2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review

New Mercedes-Benz C-Series will be launched in spring 2011 and is a global modernization. Front and back of this best-selling model is the most eye-catching design. Now, high-color display equipment, elegant new bridge, a rough surface and a visible decorative trim highlights the premium character of the interior. The fuel consumption has improved as much as 31 percent. efficiency measures, including new engines, more PLUS 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission and the ECO start / stop is also a feature. Ten new driver assistance systems always a constant ATTENTION ASSIST drowsiness detection system optional DISTRONIC PLUS proximity control system is now also available on this series for the first time.

"What drives and systems for the protection of a new generation of Mercedes-Benz C-Series offers the same comfort and safety as our luxury models. High quality interior design features similar to some of the new CLS, Mercedes-Benz Class C, the new standard in the segment for the perceived value and quality, "says Dr. Joachim Schmidt, Director of Sales and Marketing Mercedes-Benz Cars. This renewal of the interior is complemented by a new generation of telematics, which includes not only a radically redesigned, but also makes Internet access available on board.


A total of more than 2,000 new components to distinguish the latest generation of Mercedes-Benz C-Class from its predecessor. The two cars and tourist season can be ordered from January 10, 2011. The European market launch will take place in March 2011. In addition to the standard appointments - which now include a leather steering wheel - the design and two lines of equipment AVANTGARDE and ELEGANCE is the basis for the identification program of the C-Class. Both lines are now even easier to distinguish from each other.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is the model of the bestselling series of Mercedes-Benz. The current series found more than one million customers worldwide since its launch in March 2007. Since the introduction of the first Mercedes-Benz C-Class in 1982 (then known as the Model 190), Mercedes-Benz has sold more than 8.5 million vehicles in total in this segment. In 2010, the Class C has repeatedly won first place in the registration statistics.

More power and lower fuel consumption: the engines

An increase of 31 percent was achieved in the fuel and all Mercedes-Benz C-Class launch will be the ECO start / stop feature as standard. All engine variants are classified as BlueEFFICIENCY units, showing that they are particularly efficient and environmentally friendly in their consumption of fuel. In the future, all automatic versions will have the latest Plus 7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic transmission. In addition, the overall proportion of all variants of the new engine has been optimized for better fuel economy.

All petrol engine model series have direct injection. The highlight is the introduction of the new V6 petrol engine in the process of BlueDIRECT innovative and highly effective in the BlueEFFICIENCY C 350. The quantum leap in efficiency is particularly well illustrated by the six-cylinders: The power has increased dramatically, the BlueEFFICIENCY C 350 provides 306 horsepower and 370 Nm (previously 292 hp and 365 Nm).

Gasoline engines with four cylinders that has made a huge leap forward development in 2009, and all have direct injection and turbocharger and Excel with high performance and exemplary economy.

The most economical model in the series Mercedes C-Class also became more frugal: C 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY with the gearbox six-speed manual and the standard ECO start / stop function. This equates to 117 grams of CO2 per kilometer. As part of the 7G-Tronic automatic improvement and MORE ECO start / stop function included in standard C 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY C 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY and double-digit premium service with a total diesel consumption of 58.8 mpg. This corresponds to CO2 emissions of 125 g / km.


Design: dynamic, decisive, confident

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class welcomes spring 2011 having undergone a complete metamorphosis. The front and back of the style of a million sales is more surprising, the front is closer to the new design language. The front bumper has a more expressive and dynamic contours, and supports the shell shape more clearly as the central front.

Central air intake opening V-shaped, forming a basic unit for the calendar view. pronounced secondary sections ranging from the sports center in the form of V. Continues in the spotlight, these sections are fused according to the lines along the flanks of the vehicle, which form a bond with the sides. The side air intakes in the bumper are set low, giving the car a more exceptional handling.

Both the sedan and the estate has been given a new aluminum hood. The outline of the area around the headlights and grille emphasizes the V-shape of the front than in the past.

a clear lens headlamps are modified to create a more dynamic and robust, and work with the grill hood, radiator and bumper give the Mercedes-Benz C-Class a facelift. This impression is reinforced as the decoration of domestic and foreign, in the form of the headlight housings. Projector to demonstrate the accuracy and modernity interact areas matte and gloss. Halogen lamps arranged in the traditional way in which the beam outside the main beam and indicators within the neatly arranged in an outer corner of the front fender formed.

If bi-xenon headlights with optional Intelligent Light System (ILS) are ordered, the impression of depth is enhanced by a series of lighting modules. A position light with a distinctive design in the form of C highlights the night. Behind them is a light curve extending outside the core module of the projector. A database of images on the bottom of the projector is made by a unit of the broadband LED indicator horizontal. The horizontal LED daytime running lights in the bumper also Mercedes-Benz C only from a distance.

