New model Mercedes-Benz C-Class more expensive but sharper value.
The new W205 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is due to arrive from August 23, with the base model priced at $60,900 plus on road costs, a $1000 price hike over the current model but Benz claims all models will be significantly better value.
As part of the value push, all models will be fitted with a digital radio, blind spot warning system, automatic emergency braking, LED headlamps, electric front seats and Keyless Go (push button start) as standard equipment on top of the nine-airbags, reversing camera, Parktronic (parking sensors), cruise control and satellite navigation that is fitted to the current model.
Five models will be initially available in when the new C goes on sale in Australia: the C200, C200 diesel, C250, C250 diesel and a C300 BlueTec Hybrid. Wagon versions (Estate in Mercedes speak) are $2,500, but an electronic tailgate is included in the price.
The range opens with the C200 turbo petrol, fitted with a 2.0 motor while for $1,500 extra, the C200 diesel is fitted with a 1.6 litre turbo diesel engine.
Stepping up to the more potent C250 models-a more powerful 2.0 litre petrol turbo for $68,900 and $70,400 for the 2.2 litre turbo BlueTec diesel-buyers are also treated to extra equipment such as a clever driver assistance package that comprises of pedestrian detection technology, a rear mounted radar that can predict potential rear shunts and prime safety systems. There is also active steering as well as leather seats and larger 19inch wheels.
The C300 BlueTec Hybrid is priced from $74,900 and combines the 2.2 diesel with an electric motor to achieve a claimed fuel economy figure of 3.2 litres per 100 kilometres.
As per usual for Mercedes, option pack will be available: The AMG pack is $4490 on the C200 and $2490 on the C250 and adds a body kit, drops the ride by 15mm, sits the car on special 19inch wheels which are clamped by stronger brakes, darkens the woodgrain and instils the cabin with a sport flavour thanks to a flat bottom steering wheel which is connected to sharper steering.
The Vision Pack is priced at $4,990 and consists of a heads-up display, active headlights.
A 13 speaker Burmester sound system with 10GB hard drive and upgraded sat nav are bundled together in the Comand package, which can be had for $2990.
More powerful six cylinder and AMG hotrods are to follow.