theft of the logo.

Just one query, what is the small icon-size pciture of Merc in the central meter just above the steering depicting? Is it some kind of reverse camera image or what?
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I hope along with the visual changes Mercedes gets us a better gearbox mated to the current 220 CDI, a more powerful diesel would even be better.
There already is a C250cdi which has 500nm of torque.


I like this more than the current car, especially the interiors. And Merc has gone overboard on the lights, like the S class.
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^^ But also check out the prices which are closer to cars a segment above. I am talking about the low end diesel variant.
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Well that steering wheel reminds me of the MP4-24 I'm in love with all over again. Though the front is a catastrophe and headlights aren't such a massive failure. I am not supporting Mercs because I love them blindly, but they have tried something and which isnt a bad thing at all. well, I believe they havent timed their launch. Since that Beamer and the Audi has refreshed their entry sedans, Mercs are late in the field. I feel its better than never.
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Damn. The headlamps are so similar to the Laura. Never thought that would happen. Did not notice any difference from the rear. Amazing interiors though!!
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I love the looks of C class 2011 but is it a inspiration from Laura 2010.Upgrades to the rear end is minimal. The problem is that the 3 point stars loses their sheen with a year or so but bemmers look fresh even after a decade.Its only my personal opinion.
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There already is a C250cdi which has 500nm of torque.


I like this more than the current car, especially the interiors. And Merc has gone overboard on the lights, like the S class.

There already is a C250cdi which has 500nm of torque - Which just isnt good enough after back to back rides in an A4 3.0TDI (though i know they are not comparable)

About the lights, like you said, starting with the S, Mercedes are trying to do an Audi and trying their best to make beautiful use of lights. It just isnt working. They seem so desperate to get those DRLs in the headlamp cluster.
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There already is a C250cdi which has 500nm of torque - Which just isnt good enough after back to back rides in an A4 3.0TDI (though i know they are not comparable)

About the lights, like you said, starting with the S, Mercedes are trying to do an Audi and trying their best to make beautiful use of lights. It just isnt working. They seem so desperate to get those DRLs in the headlamp cluster.
Haha then why compare? Of course theyre not comparable.

The only Merc LEDs I really like are the E classes. Ok im gonna run from here since I know how much you dislike Mercs
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Well, I kind of liked the design. Subtle updates, implemented neatly. And headlamps looking like the Skoda Laura - Is that really a bad thing?
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