Mercedes has restructured its C-class trim levels and revised its most frugal BlueEfficiency petrol engine
30 July 2012

Mercedes-Benz has bolstered the appeal of its C-class range with a new trim structure – comprising Executive SE, AMG Sport and AMG Sport Plus models – plus a more frugal BlueEfficiency petrol engine. 

Entry-level Executive SE spec is available on saloon and estate C-class models only and includes 16-inch alloys, a ‘sports grille’ and LED daytime running lights. 

On top of Executive SE spec, customers can add Merc’s Luxury Package (which replaces the old car’s Elegance trim) for £2000. It includes 17-inch alloys and chrome touches to the car’s exterior, as well as the German firm’s three-louvre grille and brown ash wood interior.

The two new additions to the C-class range – AMG Sport and AMG Sport Plus – are available on all C-class models, including the coupé version. 

AMG Sport cars feature 17-inch AMG alloy wheels, plus halogen headlights as standard, while AMG Sport Plus models (which add a £1000 premium) include 18-inch bi-colour AMG alloys and an AMG boot spoiler. The AMG Sport Plus’s interior gets AMG sports seats with contrasting red stitching, red seatbelts and red-piped AMG floor mats. 

Exclusively for the coupé model, buyers can also opt for a £530 AMG Handling Pack, which uprates the model’s steering, engine and throttle responses.

Mercedes’ new 1.6-litre turbocharged BlueEfficiency petrol engine is slightly less powerful than the previous model's 156bhp at 152bhp, but its 184lb ft torque between 1250 and 4000rpm remains. When fitted to the C-class saloon, the new C180 BlueEfficiency engine returns a claimed 47.9mpg and emits 138g/km of CO2. Previously, those figures were 42.2mpg and 162g/km of CO2. 

As part of Mercedes’ restructuring, the firm has also axed its 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine from the C-class saloon and estate. Fitted to the coupé only, the engine’s 302bhp will launch the car to 62mph from rest in 6.0sec and on to a top speed limited to 155mph. 

Prices for the revised C-class range start from £25,915 for the C180 BlueEfficiency saloon. Estate and coupé models cost from £27,115 and £30,090 respectively.

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30 July 2012

It's a shame that the 3.5 V6 is being dropped - that was fast and could do over 40mpg. The new C180 CGI BlueEfficiency should be good though. Is that new 1.6 the same as the one used in the A200 and B200? All that torque from 1250rpm from a turbocharged petrol engine is impressive.

30 July 2012

checked more detail on this car, seems this car don't have good progress

30 July 2012

Wasnt this announced at the end of March?

30 July 2012

Or put it another way, Mercedes-Benz has now reduced its C-class to two trims: 'Standard' and 'Sport' ...

30 July 2012

Do people really want ever sportier (and therefore firming riding and noisier) cars?  Manufacturers seem to be veering down the sports path full throttle these days.  I much prefer a car with some degree of comfort, and I'm only young!  I much preferred Mercedes when they weren't desperately chasing BMW and Audi with all-out sports models.  They had much more appeal to me when they were the classy, refined option of the German triumvirate...

30 July 2012

They're now standard! Soon they might be xenon or even LED.

30 July 2012

Guy08 wrote:

They're now standard! Soon they might be xenon or even LED.

I had the same thought as you - my mother bought a new Fiesta in 1979 and that had Halogen headlights as standard! Do C Classes all have 12 volt electrics now or is that another essential option?!

Incidentally does anyone know if you can now get a C Class with real leather trim (like has been attached to a cow at some point in its gestation) or is it all still taxi-spec vinyl (I know MB have a more upmarket description for their plastic, but I cannot remember their euphemism).

R32

30 July 2012

"Incidentally does anyone know if you can now get a C Class with real leather trim (like has been attached to a cow at some point in its gestation) or is it all still taxi-spec vinyl (I know MB have a more upmarket description for their plastic, but I cannot remember their euphemism)."

I think it's called "pleather".

31 July 2012

toptidy wrote:

 

Incidentally does anyone know if you can now get a C Class with real leather trim (like has been attached to a cow at some point in its gestation) or is it all still taxi-spec vinyl (I know MB have a more upmarket description for their plastic, but I cannot remember their euphemism).

I'll be the sad geek that answers!

Mercedes calls it "Artico Leather" (maybe Artico is greek for "not") and full leather is either just under a grand on Exec SE models or £1350 on Sport models as an upgrade.

I think you actually have to buy the C63 AMG to actually get real dead cow as standard on the seats in the C Class range.

30 July 2012

This information has been around for ages, it's just a re jig of the models.

Dark Isle there is a luxury pack avaliable on the exec se which turns it into the old elegance spec.

Guy08 Xenon is standard in the sport plus, it used to be standard on the sport but they've taken it off and dropped the price.

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