Merc's 2013 C-class range features new trim levels and a more frugal BlueEfficiency engine
Exclusively for the coupé model, buyers can opt for a £530 AMG Handling Pack
Revised colour options and repositioned switchgear are changes to the car's interior
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.