After years of rigid and squarish designs on its entry level sedan car, Mercedes Benz is due to unveil it’s new C-Class soon, with reports indicating possible launch dates as early as mid to end November 2013.
The new C looks impressively enough to step up to it’s rivals – namely the BMW 3 Series and the Audi A4 sedans. On many different hands, the C looks to have adopted much higher end technology and ergonomics, including a supposedly longer wheelbase and an overall lighter aluminium body frame.
Details are of course sketchy at this point in time, but consumers and fans can look forward to new technology including an enhanced Adaptive Air Suspension, supposedly allowing drivers to choose between four different driving modes, and also a start/stop technology for economical fuel consumption.
The interior of the C has also taken on a new look, with an adaptation of the interior wrapping from the S-Class, embedded with high quality wood trim and also ambient lighting system (which currently is only available on the E and above if I’m not wrong).
COMAND, as usual, comes as an optional upgrade, featuring an 8-inch screen with high resolution graphics and navigation. For those who prefer to do without the larger screen, the C comes standard with a 7-inch LCD screen, which I presume would be good and big enough for you to select your radio stations and adjust your vehicle settings.
An additional new feature that the C would offer is the inclusion of a mouse pad tracking device, which allows you to gain better control of your COMAND screen by using smart phone techniques like swiping or pinching the track pad.
Engines wise, you can expect an entire overhaul of the current C Class, and it’s said that a wide range of engine variants would be available for consumers, with the entry level pegged at the 1.6 litre 130 bhp capacity. Higher end users can choose to go for a possible V6 variant featuring close to 330 horses, while diesel lovers may have the option of a 2.2 litre inline-4 diesel. There are also rumours of a C-hybrid in the making scheduled for 2015, but details are still much uncovered.
All in all, the new C looks sufficiently impressive and equipped to take on it’s competitors from the other continental brands, and I dare say that given the correct marketing and pricing, this beauty will strike chords in every consumer’s hearts. Can’t wait for it to be here in showrooms.
Now, the only problem is COE…
*All photographs courtesy of the Internet