The premium saloon market is one of the most hotly contested battlegrounds within the automotive industry. Amongst this melee is the big three German brands with a bad case of sibling rivalry. Audi have the A4, BMW the 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz the C-Class. BMW have produced a very comprehensive package in the 3 Series’ latest incarnation, but now Mercedes retaliates.
Bigger yet 100KG lighter, the all-new 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class offers all of its bigger brothers high-tech toys in this segment. The new C-Class has the option of air suspension for the first time and becomes a forerunner for the technology in this class. This new shape sees a long purposeful bonnet teamed with short overhangs. Clearly resembling the S-Class in its design inside and out, the interior is lavish and aims to set a new standard in this bracket. At its launch in June the car will have three engines on offer initially consisting of; 2.1 litre turbodiesel with 168BHP, a 154BHP 1.6 petrol, with a 2.0 litre petrol outputting 181BHP completing the lineup. More engines are to follow. Full blooded AMG Coupe and Saloon variants are on their way but the standard models do also have an AMG styling pack option.