The New-Generation C-Class: In The UK From Summer 2004

The New Generation C-Class

Mercedes Benz C-Class

Even more dynamism, quality and modern appeal: The new generation Mercedes Benz C-Class

Four years after launch, Mercedes Benz is significantly enhancing the technology, equipment and design of the successful C-Class. The newly sports-tuned chassis, steering and six-speed manual transmission make the C-Class an even more agile performer. From summer 2004, a four-cylinder powerplant with compressor supercharger and an output of 192 hp will be added to the engine line-up for the Saloon and Estate models. The C 220 CDI, now Euro IV compliant, will develop 150 hp, thus making it 7 hp more powerful than its predecessor, whilst the new C 55 AMG developing 367 hp is the first car in this Mercedes Benz model series to feature an eight-cylinder engine.

The C-Class interior is enhanced further by a new cockpit design featuring exceptionally well designed controls and the automatic climate control system, which comes as standard. Also standard is the new paint which is based on nano-particle technology and offers greater scratch resistance. Optional hi-tech equipment includes bi-xenon headlamps with cornering light function, steering-wheel gearshift buttons for the automatic transmission and a new range of audio/navigation systems.

Available in the UK in Estate and Sports Coupé guises from May, and in Saloon form from July, this Mercedes model series features a new-look front section – bumper, radiator grille and headlamps – that gives the cars a dynamic appearance even when stationary.

Sales of the current C-Class - which was launched in Europe in May 2000 offering state-of-the-art technology, a high level of long-distance comfort and sporty agility - have now topped the 1.26 million mark. Some 95,000 units have been registered in the UK. Never before has Mercedes Benz sold so many cars from the same model series in such a short space of time.

By introducing this major model enhancement package, the Stuttgart-based manufacturer is augmenting the tried-and-trusted features of the C-Class, whilst at the same time raising standards, especially in terms of dynamism, comfort and perceived value.

UK prices and specifications will be announced closer to the summer launch, but the new generation C-Class will offer customers even better value than before.

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Published 2 February 2004 Melanie Carter
 

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