23 October 2013

New C-Class to be unveiled in Detroit

Mercedes-Benz have unveiled some details of its fourth generation C-Class sedan, more than two months before it's due to make its world debut at the Detroit auto show, writes Trish Whelan.

They say it will be a significantly more advanced car than its predecessor in terms of build.

The car will have a new lightweight body structure with a newly developed aluminium hybrid construction process that the carmaker claims will shave as much as 100kg (220 pounds) over the current model depending on the engine it uses. A lighter weight is said to contribute to a 20 percent reduction in fuel consumption on certain models without any loss in power.

The new C-Class will be offered with an optional Airmatic air suspension in combination with selected engines. It also provides an automatic self-levelling feature that lowers the car at highway speeds for improved aerodynamics and added fuel economy. A new air conditioning system that relies on GPS data to detect tunnels, automatically closes the air recirculation flap to prevent fumes from entering the cabin.

The car will go on sale next year.