The all-new Mercedes-Benz C-class saloon has been priced from £26,855 ahead of the first UK deliveries in June. Order books are now open. 

Two variants of the C-class, the C200 petrol and the C220 BlueTec diesel will be available at launch. Prices for the C200, which is powered by a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine producing 179bhp and 221lb ft of torque, start at £26,855 for an entry-level SE model fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox. Prices for Sport and AMG Line editions rise to £28,850 and £30,345 respectively.

C220 BlueTec models are powered by a 168bhp, 295lb ft 2.1-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine, with prices starting from £29,365. Top-spec AMG Line models are priced from £32,855. Models fitted with the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission command a £1500 premium over manual.

C220 BlueTec SE models fitted with manual transmissions offer the lowest CO2 emissions of the launch range, at 103g/km. The diesel offers 70.6mpg, compared with 53.3mpg in the C200 petrol. 

The C200 is the fastest to 62mph, at 7.5 seconds, with C220 BlueTec models managing 7.7 seconds in manual guise. The two C-class models have top speeds of 147mph and 145mph respectively.

A C200 BlueTec and a C250 BlueTec, the latter of which has 201bhp and 369lb ft of torque, will be added to the line-up over the next year alongside a C300 Bluetec Hybrid variant. This is offered with the C250 Bluetec-spec version of the 2.1-litre turbodiesel engine, and gains an electric motor with 28bhp and 184lb ft. 

Each of these three additional C-class variants will be offered with Mercedes’ new nine-speed automatic gearbox, codenamed NAG3 and known as 9G-Tronic.

On the diesel front, an ECO version of the C220 Bluetec will also be offered, complete with an aerodynamically optimised body and tyres with low rolling resistance. This is expected to have a best-in-class rating for CO2 emissions close to 100g/km. The C63 AMG, which will be powered by a new twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine with as much as 480bhp, also joins the range early next year.

SE variants come with 16-inch wheels, upgraded to 17-inches on Sport models, which also come with LED headlights, lowered suspension and chrome exterior trim. AMG Line models get 18-inch AMG alloy wheels, a more aggressively styled body kit and sports suspension.

Standard equipment on the C-class includes the latest version of Mercedes' Comand infotainment system on a seven-inch display, a touch-sensitive controller and dual-zone air conditioning. Other standard features include a reversing camera, cruise control and Mercedes' Collision Assist automatic braking system.

Optional AirMatic air suspension is also available for £895. The system allows drivers to select from five driving modes, dubbed Comfort, Eco, Sport, Sport+ and Individual.

A number of upgrade packages add extra features to the C-class. An Executive Pack for SE models costs £995 and includes integrated satellite-navigation, heated front seats and split folding rear seats. Sport and AMG Line models can upgrade to the Driving Assistance Package for £1495, which adds the Distronic radar-guided cruise control system alongside blind spot monitoring and lane assist functions.