New Mercedes C-Class

Mercedes has put a new face for the C-Class. This latest version gets a new look and improved fuel efficiency.

Mercedes has put a new face on their small executive saloon, the C-Class. The latest version of the model with a new look front-end and improved fuel efficiency.

A revised grille and new front bumper, featuring LED daytime running lights, give the four-year-old compact exec the latest family look. But the biggest updates have taken place under the skin.

Not only does the 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission get revised gear ratios so that the engine is doing less work when cruising, but all models now have stop-start technology as standard, cutting the engine in stationary traffic. That means fuel economy is up to 31 per cent better across the range.

The most efficient variant is the manual C220 CDI diesel, which promises 58.8mpg, plus a low CO2 emissions output of 117g/km. The C350 features a fresh 302bhp petrol V6, and claims 41.5mpg and 159g/km emissions.

To reduce weight, aluminium bonnets are fitted across the new line-up, while all models will carry the BlueEFFICIENCY badge.

Also debuting on the C-Class is a raft of safety kit, including a drowsiness detector which sounds an alarm when you're nodding off, and lane keep assistance which detects when you're straying over the white lines, and uses the steering to gently correct your course.

The fresh dashboard has a larger multimedia screen with better navigational aids, plus Internet access - but the later is only available when stationary.

The revised C-Class is on sale in March. Prices are expected to rise slightly, starting from around £25,000.

Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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