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Mercedes-Benz C 200 K W20


Safety, comfort, these are the outstanding attributes of the new The Saloon excels with a product concept which the expectations of various customer groups. With the AVANTGARDE, and CLASSIC lines, Mercedes-Benz three individual models emphasis is on either comfort or All model variants share the state-of-the-art technology. This the newly developed AGILITY package with situation-responsive absorber control, the Intelligent System with five lighting functions and the PRE-SAFE® occupant protection system. is a choice of four and six-cylinder with up to 13 percent more than the preceding model, by up an to six percent lower fuel

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With a of 4581 millimetres, the Saloon is 55 longer than its predecessor. The width has increased by 42 mm to 1770 and the wheelbase by 45 mm to 2760 millimetres. dimensions create the conditions for a sized interior, and therefore comfort. The front shoulder has increased by 40 millimetres, for example.

The of the new C-Class is based on the modern idiom, which reflects the superiority of automobiles bearing the with taut lines and tranquil surfaces. The pronounced of the front end serves to emphasise such as agility and performance. For the time in a Mercedes salon, the grille is used as a distinguishing to position the model variants clearly. Three extended, louvres and a big centrally positioned star characterise the AVANTGARDE as a traditional design feature of Mercedes models. Together the sporty, high-quality appointments, feature emphasises the youthful, appearance of this C-Class. sporty presence can be enhanced further with the AMG sports which includes striking and rear aprons plus skirts.

In the ELEGANCE model employs a three-dimensional, louvred grille with a high-gloss finish to accentuate other attributes such as comfort and The CLASSIC model in the new C-Class is more restrained and traditional, but the same technical innovations as the two model variants.

This concept enables Mercedes to accentuate individual choices, and the C-Class to suit their taste and lifestyle even emphatically than before. All the offer the same, extraordinary experience that the Saloon by virtue of further technical Both by its outstanding long-distance and its dynamic handling, the C-Class new standards in this market

Shock absorbers automatically to the driving situation

AGILITY this is the term used by for all new and further developments that both comfort and agility in measure. This standard includes the AGILITY CONTROL which controls the shock forces according to the driving when driving normally low shock absorber impulses, the forces are automatically reduced for a improvement in ride comfort but any compromise in handling safety. driving more dynamically, the damping forces are set and the car is effectively The AGILITY CONTROL steering of the new has a ratio of 14.5, and is therefore six more direct than the of the preceding model. The likewise AGILITY CONTROL gearshift the sporty character of the C-Class a short travel and precise

Mercedes-Benz has also developed the AGILITY package with a driving mode, which become optionally available autumn 2007. This the driver a choice of two gearshift Sport and Comfort. Within programmes the shock absorber for wheel has infinitely variable control. A newly developed steering with a more ratio, variable centring and of the accelerator characteristics and automatic shift points is also in the package.

ADAPTIVE BRAKE is new development in the area of running technology. This is based on the of the S-Class and provides additional functions for even more and comfort. Examples include Assist for uphill gradients, the braking system in critical and light contact to dry the brake in wet conditions.

Output of the supercharged engines increased by up to 13 percent

a remarkable boost in output by up to 13 and an increase of around 18 percent in the engines also do more their bit to create the lively of the new C-Class. The four and six-cylinder not only excel with responsiveness, but also contribute to the ride comfort of the Saloon their improved smoothness.

has paid particular attention to development of the four-cylinder engines. In the range, the output of the entry-level C 180 has increased from the previous 105 hp to 115 kW/156 hp, with maximum improved by 4.5 percent from 220 to 230 metres, while the C 200 KOMPRESSOR 15 kW/20 hp more than It has an output of 135 kW/184 hp and generates its torque of 250 newton metres 2800 rpm. These engines considerably improve the and fuel consumption of the four-cylinder When accelerating from to 100 km/h, the C 200 KOMPRESSOR is 0.5 seconds than its predecessor. Improvements in consumption are equally impressive: the C 180 consumes 0.3 litres per 100 kilometres than before, while the fuel consumption of the C 200 KOMPRESSOR has reduced by 0.5 litres per 100 kilometres.

consumption of the four-cylinder CDI engines by 0.3 litres

Further development of the units was also the main for the diesel engines. The engineers in have made further to the engine, turbocharger and common-rail injection, modifying more 90 components. As a result of these the new C 200 CDI has eleven percent more than the preceding model, 100 kW/136 hp versus the previous 90 hp. The C 220 CDI develops a peak output of 125 hp (previously 110 kW/150 hp), and a torque of 400 newton metres 2000 rpm — around 18 more than before. consumption has been reduced by up to 0.3 per 100 kilometres: in the New European Driving (NEDC), the C 200 CDI and C 220 CDI are able to travel 100 on just 6.1 litres of fuel.