In the case of the rear bumper, how to capture light and borders have been changed to emphasize the width of the car sedan and station further. This change is particularly evident in the lower side edges of light capture for the taillights. A continuous contour of light captured in the upper stretches of the rear bumper on the flanks of the tail of contact with the sides to emphasize the sporty rear.

The facelifted model, taillights more nicely integrated into the end of a lens with continuous coverage. The berries are now feature flat inside the light, the series recalls the previous model. The sense of depth is achieved by a particular indicator LEDs located that seems to float in front of the upper and lower red bands of light.


In all the frills and higher-end restyling

One of the key priorities of the restyling of the interior design and the dashboard was designed to create a sporty, high-quality appearance. At the same time, to cut the concept had also been improved. The touch controls are fine surface detail, and zinc. It entered the extension, the instrument panel now has a central display. Instrumentation and inconspicuous light on the boundary remains the passenger side. central air intake trapezoidal and circular nozzles in detail in the galvanized trim.

The bulk of the plate is an important part of the board of a new design. This ranges from the center of the airflow through the front passenger side air vent outside and creates a much broader look inside. The top of the dashboard with a new surface of the grain remains in the beltline of the door panels.

Control Panel, a new generation of communication and information unit of the keys to an increase in surface gloss. Matt composite keys, the shiny areas and a new wheel design fluted points higher perceived value of the interior. Along with the new telematics generation restyling Mercedes-Benz C-series also includes a completely new instrument panel with a flat screen. Towards the driver tube to three style, surrounded with the galvanized surface, transparent to show the athletic goals c-Class.

Premium emphasize the internal nature of the steering wheel of the new generation, which was introduced in the new CLS, and is now available in a sporty Avantgarde Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Central to the chrome spoke wheel style emphasizes the sporty atmosphere of the class C.

Interior: high quality and comfortable

Filled with a wealth of detail, high quality inside, all the memories of the new CLS, Mercedes-Benz C-Class sets new standards in its segment in terms of quality and comfort. The designers have paid attention dashboard restyling attention, including new features include grain surface, the integrated display, trim as a leading option, a high-resolution color screen in the dashboard. Nappa leather steering wheel is part of the standard equipment. The time spent in both sedan and station wagon is now more comfortable with the C-Class has tried and tested multi-dimensional concept, with its comforts and improving new appointments by air-conditioned seats and luxury automatic climate THERMOTRONIC which now allow residents to choose their own individual style with air conditioning.

Generous internal dimensions and strength

Mercedes-Benz C-Class is among the most spacious cars in its class. The front shoulder room and elbow width amounts for 1390 and 1440 mm respectively. In the rear. The sedan and wagon offerings Shoulder 1398 mm and a width of 1462 mm elbow

And Mercedes-Benz C-series offers plenty of space for luggage as well: sedan carrying capacity of 475 liters (according to the VDA measuring method). For the sedan, Mercedes-Benz offers a split-back, which can be quickly and easily folded forward in a ratio of 1:02. The headrests move forward together backs, and should not be removed first.

Variety is the name of the game where the property is concerned, its rear seat backs are split on third-2 / 3 and can be folded forwards. The trunk capacity can be increased to 485 liters or 690 when the vehicle is loaded to ceiling height up to 1500 liters (when the rear seat folded down towards the back and the vehicle is loaded to roof height). And there is another peak of note: The maximum usable interior length - tailgate for the front passenger - is 2.82 meters.

Through a series of practical details, the Mercedes estate can be loaded with ease, comfort and safety. For example, two sacks and four hooks for anchoring loads are included loops in the load compartment as standard. Stowage compartments with net covers and folding box shopping center are also part of the standard specification, and combined luggage cover and net. EASY-PACK tailgate opens and closes by pressing a button. Finally, the optional EASY-PACK load-mounting kit provides drivers with more opportunities to protect loads.


Comfort on long trips as standard: front seats

The seats, Mercedes-Benz C-Class offers a valuable contribution to the comfort on long trips. Optional air-conditioned places are now available for the driver and front passenger. They provide an excellent seat comfort thanks to the warmth of the small electric fans lining the seat cushion and backrest, which pulls in air to push through the perforated surface of the seat cover. As the ventilation this feature is also air-conditioned seat.

The height and seat back angle can be adjusted electrically. further facilitate the operation is available as optional all-electric adjustment for driver seat and front passenger. In collaboration with the memory package of three settings can be stored.

multicontour seat (optional) has adjustable air chambers in the filling separately. Allow residents to convert the shape of the seat, precisely according to their anatomy or their preferences. Thanks to all inflatable tubes under the upholstery fabric that allows the contour of the side air bags to be settled individually. Another attribute is the function of adjusting the length of the inflatable seat cushion. At the touch of a button the length of the seat cushion can be extended, allowing the occupants to relax the legs and ensure proper blood circulation.

