Mercedes C-Class 2013 Upgrades
(Monday 30 July 2012)
Mercedes-Benz has been working on the C-Class range, which is somewhat changed for the 2013 model year. One engine, the 3.5-litre petrol V6, has been withdrawn from the saloon and estate (though it's still available for the Coupé), while another, much more economical, one has been introduced.
It's a 1.6-litre direct-injection petrol turbo unit producing a maximum of 154bhp which is being fitted to C 180 BlueEfficiency models. Combined fuel economy is 47.9mpg for the both the saloon and the estate, and 44.1mpg for the Coupé, while CO2 emissions are 138g/km, 139g/km and 149g/km respectively.
C-Class trim levels have been revised, and now start with the entry-level Executive SE. There is no longer an Elegance, but much the same effect is achieved by specifying the £2000 optional Luxury Package for the Executive SE. Sport has also been deleted from the saloon and estate line-ups and replaced by AMG Sport and AMG Sport Plus, which are respectively a little lower (and cheaper) and higher (and more expensive) than Sport was.
There is still a Coupé AMG Sport, as before, but that range now gets an AMG Sport Plus variant too, most of the £1000 extra you have to pay for it going on styling upgrades.
Across the range in general there are new colours (dealers will be able to show you those), repositioned cruise control and indicator stalks, revised graphics for the telematics screen and, in cars which combined telematics with the COMAND system, an eCall system which reports the car's position to a call centre in the event of an emergency.