The V6-engines in the C-Class range unchanged, with a choice of petrol units developing 150 hp, 170 kW/231 hp and 200 kW/272 hp. The six-cylinder of the new C 320 CDI has an of 165 kW/224 hp. With the exception of the C all models in the new C-Class are equipped a six-speed transmission featuring CONTROL gearshift as standard. The C 350 has 7G-TRONIC, the world’s only automatic transmission, as standard This is also available for the six-cylinder C-Class models on

The latest Mercedes inventions maximum safety

During the of its development, the new C-Class successfully more than 100 crash including the particularly demanding, impact tests of which go well beyond the legal Passing these is a precondition for the accolade in automobile safety: the star. Occupant protection is on an intelligently designed bodyshell, 70 of which consists of high-strength and high-strength steel. Compared to the series, Mercedes-Benz has enlarged the zones even further and energy flows. The front-end of the new C-Class has four independently impact levels, which forces to be distributed over a area while bypassing the cell.

The safety technology in the has been complemented with the latest protection systems. airbags are included as standard two adaptive airbags for the driver and passenger, a kneebag for the driver, two in the front seat backrests and two windowbags which extend the A to the C-pillar during a side The driver, front passenger and the on the outer rear seats benefit from belt and belt force limiters as The standard head restraints on the NECK PRO principle: during a collision the padded surfaces are forward within milliseconds to the heads of the driver and front at an early stage. This reduces the risk of a whiplash

Mercedes-Benz has developed flashing lights as a major help in rear-end collisions, and these are standard equipment in the new C-Class. If the needs to brake hard at in excess of 50 km/h, the brake flash rapidly to warn following behind.

PRE-SAFE® is special feature of the new Mercedes This preventive occupant system (optional) is linked to safety systems such as and Brake Assist, and is able to critical driving manoeuvres at a early stage. If the C-Class is in of crashing as a result of heavy or oversteering, or if the driver needs to very heavily in a dangerous PRE-SAFE® activates certain as a precaution to prepare the vehicle and its for an impending accident. Accordingly the safety phase does not when the impact has already but before an impending collision.

The Light System developed by is also available in this class for the first time. bi-xenon headlamps provide different lighting functions to typical driving and weather country mode, motorway enhanced foglamps, the Active System and cornering lights. Yet important contribution by Mercedes-Benz to driving in poor visibility.

design cast from a mould

When developing the Mercedes designers took lead from the sporty and included clearly laid-out instruments such as may be found in or coupés. Silver-coloured bezels, dial faces, white and glowing orange needles combine form with for a high value impression and legibility.

Equally clearly out and well-arranged, the two-tone dashboard and console of the new C-Class form a unit in line with the cast from a single principle. The same applies to the of the colour display at the upper of the dashboard. This is perfectly within the driver’s line of but can also be covered or folded as required, without switching off the navigation system or other linked to the display. If the pivoting of the display aperture is closed, the units continue to operate.

New concept for clarity and comfort

The colour display is part of the new and display concept which the new has adopted from the luxury-class models. Its major advantage is access to frequently used which means that the does not need to relearn, is to maintain familiar habits and at home immediately. All the control and elements necessary and important a journey are located in the cockpit, in immediate proximity to the driver.

In the way, linking the standard steering wheel with the cluster is an important precondition for access to a wide range of and functions in the driver’s direct of vision. Other functions as infotainment are shown by the display at the of the dashboard. The driver and front are able to control the radio, system or telephone by using a on the centre console, or access the menus using direct keys.

COMAND provides operation, a music server and DVD

The multimedia system COMAND APS even more functions before in the new C-Class. One new feature is a navigation system whose are stored on a hard disc (30 The high-resolution maps are shown on a display (7-inch) which away and disappears beneath a at the touch of a button. Other of COMAND APS include a music with a four-gigabyte memory, a for video and audio, and the LINGUATRONIC control system, which has likewise improved further: the no longer needs to spell out the of countries, towns or roads, but is to speak them as whole The voice control system is as convenient when selecting stations or entries in the telephone

The C-Class is the bestseller in the Mercedes


Some call it at first sight, others to magic moments: the first a handshake, an image that unforgettable. Brief yet lasting or experiences.

Moments like are never forgotten — and have a defining influence. arouse emotions that remain alive for a long empathy, fascination, desire.

A encounter with the new C-Class is such a fateful moment. It you stop in surprise and come Curiosity gives way to admiration, turns into enthusiasm. are stored in the mind: the striking end, which exudes with its wide, steeply radiator grille. The side whose harmonious interplay surfaces and lines reflects and assurance. And finally the short, rear end with its unmistakably lines.

In other words the immediately captures the attention, but is not all: as is the case with Mercedes -Benz model, the appeal of the new C-Class is not only on visual signals on first but above all on the long-term effect. at second, third or fourth the design remains both and exciting, constantly exhibiting a new which keeps the emotions

It is in this way that love at sight becomes an intensive and relationship. Welcome to design à la Mercedes-Benz.

