With the new Estate model Mercedes-Benz will expand the C‑Class family starting in September 2014. The new C-Class estate is being presented to the public for the first time today at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen.
Through this presentation the company is affirming its commitment to its automotive manufacturing operations in Germany. In addition to the C-Class sedan, the new generation of the estate will also roll off the assembly line at the production plant in Bremen.
The new C-Class Estate combines a striking, dynamic design and high-class appointments with outstanding variability and a high level of utility. It continues the tradition of the C-Class Estates, which all in their own time combined demands on lifestyle, sportiness and practicality in an estate car, in the fourth generation on a new level.
The dimensions of new C-Class Estate have grown considerably. With an 80 mm increase in the wheelbase (2840 mm) compared with the previous model, the vehicle is 96 mm longer (4702 mm) and 40 mm wider (1810 mm). The resulting increase in space primarily benefits the rear-seat passengers who now enjoy 45 mm more legroom. There is also more shoulder room, elbow room and headroom than in the previous model. the new C-Class Estate provides a maximum load capacity of 1510 litres (according to ISO 3832). It thus surpasses its predecessor by ten litres.
As for the engines, the diesel models of the new C-Class are powered by the further advanced four-cylinder or the new small four-cylinder engine, which as BlueTEC models are all equipped with SCR technology (selective catalytic reduction). They cover an output range from 85 kW (115 hp) to 150 kW (204 hp).
Also, Mercedes-Benz offers a diesel engine combined with a hybrid module. The C 300 BlueTEC HYBRID with four-cylinder diesel engine and compact electric motor generates a power output of 150 + 20 kW (204 + 27 hp) and despite its high power output runs on just 3.8 litres of diesel per 100 km/h in NEDC combined mode (equivalent to 99 grams of CO2 per kilometre).
Three BlueDIRECT four-cylinder petrol engines and one BlueDIRECT six‑cylinder petrol engine with power outputs ranging from 115 to 245 kW (156 to 333 hp) will initially be available for the new C-Class. The four-cylinder C 350 HYBRID with plug-in technology and a power output of 155 + 50 kW will follow in due course.
”The new C-Class Estate is not only extremely practical thanks to its large, variable load compartment. With its state-of-the-art technical features it also strikes out in new directions in its segment with regard to safety, efficiency and comfort. And both men and women drivers enjoy noticeably more driving pleasure”, said Prof Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.
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