Mercedes confirms limited details about its new C-class, as first pictures show its interior for the first time
18 October 2013

This is new fourth-generation Mercedes-Benz C-class saloon, revealed in limited detail more than two months before it is due to make its world debut at the Detroit motor show.

Although the new BMW 3-series and Audi A4 rival is yet to be officially unveiled, Mercedes-Benz says the new C-class will be a significantly more advanced car than its predecessor in terms of construction, with a “best in class” weight figure and a level of structural integrity that it describes as being “unparalleled” in its class.

Among its features is a new lightweight body structure that uses a newly developed aluminium hybrid construction process that Mercedes-Benz claims will see the new C-class saloon hit the scales up to 100kg below its predecessor, depending on the engine it uses.

This, in turn, is said to contribute to a 20 per cent reduction in fuel consumption on certain models without any loss in power.

The existing C-class saloon tips the scales at 1395kg in C180 CGI guise. At the other end of spectrum is the C300 CDI, which is claimed to weigh 1660kg.  

The reduction in weight is credited to a new structure that uses up to 48 per cent aluminium – up from 9 per cent on the outgoing third-generation C-class. The amount of hot formed steel and high strength steel has also risen by 5 per cent and 1 per cent to 8 per cent and 4 per cent respectively.

The new C-class body structure consists of nine primary cast components, with the suspension mounted on aluminium die cast elements that are claimed to be significantly more rigid than the steel components used today. New developed hydro-formed tube and aluminium cast components are claimed to provide the new saloon with outstanding test results in the Euro NCAP and US NCAP test procedures.

As well as receiving radically different construction, the fourth-generation C-class also uses a newly developed chassis consisting of a new four link front and five-link rear suspension that is claimed to provide what Mercedes-Benz describes as “unsurpassed wheel location qualities”, “supreme straight line stability” and “outstanding NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) qualities”.

The new arrangement uses a greater number of aluminium components, saving 2kg in the front end alone. It will come with the choice of three states of tune: Comfort, Direct Control and Sport – the latter of which receives a 15mm reduction in ride height.    

Meanwhile, Mercedes-Benz has confirmed the new C-class will be offered an optional Airmatic air suspension in combination with selected engines, as reported by Autocar.

The new set-up allows the driver to choose between Comfort, ECO, Sport and Sport Plus modes to vary the firmness of the dampers. It also provides an automatic self-leveling feature that lowers the car at motorway speeds for improved aerodynamics and added fuel economy.

Mercedes-Benz has also revealed the new C-class will receive a thoroughly reworked interior featuring optional head-up display, a finger tip controlled touch pad within the centre console measuring 6.5cm x 4.5cm and a free standing central display featuring a standard 7.0-inch or optional 8.4-inch colour monitor.

Other new features are a clever new air conditioning system that relies on GPS data to detect tunnels and automatically close the air recirculation flap in order to prevent fume filled air from entering the cabin and a front passenger seat that uses a sensor to detect the use of any child seat and automatically disengage the front passenger airbag.

Our Verdict

Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2007-2014
The C-Class rivals the likes of the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series

The Mercedes C-Class marks a return to the company's old-school values of all-round quality and maturity

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21 October 2013

Why do so-called prestige manufacturers such as BMW, and now Mercedes, design their fascias so that the SatNav screen looks like an after-market accessory bought from Halfords? It just looks cheap.

Oh, and just how many air vents do you really need?

21 October 2013

That screen really does ruin what looks like a very lovely interior.

21 October 2013
superstevie wrote:

That screen really does ruin what looks like a very lovely interior.

x 2.

21 October 2013

In a world with people obsessed about smartphones and tablets, I would hazard a guess that the 'stand-alone' sat-nav screen was designed to look similar to said smartphones and especially tablets. Whether or not it works well with the design of the rest of the interior is of course another story.

I also think that there may be be two slightly different versions of the dash - in some spy shots I've seen, the lower half of the centre console looked different, although it could be because they were pre-production vehicles.

 

- Follow your own star -

21 October 2013

Have to agree with the above comments, the screen just doesn't look right, it should at least have been designed to slot away into the dash when not needed

21 October 2013

not nice at all

21 October 2013

When many other manufacturers can retract their screens in to the dashboard, why can't Mercedes? Or if they want it on show, why not integrate it better like they've done with new S-Class, as well as the current C and E-Classes.

Otherwise, the interior really looks superb and even from the photos, the quality looks exceptional and looks head and shoulders above an A4 and 3-Series', cars whose interior quality are not exactly shabby. Jaguar will need to raise their game massively if its rival is to reach the interior quality of its German rivals.

21 October 2013
Lanehogger wrote:

When many other manufacturers can retract their screens in to the dashboard, why can't Mercedes? Or if they want it on show, why not integrate it better like they've done with new S-Class, as well as the current C and E-Classes.

Otherwise, the interior really looks superb and even from the photos, the quality looks exceptional and looks head and shoulders above an A4 and 3-Series', cars whose interior quality are not exactly shabby. Jaguar will need to raise their game massively if its rival is to reach the interior quality of its German rivals.

The lastC-Klasse (pre facelift) had a retractable screen. I can only think they think it is more 'cool' to have a stand alone tablet style screen. Agree wit the quality, it is absolutely stunning.

21 October 2013

It is illegal to use a mobile phone whilst driving if hand held.

But it seems it is legal to update a Facebook account and surf the web whilst driving.

I know motorway driving can be tedious, but should n't the driver still be looking where they are going?

21 October 2013

Merc's new dash architecture a big improvement on the cluttered and cheap looking current design. But that proud of the dash touch-screen should of been integrated into it. Looks too much like similar screen architecture seen on lesser brands - aka Renault and Peugeot!

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