A hallmark a long tradition: SL radiator for the AVANTGARDE line

Effortless sportiness and style: the typical of the new C-Class are reflected in the design. The end plays a major part in specifically with its pronounced shape, which expresses energy, agility and performance, and the grille which is flush-fitted the bonnet and bumper, almost filling the space between the Accordingly this styling achieves an unmistakable dominance, its width and steeply angled lend a muscular, self-assured to the Saloon.

There is more: as an feature and characteristic, the radiator has a very special significance in the new This is because for the first in a Saloon, Mercedes-Benz has used the grille to position specific even more clearly:

superiority and style go hand in in the CLASSIC and ELEGANCE lines. In the model, for example, a three-dimensionally radiator grille reflects such as solidity and comfort but a touch of luxury.

The AVANTGARDE has a visually even more radiator grille. This immediate attention with a centrally positioned Mercedes supported by three horizontally high-gloss trim sections with chrome. These are design features of sporty models, and are no less elegant and for that.

In this way Mercedes-Benz has true to its aim of retaining traditional from the stylistic gene-pool of the reinterpreting them and using strong symbolism to create a up-to-date presence. The radiator with its large, centrally Mercedes star has a more 50 year-old tradition. At the time it was directly from the racetrack, and was for the first series production car from Mercedes-Benz in 1954: the 300 SL Gullwing. The new C-Class has incorporated styling feature into the line, given it a modern and thereby stated emphatically where it derives its genes.

with finesse: front end from a single mould

The presence of the Saloon is accentuated by the integrated front bumper its discreet spoiler lips, the positioned well to the outside and the air intake. Here too, the lines have individual in the CLASSIC and ELEGANCE lines the air intake is given substance by black louvres, while the line is distinguished by a black-painted, car-like perforated mesh. As eyecatchers, the ELEGANCE and AVANTGARDE feature chrome surrounds on the and in the lower section of the bumper

Like the radiator grille, the of the new C-Class convey a message is in line with the outstanding of this new series, namely The projector-beam headlamps are shrouded in translucent cylinders reminiscent of camera lenses, which the high-tech character of the Saloon. The lenses afford a view of the technology within, and accentuate the effect of the headlamps in strong If the C-Class is equipped with headlamps, the translucent areas of the are even larger than halogen headlamps and characterise the of the Saloon even in the dark.

Just as elegantly, the flat, headlamp covers with fine chrome strips the contour of the bonnet to the front, up to the edges of the lenses. This finesse and painstaking attention to results in a harmonious blend of and function.

Effortless superiority with style: interplay taut lines and calm

In 2005 Mercedes-Benz introduced a new idiom which struck a with traditional design while perfectly reflecting the superiority of cars bearing the star. The focus was on clarity of the designers were guided by the of purism, which were in keeping with the times. means concentrating on what is i.e. surfaces and lines, and with all superfluous embellishments or detours.

Less is more: the between tautly drawn and large, tranquil surfaces is to convey the message of effortless and serenity. The new C-Class is a further of this design idiom.

new Mercedes style is obvious the Saloon is viewed from the Here the design is characterised by two basic elements, namely elegantly contoured surfaces and lines which lend a to these areas. Mercedes needed no more than to lend a formal structure to the aspect and create a symbolic The shoulderline following the waistline is an visual reference point suggests power and solidity. It a wide, muscular shoulder the side windows, pillars and forming a continuous line the front to the rear end and elegantly the body while suggesting power.

At the front this shoulder supports the slim the starting point of the third line in Mercedes passenger the roofline. This describes a yet powerful arc over the bodyshell and the line of the C-pillar, then dips down with to join the rear end. A chrome strip along the limits of the side window accentuates this arching

The so-called character line the shoulderline is even more This emerges organically the front wheel arch and towards the rear, thereby dynamism, forward energy and At the same time this Mercedes styling feature a boundary between the convex and door surfaces between and shadow.

Door handles in the vehicle colour blend the side aspect, ensuring the eye is drawn to the more important features.

For all the elegance created by surfaces and lines, the sporty of the new C-Class are by no means neglected This is ensured by the new body with 55 millimetres more than the preceding model, as as the wider track, large arches and prominent wings, intentionally appear more to the body contours and therefore over the wheels like the muscles of a high-performance athlete. The arches are filled by 17-inch standard equipment for the AVANTGARDE and the AMG sports package (see 86) to emphasise the powerful and athletic impression even further.

end with a width effect and blended lines

The styling of the side aspect harmoniously into the rear end when the and C-pillar come together and a flowing line to the rear. the waistline the character line into the horizontal contour of the lid, elegantly combining the and rear end design. The purpose of lines is to shorten the rear in visual terms, creating a sporty rear end.

