Mercedes Benz has unveiled details of the latest model in its popular C-Class range - the new C 200 CDI. Available in Saloon, Estate and Sports Coupé variants from August 2003, the new range brings executive diesel motoring to a wider audience than before, and is likely to prove extremely popular in the corporate market.
The new model supplements the hugely popular C 220 CDI and C 270 CDI models, which remain in the line-up. This family of refined diesel engines, using advanced common rail technology, offers effortless power and torque combined with competitive purchase prices and low running costs, with obvious benefits to business and private users alike.
Prices for the C 200 CDI range have been set at an impressive £1,000 less than the equivalent C 220 CDI models, with the same equipment, model and specification levels. Entry prices for the range are: £20,660 for the C 200 CDI Sports Coupé; £21,555 for the C 200 CDI Classic Saloon; and £22,505 for the C 200 CDI Classic Estate.
Technically, the C 200 CDI shares the same basic engine as its C 220 CDI stablemate. The four-cylinder unit retains its capacity of 2148 cc, but peak power output is now 122 hp at 4200 rpm. Maximum torque of 270 Nm is available between 1400 and 2800 rpm (the equivalent 220 CDI models are 143 hp and 340 Nm respectively).
These reduced outputs also bring benefits with regard to fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. Fuel consumption for Saloon models with the standard six-speed manual transmission is a remarkable 47.9 mpg. Carbon dioxide emissions are 156 g/km, meaning the car falls into the 18 per cent tax bracket (this includes the three per cent loading for diesel cars).