Comfortable and safe: the back benches

The back seat is the one-piece construction. Three headrests and seatbelts three reel to ensure the safety of the occupants. The outer rear seats also have belt tensioners and force limiters, and height and angle adjustable headrest. ISOFIX attachment system for child seats standard, is included as part of standard specification.

For even more convenience now THERMOTRONIC ways climate change

As part of the standard, all models Mercedes-Benz C-Class includes two-zone automatic climate THERMATIC. Still more can be found in a complimentary air-conditioned luxury automatic climate luxury option, which allows individual temperature settings for three zones - driver, front passenger and rear passengers. What is known THERMOTRONIC climate space for a new feature of Class C car occupants can choose a "FROM", "medium" or "Focus" settings button, and then adjust the air volume and distribution of 'air as they please, without leaving an automatic hand.

In "diffuse" mode, for example, the system operates at low speed air THERMOTRONIC and distributes the air over a large area so that less air flows. In "Focus" mode, for its part, the air vents in the central area of ​​the dashboard are used for the most part, address the need for a live broadcast of a large amount of air.

operational convenience, better connectivity: a new generation telematics

New Mercedes-Benz C-Class also the debut of the new telematics generation, which is also gradually introducing a range of others. significant new features include greater convenience, larger screens, the phone book, display messages, copy music, USB and Bluetooth wireless connectivity is now in the center armrest.

COMAND multimedia online now offers Internet access for the first time (by phone customer data). When the car is stationary, customers are able to navigate freely or browse a service of Mercedes-Benz line, where the pages load very quickly, and it is also easy to use while traveling. Integrated services include weather information and a specific destination search through Google, and the ability to choose a route that was previously configured on a PC using Google Maps and sent to the car. The navigation system Comand line has also added features.

Also new: the routes can be recorded and repeated later, some personnel may be imported for specific purposes through an SD card and four alternative routes can be displayed on the navigation map, one of them a particularly economical variant.

For the first time in the Mercedes-Benz C, Becker ® ​​MAP pilot makes a navigation function at low cost, which can also be equipped, available for CD radio audio input 20. Its advantages over alternative solutions include integrated operations by the audio controls and the central screen 20, a place hidden in the glove box and updated through an Internet portal.

Chassis and suspension: high maneuverability and comfort

The AGILITY CONTROL suspension, which is standard equipment in the room C-Class Estate, harmonizes perfectly with the dynamic design. It is based on a system of amplitude dependent damping: when driving normally with low shock revival of the damping forces are automatically reduced to a noticeable improvement in ride comfort - but without any compromise in the management security. When stimuli are larger shock, for example when cornering at high speeds or take evasive action, the maximum damping forces are set and the car is effectively stabilized.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class AGILITY CONTROL suspension complemented by a steering rack and pinion. Instead of driving 80-inch center of the front wheel makes for a predictable direction, even with a slight tendency to understeer. Speed ​​sensitive steering wheel support with variable direction and optional variable steering ratio.

the precise location of wheels: front axle with McPherson struts

In the front of a construction of three interchanges with MacPherson struts are used. The lower arm consists of two distinct elements that act as spacers and a couple that are forged aluminum. In addition to accurate positioning of the wheels, this construction has the particular advantage to offset the vibrations caused by unbalanced tires or braking forces ranging rigid triangles.

The third component in the three-link system is the tie that connects the steering gear mounted transversely, with the wheels. The stabilizer is associated with increased leg strength, which is also active in the location of the front wheel.

The legs are composed of cylindrical shape, the lateral displacement force coil springs, twin-tube shock absorbers and newly developed with the head in three phases. If the roll serious happens, the stabilizer with the support of bounce buffer is to ensure agile handling with a high level of comfort.

compression and relaxation: Multi-link independent suspension

The launch of series production of the Mercedes-Benz 190 in 1983 also marked the start of the race multi-link independent suspension. In many ways it is a feature that remains unmatched to this day, which explains why this principle patented shaft - naturally modified form - is also used in the C-Class. independent multilink suspension with the wheel is resiliently mounted for five links that are independent of each other and limit the possibilities of movement in five directions:

* The lower transverse control arms to the suspension springs and dampers

* The transverse control arms to adjust the camber on the stroke of the spring

* Bobs take the drive torque and braking forces and to pay the dive and squat during acceleration and deceleration

* The diagonals are arranged differently torque struts, and also help prevent squat and dive during braking and acceleration

* The links limit changes in wheel clamping at least desirable

Since this intelligent construction of the control group, which is the rear tire, in principle, to maintain freedom of movement to one level: that is, compression and rebound adjustable.

