Motoring News: Mercedes unveils new engines for new C-class

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I have written extensively about the new Mercedes Benz C-class but earlier this week Mercedes announced new engine options for its amazing new executive compact saloon. For tonight’s post I thought I’d keep it short and sweet and give you some more information about the new engines that will be available.

Petrol engines initially included the C180 with a 1.6 litre (115kW and 250Nm) and a larger C200 which is a 2.0 litre (135kW and 300Nm). New petrol engines include a C200 4Matic making use of the same 2.0 litre as the standard C200 but power now goes to all four wheels. Next up is the C300 which is a 2.0 litre producing 175kW and 370Nm which will compete against the BMW 328i. Topping the range will be the C400 4Matic which is powered by a very impressive engine; it’s a 3.0 litre six cylinder producing 245kW and 480Nm while being amazingly efficient using a claimed 7.8l/100km. For the hybrid fans there is also a C350 Hybrid features a 2.0 litre (155kw and 350Nm) paired to an electric motor which develops 50kW, this gives the hybrid an incredible combined consumption of only 3.0l/100km. In the not too distant future the range will also feature the manic C63 AMG powered by an all new 4.0 litre V8 which is rumoured to have 500HP or more.

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For diesel fans there is a lot of choice and probably because the diesels will no doubt be the volume sellers for the new C-class. Staring the range is the C180 BlueTec which is a 1.6 litre producing 85kW and 250Nm, as far as I know this engine is sourced from Renault. This tends to shock people but I have driven a Megane with this engine and it was incredibly smooth, refined and surprisingly punchy on top of being unbelievably frugal. Next in the range is the C200 BlueTec it is also 1.6 litre but produces 100kW and 300Nm. Next up is the C220 BlueTec which displaces 2.2 litres and produces 125kW and 400Nm, the same engine is available in the C250 4Matic but produces 150kW and an impressive 500Nm, this will most likely be the pick of the range. There is also a diesel hybrid – the C300 BlueTec hybrid which is the familiar 2.2 litre (150kW and 500Nm) which is combined with a 20kW electric motor. I do hope that Mercedes launches a 3.0 litre six cylinder diesel to top the range but there is no word on that as of yet.

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So looks like Mercedes’ bread and butter model is going to be a huge success and with such a large range of powerful yet frugal engines is easy to see why this will be a sales hit. I can’t wait to see the car in the flesh because it really is a looker and the interior is just gorgeous, will it be enough to steal the crown from the much lauded BMW 3-series? Bring on a group test!

Please note that all images were taken from http://www.netcarshow.com

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