As at the the rear aspect of the new C-Class is to emphasise the width of the body to it formal expression. The striking lip on the boot lid, which harmoniously into the wings and the line, the boot handle in the ELEGANCE and AVANTGARDE lines) and the integrated bumper lining are the important features emphasising the of width. The eye is also drawn to the light clusters as islands in calm surface, pausing before moving on to follow the interplay of the body lines.

The and equipment lines in the new C-Class are not distinctive in terms of design as Mercedes -Benz also exclusive paint finishes for the and AVANTGARDE lines. The following finishes are available on request in to the standard, non-metallic calcite fire opal and black:


cubanite silver


sanidine beige


carmine red


tenorite grey


Interior with flair: and technology in harmony

After love at first sight, one of the tasks of interior designers is to a lasting relationship and maintain the affair over many Mercedes designers see the interior of a car as a living space where sometimes spend a great of their time. This a stimulating yet homely atmosphere important. Once again the new shows how this aim can be achieved retaining all the functional aspects.

The of effortless superiority, sportiness and reflected in the exterior design guided the hands of the interior When developing the cockpit, designers took their from the sporty sector and clearly laid-out dial such as may be found in roadsters or Silver-coloured bezels, black faces, white markings and orange needles perfectly form with function for a value impression and easy In the AVANTGARDE line, a metallic-look accentuates the special character of model variant.

Equally laid out and well-arranged, the two-tone and centre console of the new C-Class a harmonious unit in line the design cast from a mould principle. The same to the integration of the colour display at the centre of the dashboard. This is positioned within the driver’s of vision, but can also be covered or away as required, without off the radio, navigation system or units linked to the display. enables the driver to focus on is important at all times, deciding for how much information he wishes to off an advantage which makes particularly felt when at night.

The centre colour is part of the new control and display which the new C-Class has adopted the luxury-class Mercedes models page 67). Thanks to its control unit, the so-called this allows numerous and keys to be dispensed with would normally be required to and operate the many functions of the units. Intelligent ergonomics that the driver has everything his line of vision and easily

The specialist term for this of automobile design is User Design. This refers to the layout and design of displays, and controls in the dashboard, enabling the to understand their use intuitively harmoniously integrating them the overall design concept, combining ergonomics with appeal.

Direct control in the centre console mean the driver still has direct to important functions. At the touch of a the radio, telephone or navigation are switched on and the relevant user appears in the display. The volume station search function and keypad can also be accessed The controller is available for all other functions, which can be rotated, or tilted by the driver or front to access the menus. The presentation of the information was also a task for the the font, graphics and layout a uniform picture, are logically and meet the Mercedes requirement for intuitive and self-explanatory operation. the operating procedure a gratifying in itself.

Design with a feel-good door linings as a design and context

The door linings the horizontal, two-part division of the and form a framework for an interior in the occupants feel even safe and secure. Depending on the this feel-good effect is by the two-tone colour scheme of the with the darker contrasting continued from the upper of the dashboard to the door linings as a extending right into the A slim chrome strip the waistline from the control and decorative surfaces in the door panels. Here too design and are in harmony, as the door openers and the for the electric seat adjustments with their high-quality form a unit which is to both the eye and the touch.


development means reconciling aims, and this is especially where bodyshell engineering is In addition to high operating and a long service life, the aim is to a large number of sometimes requirements at the same time. On the one the bodyshell must form a backbone for the running gear, precise handling and prevent vibrations, and on the other it should be in weight and streamlined in the interests of a fuel consumption. It must satisfy the most stringent test standards, comply the regulations pertaining to pedestrian and be easy to repair.

The bodyshell of the new is the perfect all-rounder in these It uncompromisingly meets all these demonstrating the enormous experience of engineers in the field of body Intelligent concepts and well-conceived have been used to conflicting aims and reconcile contradictory ideals.

Lightweight is a good example: despite increases in safety, spaciousness and the bodyshell of the new C-Class weighs kilograms less than of the preceding model. These are based on the careful selection of on the well-tried Mercedes principle of the material in the right place. has been given to high-strength alloys, as these provide strength for minimum weight and the greatest possible safety. 70 percent of all the steel panels in the of the new C-Class are made from steel alloys a percentage in passenger car development.

A special should be given to the latest, high-strength steels which only been developed in years. These achieve an high tensile strength exceeds that of conventional by a factor of three or four, makes them indispensable it comes to meeting the stringent requirements with respect to and safety. The proportion of these high-strength alloys in the bodyshell of the new is around 20 percent.

Aluminium and are the two other lightweight materials by Mercedes-Benz where they the most advantages. Aluminium in the new C-Class include.

the front

the front-end module member and boxes

the parcel shelf in the rear

the door modules.

The wheel recess is of plastic.