Even more agile handling and dynamic sports suspension as an option

In addition to the standard specifications AGILITY CONTROL suspension, the C-Class offers two options for adjusting the suspension characteristics according to the drivers' personal preferences. An optional sport suspension may choose - is shorter springs, adjustable torsion bar tighter and stronger.

Handling package is available as an alternative. It gives the driver two shift programs to choose from: Sport and Comfort. These transfer programs for the dampers are electrically adjustable base. Sensors to monitor every driving situation and sends the data to an electronic device. Depending on the conditions of the existing road, or damping of the operating system adapts to each wheel forces - infinity control and fully automatic.

New style alloy wheels AVANTGARDE and ELEGANCE

The sedan and wagon both sport and seven-spoke alloy as part of its standard specifications, while the front lines and stylish shoes with new style double spoke wheels. Individuality is courtesy of the wide range of alloy wheels with a dozen different models in 16, 17 and 18 formats. Instead of setting the standard 7.5 J x 17 wheels, the AVANTGARDE model can also be ordered with a 7 J x 16 wheels - that is an alternative for customers who want to use the potential of offering a consumer rolls over smaller and narrower, and tire combination.

Electronic aids, support systems for new Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Help adaptive beam. When the vehicle is detected in time or approaching the vehicle, the system automatically dips the beams and adjust the lighting of lamps at the right distance. This means that the main beam can be used more often.

Lane Keeping Assist active. The system kicks in to do in case of Mercedes-Benz inadvertently enter more than one line to the right or left. In this case, the warning is the instrument panel and steering wheel vibration allows the driver a warning. If the driver ignores the warning in the event of the fixed telephone network, Active Lane Keeping Assist, ESP ® can slow down the opposite wheels and thereby prevent a vehicle crossing a solid line. Lane Keeping Assist, which warns but does not intervene actively in option is available at discount prices.

Active Blind Spot Assist. It warns the driver when changing lanes if there is risk of collision is detected by the other vehicle on the road being overlooked in the blind spot side mirror. If the driver ignores the warning and spear, however, the lane change maneuver, the blind spot active help intervene. By applying brake force to the wheels on the opposite side of the vehicle, a detour is created which opposes the collision. The Blind Spot Active support has recently received the "Yellow Angel" prize for innovation for the first time by a jury of experts from the ADAC, the German automobile association and the largest of its kind in the world. The practical alternative is the Blind Spot Assist, which warns the driver, but not actively involved.

The attention of drivers ASSISTwarns when it detects that they are too tired. Studies have shown that about one quarter of all serious motorway accidents are caused by drowsy drivers, making this factor causes more accidents than drunk driving. With Attention Assist (standard on Elegance and Avantgarde), Mercedes-Benz is another important contribution to help avoid accidents: it uses high-resolution sensors to monitor driver behavior and can recognize if a driver is tired or not paying attention, mainly based on the movements of the steering wheel.


Brake Assist PLUS system is able to recognize an impending collision by the rear radar sensors. It calculates the required degree of BAS and make them immediately available when the driver depresses the brake pedal.

DISTRONIC PLUS proximity control radar-based supported by the driver at a speed of zero to 200 km / h by adjusting the distance from the front of the vehicle. So is able to apply the brakes to allow the vehicle to a complete stop, and also to the speed again. Therefore, the system is particularly convenient for a stop-and-go traffic. If the system detects that the distance is reduced too fast, warns the driver as well as audible and visual signals. The control system is further enhanced with the addition of information on digital maps.

Attending the speed limit: the camera is installed behind the windscreen to identify the speed limit signs on the road, and compare this information to the data from the GPS system. The speed limit in question is then displayed dashboard.

Including parking control PARKTRONIC: ultrasonic sensors to measure the length of the parking spaces on the car ride over, the display of the cockpit provides a schematic presentation of the recommended parking maneuver. Ultrasonic sensors is to support the driver while parking.

PRE-SAFE ® Brake: Autonomous braking, if a serious risk of an accident is detected. First, the driver is informed both acoustic and optical when the system senses that the danger of collision. If the driver does not react to this, the brake system of the vehicle independently. This is done in two phases: approximately 1.6 seconds before the calculated point of impact, the system slows the car by about 40 percent (about four m / s ²), maximum braking power, gives the driver more , the feedback system a warning of impending impact and as a precautionary measure to enable reversible PRE-SAFE ® occupant protection systems. If the driver still does not respond, PRE-SAFE ® brake for maximum stopping power of about 0.6 seconds before the crash inevitable - it is an emergency can significantly reduce the impact. The system then functions as an "electronic deformation zone, which offers passengers the car even better protection. PRE-SAFE ® Brake works in 30 and 200 kmh speed moving vehicles are detected in front of the car. The system will also react if the 'car is approaching the stationary queue of traffic, which offers its speed is less than 70 km / h.


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