Mercedes unveiled the much-changed C-Class in private at Detroit earlier this year, but has waited until here at Geneva to give the public its first look at the car.
Thats allowed the first C-Class coupe (see separate story) to be completed in time to appear alongside the revised saloon and estate.
All engines are more fuel-efficient and better for CO2 emissions, led by the C220 CDI, which now emits just 117g/km.
Theres much more to the revised C-Class than lower tax ratings, emphasised by there being 2000 new components scattered around the range. Ten new driver assistance systems become available, the interior has had a significant quality upgrade and the exterior has been refreshed in a subtle-enough way to avoid damaging the secondhand values of existing cars. Theres also a new telematics system thats easier to use.
The revised C-Class goes on sale with five four-cylinder engines. There are three cars powered by Mercs 2.1-litre CDI tubodiesel. These are:
• C200 (134bhp/266lb ft)
• C220 (168bhp/296lb ft)
• C250 (201bhp/370lb ft)
There are also two with a 1.8-litre direct-injection turbocharged petrol unit:
• C180 (154bhp/185lb ft)
• C250 (201bhp/229lb ft).
All have engine stop-start.
A V6 diesel will join the range in summer and a revised AMG model still with the old 6.3-litre V8 engine, but with 10% better fuel economy will follow soon afterwards.
Mercedes has put prices are up by an average 1.5% to reflect the latest changes, but despite that the C-Class is now a better overall ownership proposition.