In to these high-tech steel the use of high-strength structural adhesives a major contribution to the strength of the The adhesive creates a firm between the steel flanges, increasing the load resistance and of forces in safety-related areas. In way adhesives supplement conventional such as spot/laser welding. The length of high-strength bonded in the bodyshell of the new C-Class is around 60

Low-stress joining techniques and the spot or laser welding make additional soldered and MAG-welding seams between the panels almost completely a major contribution to the durability of the Modern joining techniques guarantee a high level of precision. The flanges at the edges of the components are designed in such a way any tolerances are already compensated the panels are brought together, them to be welded together low stresses.

For the first time has used the new RobScan joining which is based on the latest welding technology. This a high working speed to be with narrow welding for an even better crash This process is used in the side wall and rear-end with a total of around 640 seams.

Body structure: basis for safety and comfort

intelligently designed bodyshell the major conditions for the high of ride comfort that the new C-Class from other in this market segment. resistance an important indicator for the characteristics of the bodyshell has improved by 13 percent compared to the preceding The engineers in Sindelfingen also particular attention to the connecting between the running gear and the which are required to withstand high forces. These specifically reinforced as necessary, to that road-induced vibrations are not to the body at the expense of driving

These robust structures are not provided in the interests of safety as For example, the rigidly bolted member on which the engine, front axle and transmission are acts as part of the front zone in the new C-Class; for this it has been extended forward, an additional impact plane at the level: during a severe crash this high-strength component is able to deform, energy and conduct forces into the floor structure via tubular members (see 51).

The structure and integration of the end is also new. This consists of a strong aluminium and two single-piece aluminium crash inserted and bolted into the members. The other components of the end are also bolted together, means they can be replaced at cost after an accident.

new, four-part concept for impact protection

The firewall is a construction. This enables engineers to vary the material according to vulnerability in an accident, making a further contribution to reduction. As the load acting on the during a frontal crash is in the lower section, the sheet used here is up to 56 percent than at the top.

On the left and in front of the firewall, there are two housing the starter battery and the central electrics (left) other units. These are separated from the engine by a partition wall of sheet and aluminium. A special melamine foam application on the inside of the ensures effective noise and insulation.

Passenger cell: structure with continuous members

During a frontal, or lateral collision, or during a the passenger cell remains a undeformable structure which an intact survival space at high impact speeds. high-strength steels and panels of thickness play an important in this, as does the inclusion of structural members.

The main structure consists of three sheets which are laser-welded and subsequently brought into the form. The thick centre forms the tunnel, the actual of the passenger cell. Other new which are very important for protection and the rigidity of the bodyshell the continuous floor side the insides of which are additionally with steel sections. are connected to the front ends of the members, thereby lengthening the paths to which forces can be during an impact. At the rear the side members extend to the beneath the rear seat to stabilise the entire floor resulting in a considerable improvement in the characteristics of the bodyshell.

Mercedes have also incorporated aluminium cross-members so-called struts into the floor One of these is located beneath the and is designed to direct forces to the side of the vehicle during a impact. The second tunnel creates a connection between the two members. This likewise the floor assembly and is able to impact forces into the structure at an early stage a side impact. Diagonal between the side skirts and the members also improve and improve the vehicle’s cornering

Side wall: reinforced with three layers of

The outer side walls of the new are of one-piece construction. Individually inner panels ensure strength in the area of the roof The B-pillars, which are required to large forces and transfer to the bodyshell structure during a impact, consists of three steel layers plus a reinforced area extending to the edge of the belt deflector One of the sections and the reinforcement are made hot-formed, ultra high-strength

When designing the doors, engineers also devoted attention to the door hinges, for they developed special, mounting plates. This a robust, integrated structure is able to provide effective to the occupants in the event of a collision. The door panels are high-strength plates reinforced by sections in the of the frame, waistline and at bumper

Additional members located in the area between the outer and door panels supplement the impact protection measures. of the rear doors has two of these sections.

Rear end: of flexibly rolled high-tech

The major components of the rear-end are multi-piece side members of steel and a robust, flexible The rear side members are closed box sections with graduated material thicknesses. are able to absorb large and make a major contribution to safety during a rear The bolt-on flexible cross-member is by an innovative, flexible rolling which likewise allows the thickness to be varied as required. means that the ultra steel can be processed in such a way areas with different thicknesses can be produced within a component. Accordingly the thickness on the of the cross-member where impact are highest is greater than on the

The new C-Class also meets the most stringent crash where rear impact is concerned, for example the 80 mph test in the

To ensure that the optionally rear seat backrests are anchored, Mercedes engineers a supporting structure for the rear of the passenger cell which is to the side walls, floor and parcel shelf. This not provides a solid anchorage for the hinges and catches, but also to the high torsional rigidity of the

Long-term protection: fully bodyshell with scratch-resistant

Long-term anti-corrosion protection for the is based on fully galvanised panels, some of which an additional organic coating on sides depending on their e.g. on the doors or on the front, and rear longitudinal members. coating also contains zinc pigments. Mercedes-Benz protects the most vulnerable areas of the bodywork with a preserving agent, for example on the side members, the upper member plane, the door and the rear wheel arches.

weather-sealing the welding seams prevents the onset of corrosion. seam sealing benefits not the bonnet, doors, boot lid and wheel arches, but also a proportion of the welded joints in the structure of the new C-Class. Using plastic for a large area of the panelling has allowed Mercedes to dispense with conventional PVC This underbody panelling the body from stone water and soiling. Axle subject to severe stone are also protected by a plastic

Mercedes-Benz also makes a contribution to exemplary long-term and value retention with a clearcoat based on nano-technology. innovative paint system, celebrated its world debut at at the end of 2003, is a standard feature of the new and is used for both metallic and finishes.

