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New Mercedes-Benz C-Class shapelier, nimbler, lighter than previous model.

New Mercedes-Benz C-Class shapelier, nimbler, lighter than previous model.

THE all-new Mercedes-Benz C-Class has arrived in the Philippines as the brand’s local distributor, Auto Nation Group., last week unveiled the car.

Introduced was the C200 AMG, with other variants packing different engines and design lines set to follow. ANG said three different design and equipment lines for the exterior and interior will each offer unique features that come on top of standard equipment and appointments. Besides the C200 AMG, also scheduled to land in Mercedes-Benz’s local showrooms are the C200 Avantgarde, which proposes the C-Class as a sporty sedan, and the C200 Exclusive, which emphasizes luxury.

The C200 AMG is the sportiest in the latest C-Class’s group.

With the new C-Class, Mercedes-Benz said it is “defining new benchmarks in the premium medium-size category,” with the car flaunting a “sensuous, clear design, a sporty interior with premium appeal and a generous sense of space.” The carmaker noted the model also has the lightest body shell in its segment, and that it receives “economical and lively engines, extensive safety features, a new agile and comfortable suspension, as well as a host of other innovations.”

The new C-Class now weighs up to 100 kilograms lighter but its wheelbase grew 80 millimeters (2840 millimetres). The car is also 95 millimeters longer (4686 millimetres) and 40 millimetres wider, resulting in a roomier interior. Credit to the reduced weight largely goes to aluminium pieces, which account for almost half of the car’s components.

Powering the latest C-Class are Mercedes-Benz’s BlueDirect, four-cylinder gasoline engines whose direct injection system is derived from the brand’s V6 and V8 mills. Their outputs range from 156hp to 245hp. Paired to these is Mercedes-Benz’s 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission, which has been tweaked for environment-friendliness and driving pleasure.



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