Mercedes to launch new C-Class

Mercedes to launch new C-Class

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled a new, sleeker looking C-Class for 2014.

The mark IV version of the compact executive car is expected to hit UK showrooms midway through next year.

The new C-Class is lighter than its predecessor as well as having an improved CO2 emissions rate and fuel consumption level, thanks to an upgraded engine programme and weight reduction techniques. A new deal with Renault will mean that certain diesel models will produce less than 100g/km of CO2.

A little bigger in all the important dimensions, this C-Class will be the first to offer all-wheel drive for right hand drive markets such as the UK.

Another added extra on the new C-Class is Mercedes' AIRMATIC air suspension system, which has been developed for smoother handling.

The styling, both on the interior and exterior, has been clearly influenced by the new A-Class and S-Class models.

Mercedes says that the new C-Class will offer more room in the back for passengers, as well as including fuel-saving stop-start technology as standard across the range.

Modest price rises are expected across the range due to technological advancements and a better range of basic components, although a final price list has yet to be announced.

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