Thanks to remarkable in the field of nano-technology, it was possible to the tiny ceramic particles less than one millionth of a into the molecular structure of the binder.

These particles a three-fold improvement in the scratch-resistance of the finish and ensure a visibly long-lasting sheen.

Exterior significantly larger glass

The exterior mirrors of the new C-Class an important contribution to perceptive the glass surfaces have significantly enlarged, and thereby meet future legislation. the new exterior mirrors, the driver is able to recognise smaller lying on the ground around metres behind the vehicle.

Mercedes-Benz C 200 K W20

To that the mirrors always the clearest possible view to the they are electrically heated as The heating system is switched on depending on the outside temperature and Both exterior mirrors are adjustable, and fold inwards at the of a button. Various mirror can be stored if the memory package is specified. This package includes a useful parking as soon as the driver engages gear, the lens of the exterior on the front passenger side downwards. This gives the a view of the kerb and assists manoeuvres into parking

Sliding roofs: large of glass from front to

In addition to the glass tilting/sliding Mercedes-Benz offers an extra for the new which guarantees very open-air enjoyment, namely a sliding roof.

The description can be literally, as the glass surface of new development is almost twice the of the tilting/sliding roof, extending the windscreen right back to the window. At the touch of a button, the section of the glass roof is and slides to the rear over the section, while an air deflector pops up at the front. As with the roof, the front section of the sliding roof can also be put in the position. Remote control the electronic ignition key is also with this roof. If the is equipped with PRE-SAFE® pages 47/48), the tilting/sliding and the panoramic sliding roof are into the preventive occupant system and close automatically an impending accident. If linked to the sensor, the panoramic sliding also closes automatically it rains.

Extruded aluminium form the robust structure of the developed panoramic sliding which is bonded to the roof as a completely prefabricated module. both sides, black-painted mouldings cover the gap between the and the glass panels. Sun protection is by tinted glass and electric blinds on the inside of both surfaces.

Aerodynamics: best Cd of any notchback saloon in this

On the basis of their enormous and with the help of the latest methods, Mercedes engineers also achieved another where the aerodynamics are concerned. a less tapered rear larger rear radii, exterior mirrors and smaller overhangs, the new C-Class achieves a Cd of 0.27 the best in the market for notchback saloons.

Based on the key dimensions and the fundamental stylistic 1. 4-scale models of the new C-Class initially produced and subjected to wind tunnel tests to the conditions for good aerodynamics. experimental work was supplemented flow simulations in the form of a process known as computational dynamics, or CFD for short, which airflow characteristics. The latest CFD enabled the Mercedes engineers to and optimise the aerodynamic conditions the bonnet, in the underbody area or individual body components, as identifying the potential for further at an early stage.

Headlamps: lighting according to the driving

The new C-Class literally shows the way with its ultra-modern headlamp as the Intelligent Light System by Mercedes-Benz is optionally available for the time in this vehicle It includes five different functions:

Country mode


Enhanced foglamps

Light System


In this way Mercedes-Benz has made yet important contribution to driving and accident prevention.

The Intelligent Light System is on powerful bi-xenon headlamps. are variably controllable, and are networked other electronic control on board the Saloon from the headlamps obtain information the current driving situation and their beam patterns The familiar low-beam headlamps are by the new country mode, which the driver’s-side edge of the road widely and brightly than In the dark, this enables the to appraise the situation and respond rapidly when other users cross his path.

mode, which comes on when driving above 90 increases the driver’s range of by up to 60 percent. This lighting is activated in two stages: the Intelligent System first increases the of the bi-xenon lamps from 35 to 38 thereby increasing the light and providing noticeably better of the road ahead and the side The second stage of motorway becomes available at 110 km/h and when the beam of the bi-xenon on the driver’s side is elevated Motorway mode has a range of 120 metres, and the driver is able to see 50 metres further at the centre of cone of light than conventional low-beam headlamps.

the enhanced fog lamps, Mercedes-Benz provides drivers with orientation in adverse weather This new lighting function is at speeds below 70 km/h, as as the rear fog light is switched on. The headlamp technology of the Intelligent System makes it possible to the bi-xenon headlamp on the driver’s outwards by eight degrees, lowering its beam. This the nearside of the road surface brightly and reduces the glare reflected light in foggy

The Intelligent Light System includes the active headlamp and light functions. These are on automatically: depending on the steering yaw rate and vehicle speed, the headlamps pivot sideways by up to 15 in fractions of a second, thereby improving road illumination. On an bend with a radius of 190 the driver is able to see 25 metres than with conventional headlamps thanks to this This function operates both dipped and high-beam

The cornering light function into the main headlamps safety when entering openings and tight bends. It is activated if the driver operates the or turns the steering wheel at a below 40 km/h. The headlamps illuminate the side area of the vehicle to a range of around 30 at an angle of up to 65 degrees.

