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Mercedes-Benz C-Class facelift: prices announced with deliveries from this spring
10 New driver assistance systems for saloon & estate
And new engines with up to 31% better fuel economy

Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan, C 250 CDI, MY 2011, front view

Over one million C-Class have been sold since 2007.

11 January 2011: Following the presentation of its facelifted and technically enhanced C-Class on the eve of the 2011 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Michigan (10 to 23 January 2011), Mercedes-Benz announced today that both the 4-door sedan (Saloon) and the Estate versions of its midsize model can be ordered from today in Europe, where deliveries will begin this March.

Prices start from €32,695.25 for  the 115 kW (156 hp) C 180 BlueEFFICIENCY Saloon, and €34,361.25 for the Estate (both including 19 percent VAT).

How thorough is this facelift? The German brand claims that the C-Class facelift is one of the most comprehensive in the brand’s history, reflecting the importance of the model in its global sales. Indeed, the C-Class is Mercedes-Benz’ best-selling model range. Over one million units of the current C-Class have been sold since the model was introduced in 2007, with 25 percent of the C-Class sedan sold in the U.S. (25 percent of total sales), followed by Germany and China.

Since Mercedes-Benz introduced the first model of its D-segment (upper medium, midsize) family in 1982 (known first as the 190 series), it sold around 8.5 million vehicles.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan, C 250 CDI, model year 2011, rear view.

One of the most comprehensive facelifts in the brand’s history.

By "one of the most comprehensive (facelifts)  in the brand’s history", Mercedes-Benz means that the new C-Class gets more than 2,000 new parts. The car’s front and rear are now more striking, with ten new driving assistance systems now available for this model series, ranging from ATTENTION ASSIST drowsiness detection to DISTRONIC PLUS proximity control, in addition to new engines, an enhanced 7G TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission, and the ECO start-stop function to help to reduce fuel consumption by up to 31 percent (C 350 BlueEFFICIENCY) compared to the predecessor model.

 Engines

The main focus of the interior design work was on restyling the dashboard with its integrated screen and new surface grain.

All the rear-wheel drive C-Class models are equipped with the ECO start/stop function as standard, and all the engine variants (to the engines and prices page) are now classed as BlueEFFICIENCY units. In future all automatic versions with the exception of the C 300 CDI 4MATIC will feature the further-developed 7G-TRONIC PLUS seven-speed automatic transmission (introduction in the C 250 CDI 4MATIC in June 2011).

In addition, the overall ratio of all new powertrain variants has been optimised for fuel economy.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate, C 350 CDI, front-side-roof view.

The Saloon and Estate now have a new aluminium bonnet.

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 BlueDIRECT process in the C 350 BlueEFFICIENCY. The power and torque of the six-cylinder unit increased from 215 kW/292 hp and 365 Nm (previously) to 225 kW (306 hp) and 370 Nm, while fuel consumption has been reduced to a mean consumption of 6.8 litres per 100 km. That's 1.5 litres or 31 percent less than the preceding C 350 model.

The four-cylinder petrol engines, which were enhanced in 2009, all feature direct injection and turbocharging.

The most economical model in the Mercedes C-Class is the C 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY with the manual six-speed transmission and the standard ECO start/stop function. It has a diesel consumption of 4.4 litres per 100 km – 0.4 litres less than before. This corresponds to 117 grams of CO2 per kilometre. 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 a combined diesel consumption of 4.8 litres per 100 km. This corresponds to CO2 emissions of 125 grams per kilometre.

 Driving Assistance

The C-Class also gets a new generation of telematics systems, which consist of a new instrument cluster with an integrated display, internet access and a 3D navigation display with plastic city views.

2011 - 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
New new assistance systems at a glance
 

The new assistance systems, some of which only warn and some which actively intervene in hazardous situations, include:

· 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

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. They are grouped into two packages:

- The Lane Tracking package (€892.50) consisting of Lane Keeping Assist and Blind Spot Assist as the systems that give a warning in hazardous situations.

- The Driving Assistance package PLUS (€2320.50) with DISTRONIC PLUS, BAS PLUS, PRE-SAFE Brake, Active Lane Keeping Assist and Active Blind Spot Assist also has assistance systems that actively intervene following a warning.

 Telematics

Mercedes-Benz adds that its new 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.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class estate C 350 CDI 4MATIC with googlemaps

Special destination search via Google / Google Maps.

The multimedia system COMAND Online (from €3070.20) now provides internet access for the first time. When the car is stationary, users can browse or surf to a Mercedes-Benz Online service whose pages may also be used 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. New features include a 3D display with plastic city views.

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 (including the most economical one).

As a first in the C-Class, the Becker MAP PILOT (€892.50) navigation function can also be retrofitted. Available for the entry-level Audio 20 CD radio, Mercedes-Benz says that 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.

 Exterior

With a Cd figure of 0.26, the exterior shape starts with more dynamic contours of the front bumper. Its front section is brought closer to the brand's new design, with a central air intake opening out upwards in a V-shape.

The Saloon and Estate now have a new aluminium bonnet, which contributes to weight reduction and fuel efficiency. Its contour in the area of the newly designed headlamps and radiator grille emphasises the V-shape of the front section more heavily than before.

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 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.

With the optional bi-xenon headlamps and the Intelligent Light System (ILS), the impression of depth is reinforced by a row of lighting modules. A position light with a 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. Horizontal LED daytime running lamps are also fitted in the bumper.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate, C 350 CDI, rear

The new C-Class gets more than 2,000 new parts.

At the rear, the contours and dividing lines of the bumper have been modified to emphasise the width of the Saloon and Estate more strongly. The change is particularly visible 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. In the facelifted model, the tail lights are more neatly integrated into the rear section by a continuous covering lens. An 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.

 Interior

Mercedes-Benz C-Class estate C 350 CDI 4MATIC: driving position

Mercedes-Benz C-Class estate C 350 CDI 4MATIC: console and driving position

Debut of a new telematics generation.

The main focus of the interior design work was on restyling the dashboard with its integrated screen and new surface grain. The touch surfaces of the controls are now 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. The central, trapezoidal air vents and the round vents on the outside are highlighted in detail by galvanised trim.

In the newly designed dashboard, the large section of trim 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. In conjunction with the new telematics generation, the facelifted C-Class is also available with an optional, high-resolution colour display in the instrument cluster.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class estate C 350 CDI 4MATIC steering wheel

New-generation steering wheel.

The new-generation steering wheel, was introduced with the new CLS and is now available in the sporty AVANTGARDE line for the C-Class.

In addition to the standard equipment, which now include a leather steering wheel, the two design and equipment lines ELEGANCE and AVANTGARDE are the basis for the individualisation programme of the C-Class.

The two lines are now more readily distinguishable from each other. The new trim is in matt brown ash wood or dark burr walnut (ELEGANCE), or brushed aluminium or high-gloss black ash wood (AVANTGARDE). Stand features in the ELEGANCE line include luxury head restraints whose side bolsters can be adjusted as required.

New optional extras are added, such as front seat climatisation (€1261.40) and the Stowage package (€95.20). The latter includes a spectacles compartment, a stowage box under the front seats, a double cupholder and a parcel net in the rear footwell.

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