The CLS Coupe, SLK Roadster And New Generation C-Class | Part Five

Customers can choose from three new engines, developing from 120 kW/163 hp to 265 kW/ 360 hp. These include, for the first time in this vehicle class, an eight-cylinder unit from Mercedes-AMG. This V8 powerplant delivers 265 kW/360 hp from under the bonnet of the SLK 55 AMG and propels the sports roadster from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.9 seconds.

The newly developed Mercedes six-cylinder in the SLK 350 develops 200 kW/272 hp and ensures dynamic driving pleasure. The four-valve unit is one of the most powerful V6 engines in its displacement class and gives notice of its sporting character with imposingly fully-throated sound development. The SLK 350 sprints from a standstill to 100 km/h in a mere 5.6 seconds (with 7G-TRONIC: 5.5 seconds) and from 60 to 120 km/h in 8.7 seconds (with 7G-TRONIC: 5.1 seconds).

The 120-kW/163-hp four-cylinder engine powering the SLK 200 KOMPRESSOR uses eight-per cent less fuel than the outgoing model of similar output. NEDC combined consumption stands at 8.7 litres per 100 kilometres.

The new SLK-Class replaces a highly successful first-generation model which sold over 308,000 units globally and secured a leading position worldwide in its market segment.

More dynamic, higher-quality and more attractive: The new generation of the C-Class

Sharing the Geneva limelight alongside the CLS-Class and SLK-Class at the Mercedes Benz stand will be the new generation of the C-Class. The Saloon, Estate and Sports Coupé models have all been carefully revised and set new standards in terms of driving dynamics, comfort levels and high-class looks and feel, in particular. The chassis, steering and six-speed manual transmission now have sportier inclinations, allowing the C-Class to offer an even more agile driving experience. A four-cylinder supercharged power unit developing 141 kW/192 hp will be added to the engine range for the Saloon and the Estate in spring 2004. The direct injection diesel engine under the bonnet of the C 220 CDI now delivers 110 kW/150 hp, whilst an eight-cylinder unit makes its debut in this model series, the new 270-kW/367 hp engine powering the top-of-the-range C 55 AMG.

The C-Class interior has been further upgraded, with the meticulously designed controls, line-specific seats and standard-fitted THERMATIC automatic climate control the outstanding features of the facelifted cockpit. Innovative scratch-resistant paintwork developed using nano technology also comes as standard and helps to further extend the durability of the C-Class range. Bi-xenon headlamps with the cornering light function, steering wheel gearshift buttons for the automatic transmission and new audio/navigation systems round off the high-tech optional extras available for this successful model family.

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Published 21 February 2004 Melanie Carter
 
 

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