A headlamp system supplements the technology of the Light System. This is to the windscreen washer system, and is every tenth time is operated. This has the advantage the headlamp cleaning system no needs to be operated manually.

In trim, the new C-Class leaves the line equipped with developed projector-beam headlamps. Two lights are incorporated in the upper, area of the headlamp units they meet the bonnet, and reflector-type high-beam headlamps are below these, on the inside. The foglamps are integrated into the lining, and are therefore in a favourable, low for their purpose.

Powerful systems with around 50 more lighting power are available as an alternative to the halogen headlamps. In addition to the headlamp system, rear lights yellow indicators in LED technology are if Mercedes customers opt for the Intelligent System and/or bi-xenon

Whether halogen or bi-xenon is in both cases the standard assist function ensures the vehicle lights come on when darkness falls or the enters a tunnel. It is activated by the switch in the dashboard (Auto


More space comfort. This is the simple but formula on which the advances which the occupants of the new C-Class are based. The 55-millimetre longer and wider body compared to the model, as well as a 45-millimetre wheelbase, create the conditions for an more generously sized in the Saloon. This is noticeable by the distance between the front and seat hip reference points, is now 795 millimetres and therefore exceeds of the previous C-Class by ten millimetres. in the rear benefit from millimetres more legroom, knee-room has improved by nine

The occupants also enjoy space and comfort thanks to the new widths, with both shoulder-room and elbow-room increased by 40 mm to and 1440 millimetres respectively. In the the Saloon offers a shoulder-room of millimetres and an elbow-room of 1462 — 20 resp. 40 millimetres than the preceding model. The new dimensions also benefit the available in the footwells and for seat the footrest in the driver’s footwell is now larger, and seat adjustment has noticeably improved.

Mercedes also attached great to comfort when entering and the vehicle. Passengers in the new C-Class an up to seven-millimetre higher seating which makes getting in This is also helped by the front edges of the B-pillars, the front door aperture and the new of the seat cushions in the rear.

the new C-Class also has more for luggage. The boot capacity has by 20 litres to 475 litres (acc. to VDA method). The boot aperture now 490 millimetres, exceeding that of the model by 43 millimetres. The new dimensions of the at a glance:

Seats: long-distance as standard

Because the seats can a very major contribution to comfort, the designers gave close care and attention to aspect. The result is newly front seats which further benefits in terms of distribution and lateral support. was made possible by developing a contour with more side seat bolsters and the use of seat padding: in the outer and especially in the enthusiast seat the foam padding is rather in the interests of good lateral while the inner area of the surface is softer.

In addition, the padding on the seat surface is five percent thicker in the preceding model.

In this way the specialists have achieved a pressure distribution and avoided peaks especially at the Tuber i.e. the area to the side of the bone which can be uncomfortable a long journey.

The seat is supported by a seat base integral springs. A frame of high-strength steel provides a base for the front seats. tubular sections and impact-absorbing in the seat mouldings ensure the seats are able to absorb forces during a side and transfer these to the unaffected of the vehicle.

The backrests of the front consist of a steel frame and padding whose contours likewise been designed to better lateral support. The of the foam backrest has been by around five percent to the previous C-Class. With the of a lumbar support included as the driver is able to adjust the contour to his spinal anatomy and strain on the back muscles a contribution to long-distance comfort.

As the height and backrest angle of the seats are electrically adjustable, the fore-and-aft position and seat angle are adjusted manually. At 290 the new C-Class has the longest seat travel in this market The individual seat position can be in very small increments of 4.5 and is therefore finely variable. The angle is also continuously This means that very tall and very drivers are able to adjust the for best possible access to all the controls. The adjustment ranges of the seats are as follows:

Fore-and-aft: 290

Seat height: 54 millimetres

angle: 4.8 degrees

Head height: 85 millimetres

Even operating convenience is provided by the electrically adjustable front available as an optional extra. In case not only the cushion and backrest angle, but also the position, cushion angle, restraint, steering column and mirrors can be adjusted by electric If the memory package is specified, individual settings can be stored. a button on the inner door causes the seats, steering and exterior mirrors to move to the position automatically. When the removes the electronic ignition key of the new the steering wheel can be pivoted and the driver’s seat slid to the by 60 millimetres to allow even comfortable egress. The steering remains in this position the ignition key is reinserted, allowing the more legroom when in.

