The German premium brand has unveiled additional technical details about its fourth-generation C-class sedan, which is scheduled in about two months to make its world debut at the Detroit auto show.
After we saw earlier pics with the interior of the new C Class, Mercedes gets all technical with us and says the new generation will be lighter and have a better fuel economy – all thanks to the new lightweight body structure of the fourth-generation. This will contribute to a 20% reduction in fuel consumption in some models.
The C class will have a new lightweight body with a new aluminum hybrid construction process it would save as much as 100 kg (220 pounds) over the current model depending on the engine it uses. The new structure uses up to 48 % aluminum.
The new C-class body structure has nine primary cast components, with the suspension set on aluminum die-cast elements that should be significantly more rigid than the steel components used traditionally. Newly developed hydroformed tube and aluminum cast components should also cater for outstanding test results in NHTSA crash testing procedures in the United States.
The fourth-generation C class also employs a newly developed chassis, with a new four-link front and five-link rear suspension that should bring “unsurpassed wheel location qualities,” “supreme straight line stability” and “outstanding NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) qualities.”
Also, as we already know, Mercedes has also revealed the new C class will receive a brand new redesign of the interior, with and optional head-up display, a touch pad within the center console and a free standing central display featuring a standard 7-inch or optional 8.4-inch color monitor.
Via Automotive News Europe