What is it?
The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a huge improvement over its predecessor in many key areas and, crucially given the level of competition it will face, a more engaging car to drive than ever before.
As you can read in our drive of the C 250 BlueTEC model, the carry over turbocharged 2.2-litre four-cylinder common rail diesel engine, traditionally the big seller here in the UK, spuriously lacks the outright refinement of its more keener executive class rivals.
As such, it comes as little surprise to find the German car maker enthusiastically extolling the virtues of initial turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder direct-injection petrol engine versions of the new C-Class.
The C 250 driven here is not planned for sale in the UK owing to poor sales of its direct predecessor, which ran a considerably older turbocharged 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine with a less advanced injection system. However, Mercedes-Benz expects it will be the most popular of all of the new C-Class models on a global basis.