Multicontour seat: air chambers for

The multicontour seat is a well-proven invention that greatly to the long-distance comfort of passenger bearing the star. Multicontour that the occupants are able to the contours of the seat to suit anatomy or personal preferences. is made possible by separately air chambers beneath the seat

From autumn 2007 is offering a further development of the seat as an optional extra for the This new technology monitors the contour adjustments and ensures the air chambers are appropriately inflated at all Two of these chambers are in the backrest, they act as a continuously variable support, while the side have one chamber each and inflatable chamber adjusts the cushion length.

In conjunction the AMG sports package, sports with more pronounced and backrest bolsters for more lateral support are available for the and front passenger.

Rear comfortable and versatile

The rear unit with its further upholstery is of one-piece construction as Three head restraints and inertia-reel seat belts the safety of the occupants. The outer seats are also equipped belt tensioners and belt limiters, as well as head adjustable for height and angle. the standardised attachment system for seats, is also included in the

For drivers who wish to put the boot of the to variable use, Mercedes-Benz has a divided backrest which can be and easily folded forward on a 1. 2 The head restraints move together with the backrests and do not to be removed first.

In the ELEGANCE and lines the rear seat features a centre armrest an integral cupholder for two cans or as standard. On request Mercedes-Benz is to equip the rear seat of the C-Class with integral booster seats which out of the seat cushion (available spring 2008).

Dashboard: of form and function

What good must also good this is the Mercedes followed by the dashboard, centre and the transmission tunnel and door of the new C-Class. This is because specialists regard the tactile of materials as a major contribution to and wellbeing.

The dashboard may be ordered a two-tone colour scheme, in case the upper section and console are in a darker colour the knee protection, glove lid and tunnel lining are visually by a lighter, contrasting colour. The cluster, controls and air vents are and integrated into the interior contours. The precise edges and radii that characterise the appearance of the interior are the result of an production process: the foamed skin is sprayed into shells mounted on a plastic structure using robots. surface skin consists of polyurethane plastic which is to the touch and can be varied in thickness as Moreover, this process a homogeneous surface with no joins or seams.

The pivoting of the display compartment and the glove lid are also finished using process, giving the dashboard a high-quality appearance. The illuminated compartment has a capacity of 6.4 litres and can be air It also accommodates a twelve-volt and a connection for an external audio (if a radio is fitted).

An aluminium acts as a robust support for the and its components. The glove compartment, centre console and jacket are attached to this solid which is around 1.8 kilograms than a comparable welded construction. The cross-member reduces and vibrations, and helps to give stability to the A-pillars to which it is at both ends.

The centre is harmoniously integrated into the and colour concept of the dashboard. The for the audio system and telephone are positioned below the air vents. area is delineated from the centre of the Dashboard featuring the for the standard air conditioning system by a edge. This is followed by an right-angled transition to the tunnel in which the shift lever, the and an asymmetrically divided armrest are to be On the driver’s side this extends well forward, as a practical handrest for operation of the Beneath it is a spacious stowage If the new C-Class is equipped with three-zone luxury automatic control, the tunnel console features an operating unit for of the blower and air conditioning by passengers in the (see page 77).

The keys and controls are laid out in with the latest ergonomic and positioned according to the importance of functions, frequency of use or visual This means that the position in the centre console is by the prominent red key for the hazard warning where it is equally well to both the driver and front This is followed by an array of for optional equipment such as seats, PARKTRONIC or the interior protection system; at the lower end the console features the operating for the automatic climate control.

precise information at a glance

The instruments with chrome black faces and white are illuminated in white and lie in the driver’s field of vision to provide on the vehicle speed (centre) and speed (right). The instruments the coolant temperature and fuel are located in the left cylinder of the cluster. The use of black-panel technology that the warning and control are not visible during normal they are only seen the ignition is switched on or in the event of a

In addition each dial incorporates a display, e.g. the time (left), total and mileage, plus any warning (centre), and the outside temperature The display functions can be selected the four keys on the standard steering wheel. In the ELEGANCE and lines, the instrument cluster is to a luxury multifunction steering with even more (see page 68). In the of the speedometer there is a two-section, display illuminated in white upper section can be used to a variety of information such as the reading, range, oil level, and time travelled, average consumption and average speed. If a system (optional) is installed, display area also the route for the relevant journey. display can also be used to the radio station, telephone and up to 50 individual settings. In addition to pictograms, the lower section of the display shows the time, temperature, current gear and mode (with automatic and vehicle speed in digital

Steering wheel: control with twelve keys

Mercedes-Benz C 200 K W20
Mercedes-Benz C 200 K W20
Mercedes-Benz C 200 K W20
Mercedes-Benz C 200 K W20


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